Fallout 4 Trailer Audio Potentially Leaked: Reddit Questions Legitimacy [Update]

Fallout 4 trailer audio clip potentially leaked Reddit questions legitimacy (exterior)

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.

Update [11/23/2013 – 18:10]: The Survivor2299 teaser website was recently updated again, with an entirely different code. The nature of the message – if the site is genuine – could signify that Fallout 4 might be set in Boston, confirming previous speculation.

In light of these new revelations, we have produced a new article, dedicated to exploring the decoded message and investigating how existing Fallout 3 lore suggests the next installment to be potentially heading to Boston:

“Fallout 4 Set in Boston? ‘Survivor 2299′ Plot Thickens”

Big thank you to Samuel, who updated us in the comments section of one of our previous Fallout articles.

Meanwhile, you can also check out our previous article, discussing the rest of the teaser site’s cryptic codes:

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

Original Article [11/23/2013 – 10:27]: Over on the Fallout subreddit, speculation is running rampant over the impending announcement of the next iteration of everybody’s most treasured post-apocalyptic franchise – Fallout. Excitement has been brewing, ever since Fallout 4 was allegedly trademarked by DLA Piper, who submitted a filing with the Office for the Harmonization of the Internal Market (OHIM).

When teaser website Survivor2299.com was subsequently launched, showing a countdown clock to Dec. 11, 2013 (coincidentally, the same week as the Video Game Awards), Wastelanders’ giddy anticipation was stoked to almost unimaginable heights. Fallout fans’ ears pricked up upon hearing Morse code and factions of Redditors began resolutely deciphering the hidden message. A slew of additional secret codes were also deciphered, which the Las Vegas Guardian Express has previously reported on.

The Contentious Fallout 4 Trailer Audio

More news comes in from the steadfast Reddit community; this time, there are suggestions that a leaked Fallout 4 trailer/teaser audio clip has made its way onto the Internet. Submitted by PlatinKing, and found by the unfortunately entitled pooperf****r, the clip is almost two minutes in duration:

Listening to the beginning of the clip, it becomes immediately obvious that it is The End of The World by Patti Page, which was originally covered by Skeeter Davis in 1963. However, in addition to the original song, there appears to be additional orchestral music that starts to slowly build to a crescendo, around the halfway mark. At the very end of the piece, another, as yet unidentified, female vocalist very briefly sings.

According to PlatinKing, Soundhound claims the orchestral segment is “Aterrizaje Inminente by Alberto Iglesias (stream: the lowest one).” He also outlines a number of pros and cons that support and negate the legitimacy of the audio clip, respectively. He claims the audio is very professionally edited, which appears to be the general consensus amongst the Reddit community.

However, he also claims the original Reddit uploader possesses a new account. PlatinKing also points to the suspicious means by which the redditor stumbled across the so-called Fallout 4 teaser/trailer audio clip (see sources).

Echoing the sentiments of some of the Reddit gang, the female vocalist section at the audio clip’s conclusion doesn’t seem to quite fit the Fallout universe. However, if the audio clip was lifted from a full video trailer, it’s perhaps a little difficult to appreciate without full context; it might, for example, fit a standard ending showing the company logos and release dates, but this remains pure conjecture.

Does it Fit the Trend of Previous Fallout Teaser Trailers?

Another fantastic point, which was made by user Artemus_Hackwell, was the sheer similarity between the afore-mentioned clip and the introductory sequence for Fallout 3.

Check out the following YouTube clip of the Fallout 3 teaser trailer and listen to each beginning, middle and end section. The Fallout 3 clip shows a damaged radio, audibly and visibly struggling to fire up. Meanwhile, the alleged teaser/trailer clip begins in a similar vein, perhaps as the radio is sparking to life or being tuned to the correct frequency.

The 1941 hit I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire, by the Ink Spots, then begins to blare out in the backdrop. Undoubtedly, both songs have a very similar feel to them, and fit the Fallout universe perfectly.

During the closing parts of both clips, orchestral music ominously builds up. The primary difference between the audio centers around the female vocalist, heard at the end of the potential Fallout 4 teaser/trailer.

