If you have been on the internet in the last 2 years you’d know that Fallout 4 has been one of the most rumored games in recent memory, and now with its announcement we can see just how much truth there was to these rumors.
Gameradar’s Leon Hurley recently spoke to Pete Hines on the subject of these rumors, focusing on Bethesda’s attitude towards them and how they dealt with them without giving away information.
With all the rumors floating about, there were some degrees of truth, but for the most part they were people just trying to get something out of Bethesda.
“You just have to sit there and go ‘that happened’, because there was some of it that had hints of truth, some of it that was completely bogus and made up.”
Pete says that the best thing Bethesda did was ignore the majority of them, because these rumors are going to spread anyway.
“We decided a long time ago there’s absolutely no reason to go chasing after this stuff because what ends up happening is that people just make things up to get a response”.
The only time Bethesda would step in is if it was completely misleading, acting as if the info came from Bethesda themselves. One example of this was when the Survivor 2299 website appeared with coded messages.
“The only thing we did was when people started faking websites and making it look like they belonged to us. We were like, ‘Okay, this is actually bordering on malicious because they’re making it look like it coming from us’ We need to shut this down and say, ‘look we still don’t comment on rumours or speculation’ but if you’re going to create stuff that looks like it’s coming from us and mislead people like that, then we are going to step in and say ‘this is not our site, we don’t know what this, it has nothing to do with this’”.
You may remember rumors that appeared just before the Fallout 4 reveal of a LinkedIn account claiming to be working with Del Toro’s Miranda Studios on a cinematic live action trailer for the Fallout 4 announcement, but that also turned out to be completely bogus, as you may have notices considering that the trailer was gameplay.
“You saw our trailer, it’s all gameplay. I never even heard of that company until people were asking us about it. It was another one of those things where, how does it help for us to go out and say [anything]… Just keep our heads down until we’re ready to talk. We just kind of sit there and take it.”
The moral of the story? As Abraham Lincoln once said, “don’t believe everything you see on the internet.”
What are your thoughts? Do you think Bethesda were right to ignore the majority of the rumors and just give us everything we need to know in one amazing burst? Let us know in the comments!