Fallout 4 Set in Boston? ‘Survivor 2299’ Plot Thickens [Update]

Fallout 4 set in Boston Survivor 2299 plot thickens

Update [12/02/2013 – 07:45]: Now that one of Survivor 2299’s countdowns has run to zero, yet more codes have spawned from the mysterious site.

It appears that a story is starting to finally take shape, with Vault 119 having encountered an “unknown enemy.” The details can be found in the next article:

Fallout 4 ‘Survivor 2299′ Vault 119 Enemy Invasion, Institute Shutdown and Timelines

Update [11/30/2013 – 17:38]: With clues from the Survivor 2299 website starting to dry up, in recent days, fresh revelations over the legitimacy of old evidence is starting to materialize.

The latest Fallout 4 trademark and “teaser trailer” audio clip are now confirmed to be false, representing the creations of simple hoaxers. In addition, it is hypothesized that the latest 3450 kHz broadcasts, derived from one of Survivor 2299’s previous clues, are also fake.

The Las Vegas Guardian Express has produced a rundown of the latest evidence:

Fallout 4 Leaked Trailer Audio, 3450 kHz Broadcasts and Trademark Faked by Hoaxers?

Update [11/28/2013 – 15:48]: The next series of Survivor 2299 Morse code clues have recently been interpreted by the ever-watchful Redditors. The Las Vegas Guardian Express has looked into the possible downfall of Boston, in the fictional universe, which could serve as the prelude to the next Fallout game:

Fallout 4 “Survivor 2299″ Air Raid Sirens, Frequency 3450 Transmissions and Boston’s Destruction

Update [11/26/2013 – 16:03]: As expected, further updates to the Survivor 2299 teaser site have emerged, one of which is in the form of a very wordy Morse code message. Our next article ponders over the broadcast of city-wide, “Stage 7″ warnings and a brand new “Vault Tec” message:

“Fallout 4 ‘Survivor 2299′ Teaser Reveals Stage 7 Warnings and Vault Tec Message”

As always, many thanks to the numerous commenters for regularly keeping us updated with fresh information.

Update [11/24/2013 – 16:45]: Over in the Fallout subreddit, Whitelunick and co. are now well and truly into part eight of the “Survivor 2299 Speculation and Hype Megathread.”

With this in mind, we can personally verify that the Morse code has changed to the following, when interpreted using a Morse code reader:


In a series of, now-deleted, subpages it appears that the following codes were also subsequently revealed:

  • QBN (Quabbin?) = EF
  • BGP (Bridgeport?) = OZ
  • CNC (Concord?) = SZ

Inputting QBN, BGP and CNC into the afore-mentioned code (in place of EF, OZ and SZ, respectively), and using common Morse shorthand to replace some of the remaining letter combinations, the community tentatively suggest the followed message:

“Bridgeport this is Concord -Message- Quabbin is hit – I repeat – Quabbin is hit”

The names of the places (Bridgeport, Concord and Quabbin) are all clustered around Massachusetts, where Fallout 4 is speculated to play out. These locations appear to be the top contenders for the coded message; however, if this changes, we will keep you notified.

On the main Survivor 2299 teaser page, the message now reads, “Nuclear winter is coming in…” and then goes on to provide a countdown (just under seven days, from the date of writing).

Redditor Bullshii has also identified “<span time=”1385930100″></span>” in the source code, possibly alluding to a big artwork reveal.

Meanwhile, Corey Hampson kindly provided is with information on some of the other features of the site’s javascript, rightly pointing out that the script shows there will be an “age box” of some description, with which visitors will likely have to enter in their date of birth to, eventually, access the site.

That about wraps up the latest developments. Many thanks to all of our readers for keeping us updated in the comments section. If we have missed anything, please feel free to drop us a line.

Update [11/24/2013 – 02:35]: Additional messages are being discovered all the time through Reddit; some have been confirmed, others remain a work in progress.

A number within the Fallout subreddit have hypothesized links between one of the codes and Point Lookout character Desmond Lockheart, whilst another message potentially alludes to Caesar’s Legion.

It bears not that this remains pure speculation at the moment, and has not been factually verified by Bethesda officials. The new post can be found here:

“Fallout 4 Conjecture: Caesar’s Legion, Desmond Lockheart and ‘Survivor 2299′ Code Breakdowns”

Big thank you to Matthew Bohn for keeping us updated on the latest developments, as well as the Reddit community for their dogged attempts to decipher the codes.

Original Article [11/23/2013 – 18:01]: The speculative Fallout 4 news is streaming in, thick and fast. The plot thickens, as yet another mysterious code has made its way onto the Survivor 2299 teaser website. The Las Vegas Guardian Express has been following the developments closely, analyzing all of the decoded messages, as well as a new audio clip, conjectured to have been ripped from a Fallout 4 teaser trailer.

