In 2011, developer Bethesda Softworks set the gaming world ablaze with the next entry in their hugely popular Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim. However, although The Elder Scrolls is a major property for Bethesda, it is not their only one. In fact, there’s an equally devoted group of gamers who are more partial to Bethesda’s Fallout series than The Elder Scrolls.

A new Fallout, presumably titled Fallout 4, has been rumored for some time now, but few of those rumors have gained much traction. It’s pretty safe to assume Bethesda isn’t done with Fallout, but what exactly they plan to do with the series in the future is unclear.

But, first things first: getting confirmation that Fallout 4 is in development. And, on that front, we have a new rumor that could either be definitive proof of Fallout 4‘s existence and an impending announcement for the game, or a complete hoax perpetrated by die-hard fans.

Game Informer has caught wind of a site called The Survivor 2299 that features a peculiar symbol and a countdown clock that will hit zero on December 11th. The site is fairly bare bones as far as clues go, aside from the counting down, but the Fallout connection becomes clearer after a little investigation.

According to the WHOIS database registrar, the Survivor 2299 site is registered to none other than ZeniMax Media, parent company to Bethesda Softworks. There are some outliers, but typically, when a Bethesda trademark is registered, ZeniMax is involved in some capacity.

However, this registrar is anything but a smoking gun, as further investigation by GI discovered the country of origin for the site is Poland, not the US like with other ZeniMax operated sites. Unfortunately, Bethesda has refused to comment as per the usual rumor policies.

So, while the verdict is still out on the purported Fallout 4 teaser site, the evidence seems to suggest it’s a hoax. Had the countdown clock hit zero on December 7th — the date of the Spike Video Game Awards (now known as VGX) — we might be more likely to believe the site was real.

That being said, there’s no reason not to think that Fallout 4 is in development for next-gen platforms and the PC, and that Bethesda will unveil the sequel when the time comes. It has been a while since we’ve heard from the developer, so while it may not be on December 11th there may still be a Bethesda game announcement in our near future.

What do you think of the Survivor 2299 site? Is it a Fallout 4 teaser? Even if it isn’t, what are your hopes for a Fallout sequel?

Source: Survivor 2299, Game Informer