#1 Edited by BillyMaysRIP (163 posts) -

After many grueling days of morse codes and ciphers, Bethesda posted on twitter:

After this tweet, the thesurvivor2299.com displayed a "Please Standby" message with a morse code of PSE AS, or Please Standby.

Approximately 15 minutes ago, the thesurvivor2299.com updated.

The message was "THAT'S IT TUNNEL SNAKES " followed by an embedded Rick Roll video.

After about five minutes, the video changed to the classic "Tunnel Snakes Rule!" video.

Some hope that the site is hacked. But most of us have accepted the reality that it was all a very elaborate hoax. Thus ends a short lived and much hyped arg. GG folks.

Edit: the website now has the message: Special thanks to /r/Fallout the most amazing community on reddit.

#2 Posted by StarFoxA (5140 posts) -

I, for one, am wholly unsurprised.

#3 Posted by dungbootle (2457 posts) -

But I want to believe

#4 Edited by Hailinel (23967 posts) -

Good thing I was never that invested in this. I imagine that some people are going to be sorely disappointed, though.

#5 Edited by Coafi (1481 posts) -

Is the thepropheteer.com a hoax too? I'm a bit lost on this whole ARG thing, I am kinda bummed it isn't real. ARGs need to make a comeback.

#6 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

The general sentiment on Reddit is really sad. People are acting like their entire family just died and want to lynch whoever put the 2299 thing together.

I say mad props to whatever individual/team made it happen. I haven't had such a good time with Fallout in years.

#7 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7056 posts) -

@coafi said:

Is the thepropheteer.com a hoax too? I'm a bit lost on this whole ARG thing, I am kinda bummed it isn't real. ARGs need to make a comeback.

Yep.

#8 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (5269 posts) -

Glad I stayed convinced it was a hoax from the beginning. I'm simply going to do what that tweet says and wait until an official announcement.

Also, tunnel snakes suck.

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#9 Posted by CornBREDX (4855 posts) -

Elaborate cover up. Feel free to remember I said that.

#10 Posted by Coafi (1481 posts) -

@mariachimacabre:
Dang it! At least, they have a cool song playing now.

Glad I stayed convinced it was a hoax from the beginning. I'm simply going to do what that tweet says and wait until an official announcement.

Tunnel snakes suck.

What?! No! The Tunnel Snakes rule. 2cool4schoolz.

#11 Posted by believer258 (11682 posts) -

If anything, this will tell Bethesda that there will be a lot of excitement when they finally do announce something on Fallout 4.

As someone who barely had any interest in this? ...I'm laughing a little. I know I shouldn't, I would be livid if this were Metroid we were talking about, but part of me still wants to snicker a bit.

#12 Posted by TurboMan (7421 posts) -

OR IS IT!?!?!?

#13 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1197 posts) -

Well shit...

#14 Posted by Clonedzero (4092 posts) -

Hoax or elaborate red herring?!

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#15 Posted by Stonyman65 (2608 posts) -

If this is a hoax then its the best goddamn hoax I've ever seen. The stuff they had to do to get this working... Somebody has WAAAY too much time on their hands..

I'm kinda bummed, honestly.

#16 Edited by Nekroskop (2786 posts) -

Obvious phishing site is obvious.Maybe? I hope you guys have at least two-step password protections on your Google accounts.

#17 Edited by GorillaMoPena (1952 posts) -

PSA: IF you don’t heAr it through an officiaL channeL like this, assume all rumOrs and specUlaTion are false.

It is right there in front of you.

#18 Posted by Sackmanjones (4652 posts) -
#19 Posted by Blu3V3nom07 (4164 posts) -

Is it Half-Life 3, then?

#20 Posted by HatKing (5836 posts) -

Well, I came out on top here. I had a pretty strong feeling it was total bullshit from the start. And giving it is the internet, I assumed that feeling was correct. But, I got to see this sick Tunnel Snakes video for the first time because of all this. So.

