Blah. Bleh. Also bluh. I want Fallout 4, you want Fallout 4, the President (probably) wants Fallout 4, but Bethesda might have other plans. After a series of trademarks and countdown websites got us all in a tizzy - our faces practically aglow with irradiated glee - Bethesda's seen fit to put what is maybe the final nail in this excitement-killing coffin. Everyone assumed an announcement would take place at this weekend's Spike VGX, er, "awards," but Bethesda marketing man Pete Hines has said that we shouldn't get our hopes up.
"I am not going to VGX," Hines tweeted in response to people speculating that he was headed to LA for just that reason. "Bethesda is not showing/talking about anything at VGX."
Instead, he'll apparently be in town for some conveniently timed meetings. WHICH COULD (OR ALSO COULD NOT) BE ABOUT FALLOUT 4. But it's basically impossible to say at this point.
It is, however, worth noting that the countdown website, Survivor 2299, won't be cracking the lid on its tightly sealed vault until Tuesday of next week. Now, many have taken to assuming that the site is a fake (the corresponding Fallout 4 trademark was), but we can't rule out all possibilities just yet. For one, Hines refused to comment on Survivor 2299's campaign despite confirming that he won't be at VGX. So maybe Fallout 4 won't be at VGX, but Bethesda will just do its own thing a few days later. No, it doesn't make a lot of sense (especially in light of the fact Skyrim was announced a few years ago at the very same "award" show), but it's not off the table yet.
Also, this would not be the first instance of Hines talking around the truth - effectively sidestepping it by lacing factual statements with deceit - instead of tackling it head-on. That's exactly what he did when I asked him about Prey 2, so again: it's possible. But is it plausible? Evidence seems to suggest otherwise, but I guess we'll find out next week.
So yeah, it's still up in the air, but probably don't put many eggs in this particular basket. No matter what you do, they won't hatch into Deathclaws. Believe me: I've tried.