The rumour windmill spun out of control this week as a number of people speculated that Bethesda had shown their newest Fallout game behind closed doors at E3, but the publisher says that's just not true. It started with a tease by 2old2play.com writer Derek Nolan, who hinted that he had seen something unannounced at Bethesda's booth during E3 in Los Angeles last week. Gaming forum NeoGAF picked up the tweets, and the breathless speculation began. An unannounced game? At E3? Fallout 4?
Fallout 4, of course, has not been announced yet, although Bethesda recently said that the Skyrim team has moved onto their next project, which many have assumed will be the next game in their post-apocalyptic open-world RPG series.
Then, a website called Bubblews said that Fallout 4 had been shown at E3, and that it would be out for current- and next-gen consoles in 2015. Popular video game websites like VG247 reported this news. Bubblews also posted what they say is a logo for Fallout 4, which looks a whole lot like an image from deviantART.
I was curious, of course, as we hadn't heard about any unannounced Bethesda titles at the show floor, and I thought this whole thing sounded rather ridiculous. So I asked Bethesda, and they sent over a statement:
We showed three games at E3 - Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Elder Scrolls Online and The Evil Within. We did not show any of our games behind closed doors.
That's about as straightforward an answer as you can get. If Fallout 4 was shown to press at E3, it's news to us -- and it seems like it's news to Bethesda too.