Bethesda all out for 'Fallout 4', fallout for global productivity foretold in countdown

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Bethesda has given us all a reason to take time off with the impending announcement of a new Fallout game.

The Fallout daddy has put up a countdown ticker for what will likely be the next edition of the beloved post-apocalyptic roleplaying game series.

The countdown clock promises some big news for gamers within the next 22 hours, roughly Tuesday AM US Pacific Time (late Tuesday afternoon UTC).

The release will be the first update to the Fallout franchise from Bethesda since the 2008 release of Fallout 3.

The iconic game gathered a major following, and is widely considered to be one of the all-time greats. Subsequent releases saw expansion packs for the game, as well as user-generated maps, graphics and other add-ons for PC users. The game was not without its controversy, however, as its emphasis on violence and drug-use irked some censors – Australia refused to give it an age-rating certificate.

The franchise was given a refresh with the 2010 release of Fallout: New Vegas, though that game was developed by Obisidian Entertainment and was not a full-fledged Bethesda release. Fallout games have traditionally been made available for current-generation consoles and PCs.

Set in an alternate reality where a failed Chinese invasion of America resulted in thermonuclear war, the Fallout series pits the player as a survivor tasked with navigating a wasteland and rebuilding civilization in some form in the wake of the apocalypse. Fallout 3 was set in the Washington DC area, while previous games have taken place on the West Coast of the US.

No release date has been given for the new Fallout installation. ®

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