After a myriad of rumors over the last few years, Fallout 4 is finally on the verge of being announced, presumably for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Bethesda Softworks tweeted out a link to the official Fallout site on Tuesday with a countdown to a Wednesday announcement.
The tweet in question is a sparse three word affair that simply asks users to "Please Stand By" with a graphic done in the Fallout style. The link included in the tweet will take you to the official Fallout site that is counting down to a 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT announcement for Fallout 4, or whatever they are calling the next installment in the series.
#PleaseStandBy http://t.co/ChhE4rZ9GM pic.twitter.com/3NefHBcYU7Fallout fans have waited for an announcement of Fallout 4 since the release of Fallout: New Vegas in 2010. It was assumed that Bethesda would develop another in the Fallout series following the release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. However, no official hint was given, even after development on the fantasy open-world RPG ceased in 2013.
— BethesdaGameStudios (@BethesdaStudios) June 2, 2015
This naturally led to an enormous amount of speculation and rumors for Fallout 4, and more than a couple of hoaxes. Rumors about a Boston setting and fake websites swirled.
It wasn't until Bethesda announced that it would host its first E3 press conference at this year's event on June 14 did the rumors of Fallout 4 began to come into focus. Surely, the company wouldn't hold such an expensive showcase unless it was bringing out one of its two big guns in Fallout or The Elder Scrolls, and it wasn't time yet for another of the latter.
Another rumor cropped up in May from an industry insider with German site PC Games. This rumor claimed that Fallout 4 would be on stage at Bethesda's E3 press conference, with a 20 to 30 minute gameplay video possibly being shown during the event or behind closed doors.
Further confirmation came just a few days later when a contract 3D artist for Guillermo del Toro's Mirada Studios updated his LinkedIn profile to reveal work on a Fallout 4 cinematic trailer.
Could this cinematic trailer be what is on tap for the Wednesday reveal of Fallout 4? We'll have to wait and see if Bethesda goes with the one-two punch of the cinematic trailer before E3 to generate a tremendous amount of hype followed by gameplay video at E3.
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[Edit: Corrected typo in title that mistakenly labeled Bethesda Softworks as "Bethesda Software"]