Now, listen to the following teaser trailer for Fallout: New Vegas. The same, general trend is observed consistently throughout all the audio clips; an immortal song scrambles to existence, before orchestral music begins to play, increasing in intensity towards the end.

M4ttR, a fellow Redditor, believes the audio to be almost conclusive proof of Fallout 4‘s existence:

“This almost confirms it for me. There’s no way that a fake would go as far as making something like this. Plus, this was completely unexpected. No one was saying anything about the audio for the teaser, and this fits perfectly for it.”

Meanwhile, others were a little more circumspect in their assertions; Water48 waded in with his thoughts on the matter:

“That guy ‘found’ the clip by randomly entering puush [sic] URLs and it has no connection to the site whatsoever. HUGE grain of salt on this one people! Also he was a redditor of only a few hours when posting it.”

It does bear note, when we downloaded the audio clip from the website, it was already entitled “NATURE#NEVER#ENDS.” Many Fallout fans in the Reddit community maintain that the audio clip was doctored to remove the classic “War, war never changes” statement that were heard in the previous Fallout teaser trailers.

It’s quite conceivable that Bethesda might have performed this edit themselves, potentially, to cast more doubt over the recording’s authenticity. However, the title of the clip seems to provide a not-so-subtle hint that the audio was ripped from a teaser trailer for Fallout 4.

So, what do you think to the new teaser site and audio clip. Are they both fake, or legitimate? Sound off in the comments section, below.

By James Fenner


LV Guardian Express

Fallout Subreddit (PlatinKing)

Motoring Crunch

Original Audio Clip Source

Survivor2299.com Teaser Site

Update Source:

Fallout 4 Set in Boston? ‘Survivor 2299′ Plot Thickens

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

Fallout Subreddit (Whitelunick – Part 8)

Fallout Subreddit (Whitelunick – Part 7)

20 Responses to "Fallout 4 Trailer Audio Potentially Leaked: Reddit Questions Legitimacy [Update]"

  1. Anon   November 25, 2013 at 11:13 am

    In the unlikely event that this is read… I’d like to point out that the supposed “audio leak” is a fake. The song featured is from super mario
    Heres a link for proof that the audio leak is fake… just skip to 1:20

    • Mike   November 28, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Yet, it’s been edited together with the Patti Page song for this. I wouldn’t say that disproves it.

  2. Dan Perry   November 25, 2013 at 8:49 am

    The new audio sounds like its going to be in a metropolis of some sort and id say to follow suit it will be released in fall 2014!

  3. Danny   November 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    VGAs is Dec. 7th, not the 11th. U fail…

  4. Paolo   November 24, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I have my doubts about this audio clip since that tumblr audio turned out to be fake even though it was a really good fake, but im 99% sure that thesurvivor2299.com website is legit. It was created by someone with the same IP as other official bethesda websites. With that site being legit, i would say fallout 4 will be a 20 years later type continuation of fallout 3, taking place in Boston and surrounding areas. Big locations will probably be like Quabbin Resevoir(like the potomac river in FO3, not necessarily a marked location on the map, more of a landmark) and the Institute.

  5. Dox Prophecy   November 24, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    people say anyone could do this, i do alot of video and audio editing, it takes weeks, the survivor page and trademark arnt that old, youd need to rush to get something like this off in time to be relevant, if they are trying to throw of us off, they did a good job, to people who havnt tried to do this stuff before, the timing and quality are to perfect, also they probably just started devolpment or arnt far in, thats why there isnt a trailer, you can do audio with just a story board, then code in the graphics later so this is probably just pre production stuff that someone got ahold of, i eblieve its real, but we wont get anything from bethesda for a long time

  6. Clark   November 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    This is giving me chills, and I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. I can NOT wait. It has to happen eventually, and there has been too much speculation and too many rumors for it not to happen. Why not? The new systems were just released, the voice actor of three dog working on a video game for the past year and a half, the ex-bethesda employee apparently leaking the Boston evidence…it almost seems as though Bethesda is doing all of this as a really smart marketing ploy. They don’t have to spend as much on marketing to hype it up, because we, the fans are doing it for them. Its genius in many ways.
    Also, imagine when it does come out. Skyrim’s graphics, except with 3-4 years to perfect them, on a new generation of consoles with up-to-date hardware. It will be as mind blowing as Headshot targeting in a V.A.T.S.
    See you all in Boston.

