NOT FOR FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS AS ORIGINALLY SPECULATED: Check out the latest updates towards the bottom of the post.
Sorry for the lack of updates the past few days...I moved house and still have no internet. I have logged on to to flood of emails, however, and Mr. Anonymouse, Captain Vegas, and Roger B were all kind enough to point out some potential Fallout: New Vegas viral marketing. Here's the story from IGN:
April 5, 2010 - A bunch of gaming outlets were sent USB drives with no return address today. The only information on the drive appears to be a MP3 file with a cryptic audio message and a text document. Little help?
When viewing the audio file in Microsoft Word, these lines of code are revealed.
A person on the audio file reads out the letters below:
MOD ZZZ JNQRYD3FRP
The separate word document also only has these six words posted.
The postage stamp says it came from Maryland. Could this be from Bethesda as a tease for Fallout: New Vegas?
Update: Ok, wow, monster updates here. Joystiq was able to put together a lot of the clues.
The code MOD ZZZ JNQRYD3FRP is deciphered into the website http://www.gknova6.com/.
The recorded message found on the website can be deciphered using the Baconian Cipher into APRIL WEEK TWO. You can also mess around with the TV dial to see nuclear imagery,
So it looks like something is coming next week.
So - long story short: Go to this website the second week of April to see if any Fallout: New Vegas things happen. Perhaps we will get a better trailer rather than just the teaser? Or perhaps this has nothing to do with Fallout: New Vegas at all.
Click here to download the audio file and the word file that were on the flash drive to see if you can find anything new.
It’s possible, as he suggests, that this is for the upcoming game Singularity. A quick Wikipedia read on the game says it’s based around the Cold War and involves a nuclear incident occurring on an isolated island, so the connection to John Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis makes sense. And get this, it’s being published by Activision. If you read his comments, he also suggests the red lights on the TV read R – A – I – S, which would be another reference to the game, but I can’t really confirm that. So, I’ll put it at 1-2-1 in favor of Call of Duty, but this definitely tightens up the race. The only real beef I have with this newest guess is the fact it was sent to Call of Duty fans. So, I guess we’ll have to wait and see what this site is really about.
You can also view a Youtube video of the viral website below:
UPDATE 2: Thanks to a tip from DAC forum member stillalive, we can now officially count out Fallout: New Vegas from the running. Here's the scoop:
You can now count Fallout: New Vegas out. On the official Bethesda website forum, an administrator Bethesda’s community manager posted the following message: “Whatever this is seems cool, but it doesn’t relate to our games.” So, Fallout is out of the race, and that leaves either Singularity or Call of Duty. We’ll take the latter by a 2-1 count in favor of Call of Duty. Time will once again be the decider. http://www.movieviral.com/2010/04/05/gknova6-viral-site-for-unknown-game/
Oh well. It would have been an interesting turn of events from the complete lack of excitement, or anything at all, in the Fallout: New Vegas PR department.