Last week, a user on Reddit claimed that he received an email from Bethesda which promised about a "special announcement" for 12 January. There was wide spread speculation that it was either a Fallout 4 announcement or something related to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. However, there was no announcement from Bethesda, allowing the rumour to be branded as a hoax.
The game's official Twitter account tweeted saying that the email was in fact a hoax. In fact, pranksters on the internet have been capitalising on gamer's desperation for a sequel to Fallout 3 by spreading all kinds of rumours and hoaxes.
"@YTChibitamichan This is another fan hoax. We are not announcing games from our merchandise store", read the tweet.
@YTChibitamichan This is another fan hoax. We are not announcing games from our merchandise store.
— Fallout (@Fallout) January 9, 2014
The 9 January rumour promised a "very special announcement" on 12.01.14. There was also speculation on whether the date mentioned was 12 January 2014 or 1 December 2014. You can read more about it here.
Throughout 2013, gamers have revealed over and over that they are desperate for a sequel to Fallout 3. Bethesda, the publisher behind the Franchise, has been silent about the matter and has refrained from talking about the game so far.
However, a few documents were leaked from a recent casting call, offering enough evidence that a Fallout game was in the works. These documents, despite not containing the words "Fallout", had enough information in them that allowed experts to confirm that a Fallout game was being developed. You can read more about it here.
In December 2013, Bethesda confirmed that its fans won't be seeing a Fallout game in 2014 through a subtle message in its Christmas card. The message left fans disappointed with the fact that the publisher's focus was engaged with a host of other projects and not on a fallout game. You can read more about it here.
A passionate fan of the franchise has now started a petition which requests an official statement from the game's developer regarding the title's existence. Thousands of gamers from around the Internet have joined in the support the pettiton. You can check it out here. The big question is whether Bethesda will even bother answering?