'Fallout 4' Teased by Three Dog Voice Actor

Fallout 4 Three Dog Announcement

It's not a question of if, but when Bethesda Softworks will unveil Fallout 4. The Maryland-based publisher/developer acquired the franchise from its original creator, Interplay Interactive, in 2007 (though a stiff legal battle muddied the situation until 2011) and has been forthright about its plans to expand the series beyond Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, the current two Bethesda iterations released in 2008 and 2010.

Now, a new tease from a familiar face voice has indicated that a Fallout announcement, of some shape or form, is incoming. Erik Todd Dellums -- better known to Fallout fans as Three Dog, the dissident DJ and news anchor of the in-game radio station Galaxy News Radio ("Bringing you the truth, no matter how bad it hurts") -- tweeted that he could be returning for yet another installment in the series:

Interestingly, Dellums's tweet doesn't appear to be of the unsanctioned variety, the kind of secret-outing discourse occasionally provided when a voice actor isn't exactly keen on a developer's PR policies; he followed up by stating that "permission" was given for the tease:

But of course the Fallout franchise has also been tied, albeit loosely, to a film adaptation over years. To help the speculation fester further, Dellums retweeted one responder who ventured at both possibilities:

Considering Bethesda's current paucity of projects, however, Fallout 4 seems the likelier scenario. With work on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ostensibly finishing up -- the game's latest rumored DLC, "Redguard," would likely be its last  -- the company's in-house developers have a great deal of freedom in deciding their next move. Bethesda tends to nurture its projects, to string out development across a number of years, and an early Fallout 4 announcement now (or in the near future) would place it in prime position for the next generation of consoles.

Fallout 4 Reveal Three Dog

And Dellums's inclusion could point us towards Fallout's next destination. Last August  it was suggested that Fallout 4 might be shipping up to Boston, Massachusetts, when Bethesda developers were rumored to be mapping out parts of the city and consorting with associates at MIT. Should Fallout 4 feature Three Dog, however, the voice of populism in post-apocalyptic Washington D.C. (aka the Capital Wasteland), it would suggest that at least to some extent Fallout 3's central setting is returning. Perhaps Fallout 4 would tie multiple major cities into its open-world gameplay, akin to Assassin's Creed, or even multiple protagonists a la Grand Theft Auto V.

What do you think 2013 has in store for the Fallout 4 and Bethesda's post-apocalyptic-wasteland series?

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Source: Erik Todd Dellums Twitter [via VG 24/7]

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