Fallout 4 likely won’t be coming out in 2014, according to a Christmas card sent out by game developer Bethesda, which worked on Fallout 3.
The card, which was released on the company’s blog, shows a robotic dog, which is a reference to “Wolfenstein: The New Order,” according to IGN. The dog is a Panzerhund from the Wolfenstein franchise.
The box under the tree was speculated to be a reference to a Fallout game, but it is actually in reference to “The Evil Within.”
“As tradition, we wanted to share this year’s Bethesda Holiday card. With 2014 already on the brain, this year’s card pays tribute to next year’s lineup,” the company said.
And the Ouroboros on the wall is a reference to the “Elder Scrolls Online,” which will be released next year.
A report last week from Kotaku posted likely Fallout 4 casting documents that were sent to the website by a reader.
“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 project is codenamed the “Institute”–likely in reference to the secretive and mysterious entity mentioned in Fallout 3–and includes scripts as well as descriptions of a few characters.
The “war. War never changes” line will be present, as in the previous three games, but it won’t be read by actor Ron Perlman. The main character will say it instead.
New characters include a radio DJ named Travis Miles, of whom there is not much information, and Sturges–described as a cross between singer Buddy Holly and actor Vin Diesel.
In November, there was a website called Survivor 2299 that made frequent, cryptic posts, suggesting a Fallout 4 was on the way. The creator then posted on Reddit that it was merely an elaborate hoax.