A mysterious listing for unannounced Bethesda titles hinting at Fallout 3 remakes is more than likely a hoax.
Twitter user Wario64, known for keeping a keen eye on deals and discounts, recently posted screenshots showing Amazon listings for an unknown Bethesda title. The listed game—which didn’t have a name, release date, or box art—was accompanied by a video of an old-timey countdown that some interpreted as hinting at a new (or, more likely, remastered) Fallout title, since it shared some visual similarities to the series’ iconic “Please Stand By” screen.
No risk in preordering just in case it’s something worthwhile pic.twitter.com/KG1W1uD4wD
— Wario64 (@Wario64) February 23, 2019
Unfortunately, it’s starting to look like the whole thing might be a hoax.
First of all, the Amazon pages have since disappeared from the internet, and checking the Google cache page doesn’t divulge any interesting clues. Sure, the game is listed as a Bethesda title, but literally anyone with $40 can become a seller and list a product that’s published by Bethesda.
Secondly, that countdown video that some were connecting to Fallout doesn’t really make any sense. If it were having to do with Fallout, we think Bethesda would have made its own video instead of simply using a free stock video. We know Fallout 76 isn’t selling tremendously well, but Bethesda probably isn’t that strapped for cash. Besides, while Fallout’s “Please Stand By” screen is an emergency broadcast for TV, the countdown video on the page is what you’d see before a movie. The only thing the two things have in common is that they’re on gray backgrounds.
Obviously, this isn’t incontrovertible proof that Bethesda actually did put up the Amazon pages, but they are suspicious, especially considering the prices for all three editions were listed as $59.99 and there was no title nor release date. We know that Bethesda is working on Starfield and Elder Scrolls VI, so maybe the placeholders were for one of those titles, but even that seems pretty unlikely, especially considering that Elder Scrolls VI wasn’t even in production as of June 2018.