Let’s Not Get Too Excited About (A Possible) Fallout 4 Just Yet
I’m really, really hoping that Bethesda is days away from announcing a sequel to one of the greatest titles of the last generation, Fallout 3. The teaser website that has been floating around for a week or so now suggests that the developer is close to revealing their next big RPG, but the guys over at Kotaku, along with a few Reddit users, have made a pretty convincing argument against this.
Simply put, they, along with a lot of other people, think the teaser website is fake. And here’s why.
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Firstly, the countdown. The clock on the teaser website counts down to the 11th of December, four days after the massive VGX awards. That simply doesn’t make sense, because it would be rather weird for Bethesda to announce a game this big four days after the final gaming event of this year. Skyrim was actually announced at the 2010 VGA Awards, so it’s not like Bethesda is shy or anything like that.
The other really odd inconsistency is the way the website was set up. We all know that Bethesda filed a trademark for Fallout 4 last week, but that doesn’t really mean anything in a day and age where trademarks regularly have to be updated and re-purchased. The website domain, on the other hand, seemed to confirm that Bethesda was behind it, but some digging from a few Reddit users revealed that the domain was registered through GoDaddy instead of ZeniMax’s usual service, Corporate Domains Inc. Worse still is the fact that a reverse IP lookup takes users back to a company in Poland, which doesn’t seem right at all.
Of course, there have been Fallout 4 teasers for months now, most notably the leak from Three Dog voice actor Erik Todd earlier this year. But even he has been pretty silent about all of this that has been going on. I mean, I get that it’s a teaser for something big, but surely the developer and publisher wouldn’t keep this quiet about it, right?
I found all of this rather interesting because, after reading it, I really was having doubts about whether the website I had been drooling over all of last week was actually real. Whether Bethesda announce Fallout 4 this year is still up in the air, but this doesn’t really give me much hope anymore concerning that particular website.