So, it turns out that that site widely believed to be linked to Fallout 4 was a fake all along. Surprising, well, not a lot of people really. The man behind the plot has had to cut the charade short after Bethesda issued him with a stern warning, and now he's opened himself up to a lot of angry questions from Fallout fans in a Reddit AMA thread. Whilst still remaining anonymous, of course
He may have toyed with out emotions, but it is a little hard to get annoyed with the guy, especially since it seems his intentions were pure, if a little naive. "Some men just want to watch the world burn," he wrote under the username DCHoaxer. "I wanted to force Bethesda to reveal something during VGX on 12/11, and bring /r/Fallout community together (for at least 3 weeks) Unfortunately, this plan failed."
Elaborate as his set-up was, with complex codes and site secrets set-up solely to mess with people, it was origianlly planned to get even more convincing. When asked what would have happened had the countdown reached zero, the hoaxer replied "A CGI Trailer." He also let Redditors in on how much the entire prank had cost him. "Hosting: $30, Traffic (15TB) $60 Phone number: Approximately $900." When someone was incredulous over the fact he'd spend almost $1,000 dollars on a prank, he responded with: "That's nothing for me. I know I'm a douche."
Further down the thread, the hoaxer admitted: "I'm one of these 'selfish bastards with a lot of money' so I wanted to release a CGI Trailer. But Pete [Hines, VP of Bethesda Softworks] killed my plans. Maybe I'll release it later along with the script, so somebody else can use it!"
Overall the guy seems quite repentant about the whole thing. But then you would if you'd received a frankly ridiculous fourteen death threats to date.