Last Thursday, we told you about a new website that launched called thesurvivor2299, between both domain registration information and source code on the page it seems to hint at the next Bethesda game: Fallout 4.
Some have made a compelling case against this website being a legitimate teaser, thinking instead it is just a hoax and on December 11th, when the count down ends, a video of Rick Astley's Never Gonna Let You Down will play. There are several problems with the website pointed to that raise questions, like the use of GoDaddy to register the domain, something Bethesda has never done, or the use of the free Cloudflare service being used to help handle traffic. Even more detective work reveals minor differences like the style of html is different from every other website Bethesda runs or that internet hubbub hub reddit seems to be the first site aware of changes over typical Bethesda fansites.
The registry information does match up with ZeniMax, the parent company of Bethesda, but this too could be faked. Then again, Bethesda has had a bit of trouble in the past with information leaking and controlling their teases, they could very well be handling things differently on purpose.
Whether Bethesda is running the site or a clever prankster, they are keeping interest high with new coded messages appearing on the site. Both Morse code as well as jumbles of letters that translate into messages that definitely seem to hint about the Fallout gameworld. Here is one example:
And the translations for some of the codes so far:
NUCLEAR WINTER IS COMING. RESERVE YOUR FUTURE HOME TODAY! 877-260-2299.
If you called the phone number when the message was live, a recording would answer playing cheesy vintage sounding customer service music, then finally end in more Morse code. Later the phone number was removed and replaced with
NUCLEAR WINTER IS COMING. RESERVE YOUR FUTURE HOME TODAY! ###PERMISSION DENIED BY OVERSEER (15334)###
The next code to appear on the site, when translated read like a distress call:
CALLING ANY STATION. CALLING ANY STATION.
CALLING ANY STATION. THIS IS FROM O.Z. PLEASE WAIT.
With coded text on the site that translates to:
MY DEAR SISTER. I'M HEADING TO THE INSTITUTE. GOD KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS PLACE NOW. THIS OLD BASTARD WILL HELP US. HE MUST HELP US. —0321—
The Oscar Zulu call sign was related to a distress call from station in a previous Fallout game where three people needed help. When you reach the station, you find only two bodies, a third possible survivor missing. The Institute has been mentioned as well throughout the Fallout series.
Yet another code becomes a series a numbers that seem to indicate dates:
ONE TWO TWO SEVEN TWO ZERO ONE THREE || ONE ONE TWO FIVE TWO ZERO ONE THREE
Or 12-27-2013 || 11-25-2013
As I said before, reddit has been on top of this, with one redditor even creating a website with consistent updates about thesurvivor2299.com. If you want to stay up to date, give it a look and bookmark it. Otherwise tune in on December 11th to find out what sort of surprise we get when the clock runs out.