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Pete Hines on Fallout 3

[Pete Hines] Fallout 1 and 2, spiritual successors to the legendary post-nuclear RPG Wasteland, have long turned into legends themselves. In 2008, Bethesda Softworks (Oblivion) plans to release part 3 – which will feature first person perspective and action fights, but could still be true to the old Fallout feeling. GamersGlobal talked to Bethesda frontman Pete Hines about skills, story and the combat system.

GG: Why did you guys choose to do the game in 3D? Was is just inevitable considering you did Oblivion before that?

Pete Hines: Certainly the technology we had and could build on was a factor. But ultimately, as fans of the series, we were very intrigued to immerse you in this world. And what is a better way of immersing you in this universe than first person, where you don’t see things in an abstract way, where you can walk up to stuff and touch it? There’s this chair which was like 4 pixels in the original Fallout, and now it’s there, it’s got a surface, you can sit in there!

GG: But what if the old Fallout fans do not like it? Won’t they look for the isometric top-down-view instead of Gears of War?

Pete Hines: There are lots of Fallout fans. I’m a Fallout fan! I am personally interested in another game set in that universe, that is true to the kind of game experience that the first two titles provided! I’m not married to the perspective, I’m not married to whether combat is turn based or real time or a sort of hybrid. If you’re someone that believes it has to be isometric and turn based, then you’ll probably be unhappy. But if you’re interested in another game in that great, rich universe, that has great texture and tone and characters, then hopefully Fallout 3 will be something which will resonate with you. At the end of the day, we can’t make a game that’s all things to all people.

GG: And of course you want to sell some numbers which would hardly be possible with an old school tactical game.

Pete Hines: Probably not. But we really felt 3D was the best thing to go for, was the best for the Fallout experience. Because I’m really in this world, I’m really doing this, instead of just looking at those characters down there.

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October 1, 2007 - 19:30 #

Flattering pictures.

Fallout 3 sounds more like Oblivion the more that Bethesda tries to suggest it isn't.

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October 2, 2007 - 15:42 #

@Anonymous, I have seen it in action (as an one hour long demo at E3, the same demo was given on GC in Leipzig), it was a blend of different scenes, but they were playable (that is: being played by Bethesda, not by us journalists). The game "felt" surprisingly like the old three Fallouts (including Fallout Tactics) in terms of hit rolls being shown, decisions being made in conversations, skills and perks, and so on. But, of course, it's Action RPG, and it's 3D, so there are a lot of similarities to Oblivion.

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January 4, 2008 - 22:11 #

I hope Bethesda won't translate Fallout into German - like they've done it with Oblivion!!!

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