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author: Darius Matusiak

The Biggest Leaks in Gaming History

Much ado about nothing – the "big" GTA 6 leak didn't reveal much in the end. The history of games knows much more serious incidents that have often cost the developers a lot of damage. Here are some of the most notable leaks in the history of gaming.

Fallout 4 – Kotaku presents...

The story of Fallout 4 leaks would probably be impossible, or at least not in the same way – I guess it would amount to little more than a brief discussion on Twitter. A year before the announcement of the game, details about it were published by Jason Schreier himself on Kotaku. The journalist received some confidential documents from a reader of the website, who auditioned for one of the roles in Bethesda's new game. It was all top-secret, of course, and the word "Fallout" was nowhere to be found, actually. The candidates only got to know the working name "Project Institute."

Source: Kotaku. - Not only GTA 6 – the biggest game leaks in history – documentary – 2022-09-26
Source: Kotaku.

In the case of such a strong IP, however, just a few details were enough to guess, with full confidence, what game was in question. I mean, one of the pages started with the series' famous catchphrase: "War never changes." The mission description revealed Boston's MIT as the site of action, which was in line with earlier reports of Bethesda employees paying the institute a visit. There were many character descriptions in the documents, mentions of Preston Garvey, mission briefs, etc. So, even before the announcement, players learned details like place of action and the general outline of the new Fallout. It's also worth mentioning that in those days, players were really hungry for information about the next game in this series, because the leak from Kotaku was preceded by many false announcements.

Aftermath

Eager for all Fallout news, players were delighted! Especially after so many previous scams, fake materials, smoke and mirrors. Eventually they got seizable, credible details about the gam. But Bethesda wasn't laughing. The studio first refused to comment on this, and then reportedly put Schreier and Kotaku on its "blacklist," even banning revieew copies of the game for them.

  1. Fallout 4 in our encyclopedia

Darius Matusiak | Gamepressure.com

Darius Matusiak

Darius Matusiak

Graduate of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Journalism. He started writing about games in 2013 on his blog on gameplay.pl, from where he quickly moved to the Reviews and Editorials department of Gamepressure. Sometimes he also writes about movies and technology. A gamer since the heyday of Amiga. Always a fan of races, realistic simulators and military shooters, as well as games with an engaging plot or exceptional artistic style. In his free time, he teaches how to fly in modern combat fighter simulators on his own page called Szkola Latania. A huge fan of arranging his workstation in the "minimal desk setup" style, hardware novelties and cats.

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