This Ex-Bethesda Employee Leaked Fallout 4 A Year Ago But Nobody Believed Her

Today's big headline is the official announcement of Fallout 4. It was a long time coming, and it's no surprise that more than three million people have viewed the debut trailer within 12 hours.

Rumors of Fallout 4 have been long-running, and the wait has been arduous for Bethesda's first major release on current-generation consoles. Many merely teased its existence, while a select few actually detailed the game. Now that the title has been disclosed, we get to look back and see how these rumors stack up to reality.


One particular leak from a supposed ex-Bethesda employee 11 months ago is shockingly accurate. The user, who goes by the name SandraReed on Reddit, wrote a lengthy post describing the game to an incredible degree. Accurate details included that the game will be set in Boston, that it would be the first Fallout game where the protagonist speaks, that it would be revealed in June 2015, and that it would be for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

The sad thing is that SandraReed was shut down by users. Many called her a liar, a troll, and eventually the post was downvoted to oblivion.

Given how accurate many of her details were, I'm convinced that most if not all of what she said was true. If so, here is one introductory detail not revealed in today's trailer:


At the beginning of the game, you create your character (You can only be a male in the main story), and afterward, you start the game with a blast. After the blast, you awake to see the building you are standing inside blown apart and your wife, Lydia, dead. Robots and Androids are storming the place, killing and kidnapping the people inside. You, known as "The Officer", must escape and get revenge.

As far as the scope of the game goes, it's massive as described by SandraReed:


The map of Fallout 4 is about 3 times the size of Skyrim. The reason for this is to make a much more realistic and interactive world, that players can always find new things, even if they have played it for years after release.

Sounds good, but one last detail is particularly shocking:


Fallout 4 will also be available on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. This version is also being developed by Bethesda Game Studios, but will release a year after the advanced version. This version runs on the Creation Engine, the same engine that powered Skyrim. This is being done so that PS3/360 users can play the game without problem. Everything will be the same in this version as the advanced version, except for the graphics, gameplay and some additional features.

There are a lot of potential 'reveal spoilers' that can be seen on her full post, which you can read here. It's worth checking out, even if just to see how users responded to the rumors a full 11 months before the eventual reveal.

Funny enough, SandraReed's one and only comment on Reddit says the following:


Fine, don't believe me. I'll sit laughing at E3 next year when you all shit yourselves after you see I was correct.

I suppose she gets the last laugh.

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