  7. Mario Giordano   November 24, 2013 at 6:30 am

    I was on http://www.thesurvivor2299.com and i saw that the clock countdown is vanished!

    • imnotsayin   November 28, 2013 at 10:17 am


  8. MElkington   November 24, 2013 at 12:14 am

    I think the voice at the end is Patty Duke who also covered the end of the world song. At he end of Patty Dukes version is the high melancholy singing.

  9. DK3dog   November 23, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Whats missing: “War, war never changes.” And yet the initial static seems a bit loud and almost digital in nature, not unlike an electronica segway. Patti Page’s chorus is rather straight forward when compared to the empathic nature of Blue Moon or Set the World on Fire. I am intrigued, yet unconvinced. The female vocals at the end are short and seemingly well done — for a Diablo game… Unsure overall.

  10. Kevin Edwards   November 23, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I’m 99.9% sure its real from 2 factors; 1 it’s too well done to be a fake, and would take some one who’d have no life what so ever, way too much effort to make. Why? I was completely skeptical listening to it until the soft female singer kicked in at the end. Most people lack the imagination to come up with such a beautiful ending to an audio clip. Also, it’s kinda sad, but I have played every game, watched every movie, with this kinda theme. And own 100’s of soundtracks from them and beyond. I have never heard that last bit from any soundtrack or otherwise. I have ocd, and photo graphic memory for everything I’ve seen and heard. That does not fit anything. And by the quality and style of the last bit. It’s no more then 10 years old. Trust me I’ve heard everything(nearly), thats not from anything else. Anyone who’d fake this, would not know a fem vocalist to just make this. I have an obsession with the end of the world lol

    2, with all these leaks and teases, it’s too much to be just “good timing”

    I say be pretty much ready for an announcement soon

  11. D Pooly   November 23, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    coming from a position working as a former sound engineer I agree with the aforementioned comment stating it could’ve easily been done in a home studio more or less, but the quality is pretty damn clean you’d need some high end gear or at least experience working with a program well enough to get it that clean lol. but i’m hoping to god it isn’t. I love the entire fallout series, like many others and would be extremely happy if it were true! lets keep our finger’s crossed and hope some damn reveal comes soon! thanks james as well for the great article, nice to see one that’s straight to the point and informative for once 🙂

  12. Josh   November 23, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Also on the fallout wiki it says mr.house went to mit I know it wasnt actauly made by bethesda but it could be a leak

  13. josh   November 23, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    it does sound like that start of a fallout game also the woman’s voice is quite familiar and the music at the end fits the post apocalyptic world quite well

    • James Fenner   November 23, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Hey Josh,

      It’s looking promising, fingers crossed. This, combined with the new messages, have me veering more towards it being genuine. But, I still remain a little skeptical.

      We’re currently seeking clarification from Bethesda, but I doubt they’ll confirm or deny.

      Thanks for commenting!


  14. Alan Westerman   November 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    My take is… the quality of it doesn’t necessarily point to it not being a hoax. That’s why this one makes me skeptical. A person with a working knowledge of music theory, production, and a decent software DAW on their computer could have made this in a spare bedroom.

    • James Fenner   November 23, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Hey Alan,

      I completely agree. It’s perhaps best to remain skeptical of anything that has not been officially confirmed by Bethesda.

      From all the flurry of activity we’ve witnessed in the past few weeks, however, it would be one hell of a hoax… but, we have seen these types of things before!

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!

      Kind regards,


  15. stone   November 23, 2013 at 11:57 am

    it seems real and i hope it is..but if its not it is going to piss off a hell of alot of people and that might not turn out well for the person/people that made it

    • James Fenner   November 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Hey Stone! I’m with you on that one. If it’s a fake, a hell of a lot of people are going to be pretty angry.

      From the evidence presented, so far, it all seems a little too elaborate to be a hoax… however, there are still a lot of discrepancies that are unaccounted for. Hopefully, it’s just Bethesda trying to throw everybody off the scent!

      Thanks for commenting!



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