TUNNEL SNAKES RULE.

#21 Posted by _Zombie_ (1462 posts) -

Shame. I was actually excited about the prospect of a new Fallout.

@hailinel said:

Good thing I was never that invested in this. I imagine that some people are going to be sorely disappointed, though.

Sorely disappointed is.. putting it lightly. I've seen death threats being slung around already.

#22 Posted by Capum15 (4822 posts) -
@_zombie_ said:

Shame. I was actually excited about the prospect of a new Fallout.

@hailinel said:

Good thing I was never that invested in this. I imagine that some people are going to be sorely disappointed, though.

Sorely disappointed is.. putting it lightly. I've seen death threats being slung around already.

Yeah, that figures.

Oh well, guess I'll go back to forgetting about Fallout again.

#23 Edited by ll_Exile_ll (1479 posts) -

@_zombie_ said:

Shame. I was actually excited about the prospect of a new Fallout.

Well, there is little doubt that Bethesda is currently working on Fallout 4, this whole thing was really only a matter of when it gets announced. We'll probably hear about it by next E3 at the latest.

#24 Edited by SunBroZak (1030 posts) -

Ah, that's brilliant. I have to commend them on their fairly believable hoax.

Not sure why people are getting so upset. Bethesda will make a Fallout 4 eventually, just have some patience.

#25 Posted by Gamer_152 (14058 posts) -

Well, I always thought this was much more likely to be a fan project than anything else, but the initial website was pretty cool. It's kind of lame that they just threw up their hands, posted that YouTube embed joke from 5 years ago, and considered their audience "trolled". Even as a practical joke, that's about as lazy as it gets.

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#26 Edited by Tearhead (2155 posts) -

I think I'm more disappointed that this guy ended off such an elaborate ruse so juvenile.

#27 Edited by Kyelb22 (297 posts) -
#28 Edited by MattyFTM (14350 posts) -

We knew this was a hoax from the very beginning. The domain registration and everything was clearly not from Bethesda. People getting their hopes up over this deserve to get their dreams crushed.

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#29 Posted by punkxblaze (2961 posts) -

I am very put out.

#30 Posted by audioBusting (1481 posts) -

With my [thepropheteer.com] graphics and Survivor2299's coding, we might actually make a half-decent game... or at least pretend to make one

So... was it just a coincidence that two hoaxes came up around the same time?

#31 Posted by Jacktrote (58 posts) -

@mattyftm said:

The domain registration and everything was clearly not from Bethesda.

What does that mean?

#32 Posted by face15 (1284 posts) -

I'm equal parts disappointed and amused.

#33 Edited by RecSpec (3766 posts) -

Hoax or elaborate red herring?!

Keep the dream alive!

#34 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3050 posts) -

At least this made me want to play through the old Fallout games again. I'm content with that.

#35 Edited by MattyFTM (14350 posts) -
@jacktrote said:

@mattyftm said:

The domain registration and everything was clearly not from Bethesda.

What does that mean?

Whilst it said the domain was registered by Bethesda, the details for the domain name registration and hosting was hugely suspicious. I don't remember the exact details, but I believe it didn't use their normal registrar, it didn't have their correct contact details and it was hosted on some weird norwegian host (and Bethesda/Zenimax don't even have a norwegian office). Everything about it screamed that it was a hoax, and this information was widely available on the internet.

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#36 Posted by Jacktrote (58 posts) -

@mattyftm said:
@jacktrote said:

@mattyftm said:

The domain registration and everything was clearly not from Bethesda.

What does that mean?

Whilst it said the domain was registered by Bethesda, the details for the domain name registration and hosting was hugely suspicious. I don't remember the exact details, but I believe it didn't use their normal registrar, it didn't have their correct contact details and it was hosted on some weird norwegian host (and Bethesda/Zenimax don't even have a norwegian office). Everything about it screamed that it was a hoax, and this information was widely available on the internet.

I see, thanks for the details.