On Thursday, July 2, Amazon Studios announced that they have licensed the rights to the popular video game franchise Fallout. A TV series, executive produced by Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, will be coming to its Amazon Prime streaming service. Developer Bethesda Softworks' Todd Howard and James Altman will also be involved in producing the series.

One of the gaming's most popular and enduring game franchises, Fallout began in 1997 and has continued to release major titles every few years. The games take place in a post-apocalyptic future world devastated by the titular nuclear fallout; the protagonist, a determined survivor, is typically an inhabitant of an underground Vault, a pre-war bunker built seemingly in order to protect the remnants of human society.

Fallout games have become renown for a blend of grim survivalist aesthetic and reference-laden humor. In an official statement, Nolan and Joy identified themselves as longtime fans of the series. "Each chapter of this insanely imaginative story has cost us countless hours we could have spent with family and friends," they admitted.

Bethesda's Todd Howard revealed that the studio has been working for over a decade to bring Fallout to television screens around the world. The team are remaining tight-lipped on what they have in store for the series.

No release date has been announced for the series. Additionally, as script writing has yet to begin, it is unknown whether the TV series will be a direct adaptation of the games or an original story set in the Fallout universe. However, Amazon Studios did release one extremely cryptic teaser via their official Twitter, which shows TV static and a flickering message reading "Please Stand By". You can watch it here:

Are you excited for the upcoming Fallout TV series? What elements of the game series would you like to see make their way onscreen? Let us know!