Yesterday Erik Todd Dellums, the voice actor behind Three Dog from Fallout 3, published the above tweet. What’s more, Dellums confirmed he was “given permission” to make that Tweet, presumably by Bethesda Softworks (without this fact I probably wouldn’t have given this teaser the time of day).
Almost immediately fans of the post-apocalyptic RPG began speculating that this was an indication that Fallout 4 is on the horizon. Another theory suggests that this may have to do with a Fallout movie — Dellums went so far as to retweet a user who suggested it was one or the other.
Alright, time for me to get all conspiracy theory up in here:
First, ask yourself: if Bethesda were to make a Fallout film — would it take place during the events of Fallout 3 (the only game where Three Dog is a character) or would it start earlier in the franchise’s history? Personally, I think it would be wiser for a film/TV show to start from the beginning, especially if they want to entice new fans.
Second, ask yourself: if Fallout 4 is in development, how likely is it that Three Dog is going to make it into the game? According to the game’s timeline, numbered installments are often separated by upwards of 40 years. Given the poor life expectancy that comes with living in an irradiated world, I wouldn’t wager that old Three Dog will still be around to see Fallout 4.
What does that leave? I’ve essentially poked holes in the two most reasonable and popular theories.
Now for my theories:
- DLC: Fallout: New Vegas takes place just 4 years after Fallout 3. That means, potentially, Three Dog is alive during both games. What puts a kink in this theory is that both games appear to be done cranking out DLC. Still, maybe Bethesda will release some DLC (for either game) that leads into, or teases, Fallout 4. This may also be a good way to drum up cash and press. Rumor had it that Fallout 4 may take place in Boston, which isn’t far from Fallout 3‘s location in DC/Maryland. Maybe the Lone Wanderer is headed north?
- Something Else: I know that’s vague, but we need to remember that a number of things are considered a game these days: mobile “games”, Facebook “games” — they may not be the blockbusters that hook us, but… they are a thing.
Man, it’s been a while since I’ve let my imagination run wild like this. Reminds me of my Catherine speculation days! Rest assured I’ll be keeping a keen watch for any new Fallout news. Maybe we can expect something concrete by this year’s E3?