Fallout 4: Leaked Documents Say Boston Will be Setting, ‘Institute’ Mentioned

December 13, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Fallout 4 looks like it might be a real thing after a website obtained casting documents saying it will be set in Boston.

For the past month, a hoaxer tricked many into thinking that the Survivor 22999 website was actually a teaser for an upcoming Fallout game, but it was revealed as an elaborate hoax.

Kotaku, in a report this week, said that it received documents from a project codenamed the “Institute,” which might refer to the entity mentioned in Fallout 3. “The Institute” is a secretive organization that was the remnants of MIT in Boston, according to the Fallout Wiki.

The documents include some lines that characters will say, including the iconic “War. War never changes” bit. It appears the main character will say the line rather than voice actor Ron Perlman.

“ The casting documents, which I’ve been able to confirm are real, include scripts, character descriptions, and other details about the next Fallout, and although the word Fallout does not appear in these scripts, there are several references to Fallout’s setting and locations,” writes Kotaku’s Jason Schreier.

A report in 2012 said that Bethesda carried out a scouting trip to Boston and surrounding areas.

Some of the characters mentioned in the Kotaku-obtained documents include a radio DJ named Travis Miles and an engineer named Sturges, who was called a “cross between Buddy Holly and Vin Diesel.”

It also states that the main characters will start off the game in a cryogenic sleep chamber. The documents said that Bethesda is looking for male and female voices for the main character.

Kotaku points out that these are merely the casting documents and information inside could change in the future.

Some of the locations include the Commonweath, or post-apocalyptic Massachusetts and MIT.

According to Eurogamer, the website reached out to Bethesda but a representative said that “we don’t comment on rumour and speculation.” 

The Survivor 2299 website was revealed as an elaborate hoax by its creator on Reddit, who did a tell-all over the weekend.

“Some men just want to watch the world burn. 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,” he said, referring to last weekend’s video game awards ceremony.