Today, several gaming websites including IGN and Joystiq recieved flash drives in envelopes marked with stamps originating from Maryland (where Bethesda Softworks is located) with no return address. The flash drives contained an audio file and a Word document. The audio file contains a quote from Julius Caesar and an encrypted message spelling out "MOD ZZZ JNQRYD3FRP". The Word documents contains 6 words:

  • Cryptography
  • Isotope
  • Philanthropy
  • Hydrogen
  • Ember
  • Rebirth was quickly able to decipher the code using the Acronym for the words above " C.I.P.H.E.R." and the quote from Caesar, as well as the encypted message from the audio file. It was discovered that using the Caesar Cipher, and the word mod signalling a shift of 3 letters, the code ends up leading to a website This website features a 50s style TV and a looping video/audio message with themes including society, atoms, nuclear energy, and baseball. Another decoding of the repeating encyption on the website using the Baconian Cipher reveals that it says "APRIL WEEK TWO".

Now there has been a lot of talk around the internet on this subject and what it is teasing for. The evidence almost entirely suggests Fallout: New Vegas. However, it is possible that much of the evidence is coincidence. The evidence is:

  • The Maryland postal stamp, indicating it came from Maryland,
  • The audio defects in the audio messages that can be associated with 50s era technology
  • Slot machine noises can be heard in the background of the audio messages
  • The nuclear themes on the website along with most of the other imagery and the style it is presented

Below are the links to the articles of both gaming websites and the viral website in question.

Cheers, Merker6!


Bethesda has confirmed that this is not related to Fallout: New Vegas.