The countdown site survivor2299.com has proven to be a fake, leaving gullible gamers – like me – hanging their heads in shame for getting worked up over the possibility of Fallout 4.
Behind the scenes of the countdown was a link to not a trailer for Fallout 4, but rather just the Tunnel Snake meme from Fallout 3. An additional link on the now removed site led to a .gif file containing an opening door and an unfriendly expletive to all visitors.
The over-eager hoaxer, calling himself DCHoaxer on Reddit, confirmed that it was a ploy to force Bethesda into announcing the game at the VGX Awards this weekend. However, Bethesda coming out and denying the website in a Twitter post led him to come clean. The effort and the website cost him $1,000 to pull off, and he is really, really sorry.
In his explanation, the hoaxer claimed that he had good intentions for his prank that went beyond simple trolling.
“Some men just want to watch the world burn. I wanted to force Bethesda to reveal something during VGX, and bring the Fallout community together (for at least 3 weeks). Unfortunately, this plan failed.”
Still, with the amount of effort put into it, it almost seemed real. Some warned me in the comments section in the last article about it, but I still held on blindly to the idea of Fallout 4. I feel silly more than let down.