Is ‘Fallout: Boston’ on the Cards?

The latest message recently appeared on the Survivor2299.com teaser website, only a few short hours ago:


Again – Reddit to the rescue – the code was almost immediately cracked. The code was quickly broken using Vigenère deciphering techniques and, according to Redditor Whitelunick, is reported to read as follows:

“The Quabbin Reservoir is seven zero four two two nine nine.”

The reference to the Quabbin Reservoir would seem to support prior speculation, which posited the next installment of Fallout to take place in Boston. It’s suggested that the numbers, 7042299 could refer to a date of some sort – possibly 07/04/2299. Again, this would fit the chronology of the series; Fallout 3 took place in the 2270s, whereas Fallout: New Vegas commenced in the 2280s.

The Quabbin Reservoir is a real-life body of water, described as one of the largest, man-made public water supplies in the United States and, when at maximum capacity, holds 412 billion gallons of water. The reservoir is located in Massachusetts and is currently the main supply of water for Boston.

The Boston setting has been talked about extensively for some time, when an anonymous Reddit user indicated that the developers, Bethesda, were already scouting the area. Specifically, the process reportedly took place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

“The rumors are true, Fallout 4 will take place in Boston. In case you haven’t heard, Bethesda has recently been scoping out and researching Boston. They also have a strong connection to MIT. I may or may not be an MIT employee. But that’s really all I can say for fear of losing my job.

I am telling you it will take place in Boston. Whether you believe me or not, how do you feel about a Fallout Boston?”

The Commonwealth and the Institute

Many have suggested the rumors to stack up with existing Fallout lore. During Fallout 3, the developers introduced The Commonwealth, which was thought to be the equivalent of Massachusetts.

During one of the side quests in Fallout 3, called The Replicated Man, occuring in Rivet City, the player encounters Dr. Zimmer. Zimmer and his colleagues created a series of rebellious robots who managed to escape their engineering overlords. Upon meeting the eccentric NPC, he provides some rather informative spiel on The Commonwealth:

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According to the Fallout wikia page, The Commonwealth is what remains of the “pre-war American state of Massachusetts in New England.” Prior to the beginning of the fictitious Great War, Massachusetts was classified as being part of the New England Commonwealth of the U.S., before becoming a devastated wasteland.

The Commonwealth is also home to the Institute, renowned for churning out highly advanced technologies. After the war, MIT managed to survive. However, the MIT name was reassigned to the Institute, information that might explain why Bethesda were allegedly scoping out Massachusetts and MIT.

The Institute was also briefly mentioned during Fallout 3‘s Broken Steel DLC, where Dr. Madison Li was said to have ventured into The Commonwealth to visit the infamous organization. Her fate remains uncertain, however.

Railroad Versus the Institute

Something that may factor into Fallout 4 – if it does, indeed, take place in a Boston setting – is the reported conflict transpiring between the Institute and the Railroad, whose primary ambition is to free sentient

Victoria Watts one of the Railroad members
Image of Victoria Watts, one of the Railroad members, encountered during Fallout 3

androids from their captors. However, the Institute created a branch, called the Commonwealth Police, to recapture androids that have fled the facility.

Bethesda, meanwhile, has yet to confirm whether or not Fallout 4 will be based in Boston and our attempts to make contact with the developers have proved fruitless – as appears to have been the case with all other media outlets.

So far, we’ve experienced recent Fallout adventures in Washington DC (Fallout 3), Nevada (Fallout: New Vegas), Maryland (Broken Steel DLC) and Pittsburgh (The Pitt DLC). Could Fallout 4 be set in Boston? Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, check out some of our other articles, below, to catch up on all the latest Fallout 4 rumors.

Related Articles:

Fallout 4 Conjecture: Caesar’s Legion, Desmond Lockheart and ‘Survivor 2299′ Code Breakdowns

Fallout 4 Trailer Audio Potentially Leaked: Reddit Questions Legitimacy

Fallout 4 ‘Survivor 2299′ Morse Code Signals Possible VGA Announcement: Oscar Zulu Station, Clock Countdowns and Nuclear Winter


Fallout subreddit (Whitelunick)

Fallout subreddit (Boston)

Fallout Wikia (Commonwealth)

Fallout Wikia (The Institute)

Survivor2299.com Teaser Site


Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

Energy and Environmental Affairs

Updated Sources:

Fallout Subreddit (Whitelunick – Part 8)

Fallout Subreddit (Whitelunick – Part 7)

By James Fenner

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