Here's what happened. The domain name thesurvivor2299.com
just got registered by ZeniMax Media, better known as the parent company of Bethesda. Now Reddit had an absolute field day with this as they tend to do whenever a company teases almost anything. It currently looks like the game will be set somewhere in Europe since the teased date is 11.12.13. The website was registered after the 12th of November for you Americans who noticed that. In most european countries the way to read that would be the 11th of December so expect some news around then.
More importantly however, I have a conspiracy theory surrounding this game that I base on no evidence whatsoever. Such a theory is for you to believe in or find offensive... your choice. As with most great conspiracy theories this one begins with a story.
The month was April of 2013 and my friend, let's call him Frank, sat in a car on our way to a Culver's in Wisconsin. Never been to a Culver's? Put down your computer and go to a Culver's. At the time there were rumors of a new Fallout game circulating the internet. Frank turned to me with a mouthful of burger and asked if I had heard anything about the new Fallout game. I responded that I hadn't but was willing to bet that it was going to be set in Boston since a huge portion of the game's universe is set in Boston or at least that's what I'd been hearing from the rumors. I'll never forget that he turned to me and said "Is that some kind of bad joke?"†
I hadn't realized when I said it but that statement came right after the events of the Boston Marathon. I hadn't meant to make such an untimely reference but the fact was a game set in Boston would seem a bit tasteless. Cut to pre E3 and everyone was expecting something big from Bethesda who had just come off a big hit from Skyrim and the announcement of the Elder Scrolls Online. However at the presentations themselves Bethesda didn't make too much of a showing. Sure they had The Evil Within and more Elder Scrolls Online but there wasn't anything huge the fans could rally behind. So what happened?
I think what happened went a little something like this. Bethesda had indeed made Boston the subject of their game but after the events of the 2013 marathon they couldn't well make a game set in such a location. Not wanting to seem tasteless they reworked the game to be set in Europe which is the game we'll be getting.
Again I'm not saying this is what happened, but don't get freaked out if you see some areas that are a little out of place in Europe in this next game that comes out. Heck it may not even be for Fallout but I wouldn't be surprised if they've been keeping a lid on things, and rightly so. read