Fallout 4: Leaked Documents Show it’s Real and in Boston, Report Says

December 11, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Fallout 4 apparently is a real thing, despite the Survivor 2299 website being revealed as a hoax, says a report on Wednesday, citing leaked casting call documents codenamed “Institute.”

Kotaku.com says that it has obtained leaked documents, saying the next installment of the post-apocalyptic franchise will be set in Boston–possibly confirming long-held rumors saying as much.

The website says the game will be developed by Bethesda Game Studios, which was behind Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

A reader sent in the documents to the site “from a casting call for a project code-named Institute.” According to Fallout lore, “The Institute” is the remnants of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, located in the Boston area.

“ 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.

The characters could include a radio DJ named Travis Miles and an engineer named Sturges, who is said to be modeled after “Buddy Holly and Vin Diesel.”

But as the website notes, these details are for the casting call and could be subject to change in the future.

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.

He added that he is “one of these ‘selfish bastards with a lot of money.’”

As Bethesda said on Twitter, “If you don’t hear it through an official channel like this, assume all rumors and speculation are false.”

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