Very few game franchises have been able to amass the kind of cult following built around Fallout. The games’ unique storytelling, compelling characters, and innovative gameplay work together to create an immersive experience for gamers that’s easy to love.
So when Bethesda announced Fallout 4 a couple months ago, fans were understandably elated by the prospect of once again delving into the post-apocalyptic world. Naturally, gamers were curious to see if their favorite features from past Fallout games would return in Fallout 4, and fortunately, many of the most loved aspects of the series will be making an appearance. Sadly, there is one feature, or rather character, who won’t be reprising his role in Fallout 4: DJ Three Dog.
For those who aren’t familiar, DJ Three Dog was the host of Fallout 3‘s Galaxy News Radio, a radio station survivors could pick up using their PipBoy in the game. As players traversed the scorched and barren landscape, DJ Three Dog would provide news and play the same collection of songs over and over.
The news of DJ Three Dog’s omission comes as a surprise, considering he tweeted about his involvement with a new Fallout property two years ago. Many assumed that meant he would be included in Fallout 4, and it seems so did he. In fact, the actor who voices DJ Three Dog, Erik Todd Dellums, tweeted earlier this month in response to Bethesda’s tweet about completing voice recording for Fallout 4 that he was sad not to be included in the game, and felt like he had been gut-punched.
Considering Dellum’s excitement in 2013 to announce his participation in a Fallout property, and his popularity among Fallout 3 fans, one has to wonder what happened during those two years. Some might speculate that maybe he jumped the gun a couple years ago by announcing his role in a Fallout title, or that maybe the relationship wasn’t yet solidified. However, considering he tweeted shortly afterward saying he was allowed to reveal his connection to the property, it seems there’s something else at play.
Most likely, Bethesda was originally planning to include DJ Three Dog in Fallout 4, but over the course of development and planning, decided to cut the character. Bigger changes have happened in shorter time during game developmen; it’s just unfortunate for Dellum that he didn’t know DJ Three Dog was cut.
It will be interesting to see if there is a similar character to DJ Three Dog in Fallout 4, albeit with a new voice actor. If nothing else, hopefully players can still access music with their PipBoy, since it will surely help pass the time as they journey through the ruins of Boston.
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Fallout 4 is set to release November 10, 2015 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.