Some Fallout fans are done waiting for Bethesda to reveal Fallout 4. They've started a petition to demand an announcement.
"I believe it's about time Bethesda gives us some hints on Fallout 4," says the Change.org petition. Petition writer Silviu Ploisteanu says that two events prompted the petition. The first was the TheSurvivor2299.com controversy. Many fans religiously followed the website for weeks, believing it was an official teaser for the game. They then learned in December that it was all a hoax.
Soon after the hoax was exposed, casting documents from Fallout 4 were leaked. These documents confirmed the rumors that the game was set in the Boston area. It also revealed that the game opens with the player character waking up from a cryogenic sleep.
Ploisteanu says that with all of these reports and hoaxes flying around, Bethesda needs to step in and give fans some clue as to what's happening with Fallout 4.
"We do not ask for much; just throw us a bone, tell us you are working on it. If you're thinking the same way that I do, please SIGN this petition. You can make a difference! It's up to you if we wait another five years to get some news OR we get Bethesda's attention on this subject now. You can raise awareness by sharing this with your Facebook friends, by posting it on your wall, anywhere you can think of really. The more we are, the more attention we will draw."
The petition currently has over 8,300 supporters. Ploisteanu is hoping to hit 100,000.
While I share these fans' desire for a Fallout 4 announcement, I'm not sure whether the petition's going to do anything. It takes a lot to convince a publisher to announce a game earlier than they want. Even when details or assets leak, they'll typically refuse to comment and keep their project under wraps. Ubisoft's reveal of Assassin's Creed Unity, prompted by leaked screenshots, is the exception rather than the rule.
If Bethesda wasn't moved to announce Fallout 4 following the casting documents leak, it's unlikely that they'll be persuaded by a letter from fans. The GTA 5 PC Petition has over 700,000 supporters but Rockstar still hasn't announced that port. Bethesda, like Rockstar, knows that these fans are still going to want the game whether it's announced today or at E3. They don't have much incentive to rush out a press release or teaser trailer before they're ready.
That's not to say that petitions are meaningless. If you have a strong opinion on a game, you should share it. Just be sure to manage your expectations about the results.
While you wait for the official Fallout 4 announcement, be sure to check out our round-up on everything we know (and don't know) about the game thus far.