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As you may have noted, the first countdown on the Survivor website ended. That must be exciting, right? Well, not quite.
KVNGR REV ALPHA PPS VT PIZ UHMYLPVOQ CM XHWMZP. NBJB SPI'F BYQS QT D'Y BYFGEOB FI VQDYL MAQ. -NGQHT 5120- Nuclear winter has come”
The above message appeared on the site, after it crashed and burned. The message has been decoded by /r/fallout and means:
THE INSTITUTE IS SEALED. THEY WON'T HELP US I'M HEADING TO BLACK ROW. -TBNLS”
There is also a new Morse code:
Calling all stations, calling all stations, calling all stations. This is Overseer of Vault 119. Emergency. Unknown enemy. SOS SOS SOS. Vault 119. Quabbin. 7667. SOS SOS SOS. Vault 119. Quabbin. 7667. Enemy unkno-”
Such drama. Cue thunder clap.
Hello Vault Dwellers. We have some updates for you on the messages posted on The Survivor 2299. This time they are a bit trickier, but there's nothing that could prevent real Fallout fans from getting new information on so hoped-for sequel. Even if there is a strong chance that those rumors are just a hoax.
Today, the site has a new message and a Morse code.
Nuclear winter is coming in 6days 13h 29m 00s [December 1st]”
Bridgeport this is Concord - Quabbin is hit - I repeat - Quabbin is hit.”
Seems like the teasing will continue until the countdown ends. Check our map for locations referenced by the website.
Yesterday, The Survivor's main page featured a new cipher message:
VGNR [CAP] – ***? – LET- GRZ XJG XRS FWZZR GOS UIEG SII GZVZI || GRZ SAW XRS SAZZ XJG DZVB GRZ XUJIZ”
This code was not as easy as the previous one. But at the same time it contained a hint. "VGNR" means that the cipher used is Vigenère cipher - ach letter in the message is replaced by a letter some fixed number of positions down the alphabet, with a different shift number for each letter based on a predetermined key. Using the key "seven", the message above is translated to:
one two two seven two zero one three || one one two five two zero one three”
which gives us two dates: 12/27/2013 and 11/25/2013 (Monday and Friday). Not much for an update, but it becomes more interesting when you look at today's message:
VGNR [CAP] - ***? - LET- GRZ XJG XRS FWZZR GOS UIEG SII GZVZI || GRZ SAW XRS SAZZ XJG DZVB GRZ XUJIZ”
Using "monday friday" as a key and then reading the resulting message backwards you get
The Quabbin Reservoir seven zero four two two nine nine”
According to Wikipedia, Quabbin Reservoir is the largest inland body of water in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and was built between 1930 and 1939. Another mention of the Commonwealth together with a hint to a new interesting location.
You can check all the deciphering using any codebreaker website that supports Vigenère cipher, e.g. MyGeocachingProfile.com. Heads up to Fallout sub-Reddit for original deciphering.
2510730 PLEASE STAND BY”
19.04 || 2247 LLUB”
As always, we encourage you to be skeptical about all updates from The Survivor 2299 until we have an official confirmation from Bethesda.
Note: While it has been claimed that the site has been tied to AKQA, this is not true. The only tie was an e-mail address obtained from the historical DNS data that, when input into Google Images, returned a photo of a man that was apparently present on the Google+ page of an alleged AKQA employee with a completely different name than that in the e-mail address. As the e-mail address is dead and the Google+ pages were pulled down, this link cannot be verified or confirmed. Therefore, employ that salt, gentlemen.
We are keeping an eye on new stuff on probably-Fallout 4-teaser website The Survivor 2299 and there are some interesting updates there.
First of all, a new page has been discovered - http://thesurvivor2299.com/V137/ which doesn't say anything so far, except for:
VT137-7042299-V119BST: PERMISSION DENIED BY OVERSEER.”
As per Fallout Bible, Vault-Tec built only 122 vaults across the country as part of "Project Safehouse". Is Bethesda going to retcon this to include more Vaults? Or whoever stands behind this hoax just had not read Fallout Bible careful enough?
The second part is more intriguing. Survivor's main page now features a cipher:
ZL QRNE FVFGRE. V'Z URNQVAT GB GUR VAFGVGHGR. TBQ XABJF JUNG UNCCRARQ GB GUVF CYNPR ABJ. GUVF BYQ ONFGNEQ JVYY URYC HF. UR ZHFG URYC HF. --0321--”
Thanks to a great cipher-solving website Wordplays.com we were able to crack the code. You can see the resulting message below:
MY DEAR SISTER. I'M HEADING TO THE INSTITUTE. GOD KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS PLACE NOW. THIS OLD BASTARD WILL HELP US. HE MUST HELP US. --0321--”
The Institute has been rumored to be the main place in Fallout 4 for a long time. Some time ago Bethesda staff was rumored to be seen in Boston, near MIT. So the fact that this place is mentioned on the site doesn't automatically mean that The Survivor 2299 is legit. The Vault recommends you to be skeptical as long as there is no official confirmation from Bethesda.
The site was later removed the first part of the cipher and replaced it with another one. This message was encrypted using a cipher algorithm called Vigenere's cipher (hence why the message starts with VGNR), basically a more complex Caesar Cipher that uses a keyword to encrypt instead a number to indicate shifts.
VGNR [CAP] - ***? - LET- GRZ XJG XRS FWZZR GOS UIEG SII GZVZI”
With the keyword being "seven", the message translates out below as:
ONE TWO TWO SEVEN TWO ZERO ONE THREE , ONE ONE TWO FIVE TWO ZERO ONE THREE”
If these are to be taken as dates, the first line is 12/27/13 and the second is 11/25/13, with the latter being this Monday.
In case you were following the Tumblr, the latest post is a statement from the author that it's a hoax.
How does that bode for thesurvivor2299.com? We'll see.