If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Learn more.

Fallout 4 Hoax Creator Breaks Cover, Explains Actions

Not entirely troll-y, believe it or not!

Plenty of people try to pull fast ones on the general gaming populace. Very few of them sit down for a pleasant fireside chat afterward. And yet, that's exactly what the disappointment wizard behind infamous Fallout 4 "teaser" site Survivor 2299 did in the wake of a freshly canceled hoax campaign. Going by the name DCHoaxer on Reddit, he hosted an AMA that revealed why he did it, how much it cost ($990!), and what it was originally going to culminate in (a full-blown CG trailer). Hoaxcrafters and pranksters the world over, meet your new god.

So, first up, why go to all this trouble in the first place? Well, DC had a surprisingly well-meaning plan:

"I wanted to force Bethesda to reveal something during VGX on 12/11, and bring the /r/Fallout community together (for at least 3 weeks) Unfortunately, this plan Failed."

Good intentions? Maybe. Er, kinda? But also some very flawed reasoning. Leaks prompt early reveals. Hoaxes prompt, well, pretty much what Bethesda did.

As for that CG trailer, a chat with Bethesda apparently "killed his plans." He added, however, that he'll release it later, once the publisher has removed its quavering finger from the proverbial big red button. "I'll do it after 12/11 on my website," he wrote. "Let things cool off a little. I don't wan't to piss off Bethesda at this time even more."

Also, in case you're mad, DC acknowledged that he's a "prick," "asshole," and a "douche," so he covered pretty much the full spectrum of colloquial self-deprecation. He's also received 14 death threats, because the Internet turns human beings into complete psychopaths.

So there you have it: the aftermath of a perhaps overly elaborate prank. Fallout 4 remains officially unannounced, Fallout fans' jimmies have officially been rustled, and I have officially exposed "officially" as a largely meaningless word in most games articles. Have a good one, all!

Support Rock Paper Shotgun

Sign up today for access to more supporter-only articles, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and game discounts. Your support helps us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information

Comments

We love having a friendly, positive and constructive community - you lot are great - and we want to keep it like that. Our main commenting rule is "be excellent to each other". Please see our code of conduct, where you can find out what "be excellent" means. TL;DR? Respect others, think before you post, and be prepared for puns.

More News

Latest Articles

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Rock Paper Shotgun Merch