If you’re a Fallout fan, you probably already know about TheSurvivor2299. It’s an alternate reality game that the internet at large believes is a massive Fallout 4 teaser. From cryptic morse code, terrifying messages through to cryptic real-world radio broadcasts, this thing is deep, and now it’s doing cool new stuff.
At the centre of the site, first discovered in mid-November, is a countdown which readers are guessing will be for the announcement of a 2014 Fallout game.
Every so often, the site changes and loops a morse code signal. The first one translated to “Calling any station. Calling any station. Calling any station. This is OZ. Please stand by.”
Another creepy one translated to, “Calling all stations, calling all stations, calling all stations. Boston is gone, I repeat, Boston is gone. No Hope. Frequency 3450 Return Transmission. God Bless America.”
That was just before a pirate radio forum noticed strange transmissions on 3450Hz, a radio frequency detectable near Boston and Providence. A brief snippet someone recorded featured an air raid siren, warning klaxon and cryptic phone keyboard messages. That’d be terrifying to hear without the context of the ARG!
Our friends at Kotaku US have already made their case as to why they think this reported ‘Fallout 4’ teaser site is fake, but the site continues to ‘do stuff’ regardless.
The site has gone from beeping out what seemed to be some sort of code, to now showing off some kind of encrypted message. This is looking like either some kind of elaborate hoax or a super long drawn out viral campaign. Either way, I don’t know whether to be annoyed or intrigued.
As predicted it took the internet roughly five seconds to solve the code: “THE INSTITUTE IS SEALED. THEY WON’T HELP US I’M HEADING TO BLACK ROW. -TBNLS 512-”
(Please be Fallout 4, please be Fallout 4).
Read the full and ongoing tale surrounding Survivor2299 on this comprehensive Google Doc.