Recent unconfirmed rumors have sparked the suspicion that Bethesda’s presence at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) conference will mean the public announcement of the next game in the Fallout series. Rumors circulating the internet concerning the development of the much anticipated Fallout 4 have been highly scrutinized, with many examples turning out to be hoaxes, some of which were profoundly elaborate.
Among the hoaxes was a website that has since been taken down and was entitled The Survivor 2299, featured highly wrought details such as a storyline and what was presented as an official contact phone number. The creator of the website came forward in earnest to answer questions on Reddit after Bethesda announced that they had no affiliation with the webpage.
Another of the debunked hoaxes was a page listed on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entitled Fallout: Shadows of Boston, which has since been taken down as well. The page claimed that the upcoming game was called Fallout: Shadows of Boston, set in the Massachusetts capital and featured the voice talents of Erik Dellums returning as Three-Dog.
An article published on Kotaku features documents that were ostensibly leaked from the development team of the currently in production game. The publishing journalist claims to have been lucky enough to be the recipient of official casting call documents from one of the Fallout 4 team. Like other Fallout 4 related rumors, this also insists on the Boston location, referencing a project called The Institute. The Institute, or Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as we know it in 2014, is said to be a major focal point of the next game. The Kotaku writer stresses the importance of acknowledging that scenes and details are often invented specifically for casting calls, and that the scenes described in the casting calls may not actually be present in the finished game.
Zenimax Studios, parent company to Maryland based Bethesda Softworks, filed for three patents with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for “nuka cola,” the iconic beverage of the Fallout franchise. The patents “with intent to use,” meaning the production of apparel, computer software and electronic services “relating to computer games via the internet.” This could mean an influx of new Fallout themed hoodies, alarm clocks and mugs. Perhaps the Fallout series will transition to a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) the way that The Elder Scrolls seems to have done The answers may be revealed if Fallout 4 ends up being at E3.
After the 2010 release of Fallout: New Vegas, fans of the post apocalyptic RPG series have been wanting more. Famous for its frustratingly pervasive glitches, New Vegas upset a large portion of the fanbase, eliciting comments like, “New Vegas is boring and slow, with few enemies and tedious, poorly envisioned quests. That is why I am playing Fallout 3,” said kingsiv on the message boards of GameFAQ.com.
Whether or not there is any truth inside this cornucopia of rumors remains to be seen, but it is clear that Fallout fans are eagerly awaiting any news about the release of another addition to the beloved series. Further unsubstantiated recent rumors within the last 24 hours on BGR and the Korean website, KDramaStars claim that the game of now mythic proportions could be announced and given a release date at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles this June. Bethesda, publisher of Fallout 4, will be present at E3 and is listed as Booth #1837 on the roster of participants at this year’s expo.
By Faye Barton