Discussed a bit in the industry thread and in the intermittently-resurrected Fallout thread, but I thought it would be worthwhile to start a dedicated thread for those (like me) playing catchup on this.
What's The Survivor 2299?
"Hell if I know, but I'm gonna keep talkin' anyway."
Seriously though, nobody is 100% sure. Right now it's just this site:
The above site went live in the past week. For those of you who can't see it because of a work firewall or whatever at the moment, the site consists solely of a timer counting down to December 11, with the Vault-Tec logo (Fallout) at the bottom of the page. A repeating morse code message which translate to "11-12-13" plays in the background.
Naturally people immediately deduced that this is a possible teaser for impending announcement of Fallout 4, or some other new game in the Fallout franchise. This theory was reinforced by the fact that Whois checks on the site seem to indicate it was registered by ZeniMax Media.
(ZeniMax is the parent company of Bethesda, the publisher/developer behind Fallout 3 as well as the Elder Scrolls series, among others.)
Files referenced in the source of the page have the names "Bridgeport" and "Fall River," which are towns in Connecticut and Massachusetts, respectively...perhaps hinting at a setting for the game in the New England/metropolitan New York area?
Erm...not so fast.
Yeah, things might not be so conclusive as they first appear. Further sleuthing
turned up some inconsistencies, or at least some slightly odd stuff.
ZeniMax registered both Wolfenstein's and The Elder Scrolls' domains through Corporate Domains Inc, while TheSurvivor2299 was registered with GoDaddy.com. Meanwhile, ZeniMax uses its own DNS servers for its registrations (ns1.zenimax.com) while TheSurvior2299 uses a separate, self-branded server: ns1.thesurvivor2299.com. Furthermore, the whois page for TheSurvivor2299 is also missing Corporate Service Company's Corporate Domains Inc promotion introducing ZeniMax's known, legitimate domains.
More demoralizingly still, according to GameInformer
, the site's domain resolves to a host in Poland.
Also, (and this is just me nit-picking here, or at least it's probably nit-picking), the 11-12-13 date seems like a somewhat odd choice. ZeniMax/Bethesda have a history of picking catchy dates for the release or announcement of new games, such as the famous 11-11-11 release for Skyrim. However, the date 11-12-13 for December 11, 2013, only makes sense if the date is written in the European format, where the day comes first, followed by the month. The more typical American format is month first, then day, which would make 11-12-13 November 12, 2013...which has obviously come and gone. ZeniMax/Bethesda are both based in the US. The date being in European format would make sense with the fact the site is apparently hosted in Poland...though it seems like a somewhat bone-headed error for a European hoaxer to make.
For their part, ZeniMax has declined to comment on the site or rumors, citing company policy.
Further Muddying of the Waters
After the main site was found, of course some bandwagon chucklefucks decided to wind people up by creating some spurious fake "tie-ins." This Tumblr
(an archive is here
) was one. This Twitter account
was another. Note that the fact these accounts aren't legit doesn't necessarily mean anything about the main Survivor 2299 site one way or the other, of course.
Further Reading & Resources
A compiled "What we know" Google Doc is being maintained and updated here
A speculation and hype megathread (now in its fourth installment) from the good people (ahem) at Reddit can be read here
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