Friday, February 24, 2006


No Fallout 3 Anytime Soon

I have been reading a few web sites, and learned that Fallout 3 is not going to be shown at E3. For those that don't know, the Fallout series is one of the best role-playing game series that has ever been made. Developed by Interplay's internal studio, Black Isle Games, Fallout 1 and 2 were exceptional RPGs that allowed the player unprecedented freedom of action. What you chose to do in the game had an impact on the story, and how you chose to develop your character made the games play out in very different ways. And the post-apocalyptic setting was done with such style and flavor that one couldn't help but love it. I heart Pip-Boy.

Anyway, so Interplay went kaput and so did any hopes of another sequel (after the much maligned, but still fun Fallout Tactics, a squad-based tactical strategy game that sadly didn't have the original series' style or open-endedness). That is, until Bethesda aquired the rights to the Fallout name and setting, and sometime in 2004 began production of Fallout 3. No one really knows what changes Bethesda is making to the Fallout franchise with this iteration, but based on the developers discussions the game is extremely important to them, and they are taking their time with it, much like Oblivion.

Since Fallout 3 will not be shown at E3, we can pretty much rule-out a release in 2006 and probably early 2007. I guess fall 2007 is about the earliest we could hope to see it. Here's hoping that it will be worth the extremely long wait!

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