PSU Interviews Bethesda's Pete Hines on Fallout 3
- Posted September 5th, 2008 at 07:35 EDT by
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With Fallout 3 rapidly approaching its hotly anticipated US release on October 28, PSU decided to catch up with developer Bethesda Softworks to squeeze in a few last minute details on the post-apocalyptic RPG for your viewing pleasure. Our interview was conducted with Vice President of Marketing, Pete Hines.
PSU: How do you intend to make Fallout 3 approachable to those who haven't played the earlier games in the series?
Pete Hines: Well, we make sure you don't have to have played the previous Fallout games to understand what's going on in Fallout 3. Obviously the control scheme should be familiar with folks who have played a 1st or 3rd person game. That was one of the nice things I heard at PAX from a number of folks is that they felt like the basic controls were pretty intuitive and seemed to pick up on things like how to use the Pip-Boy or the V.A.T.S. combat system pretty quickly.
PSU: We've heard there will be different factions/gangs throughout the game. Can you join any of them and how will they play a role in Fallout 3?
Hines: There are a lot of factions in the world, but you can't join them. They're groups you interact with and decide how you're going to deal with them. How will you deal with the Slavers when you find them? Will you try to free slaves and be a good guy, or try to profit from working with the Slavers? But there aren't groups you join and try to become the head of or anything like that.
PSU: Are there items, aside from power armor, that boost stats or skills? What can you tell us about them?
Hines: There are items you can find that will give you a boost to certain skills, whether it's your original Vault Suit or the Sherrif's Duster or any number of other things.
PSU: Approximately how many settlements/cities are there in the game?
Hines: There are a couple of major locations, like Megaton, and then a lot of smaller settlements and pockets of humanity scratching out an existence all over the place.
PSU: Will nuclear weapons leave harmful radiation behind after you or an enemy uses it? If so, how long will the radiation remain?
Hines: Yes, if you use the Fat Man it does leave behind radiation, as do cars that you blow up. It disapates over a period of time so it isn't there forever. There are a number of places in the world where radiation is persistent and anytime you enter these areas (like swimming in the Potomac) you'll take some radiation damage.
PSU: Will there be mod support for Fallout 3 similar to what we saw with Oblivion?
Hines: As far as tools for PC users to mod the game, we'll have to see. That's a whole separate product we have to put out and support and right now we're entirely focused on getting this game shipped on three platforms, and nothing else.
PSU: Will Fallout 3 support PlayStation trophies and achievements?
Hines: Not at launch. It remains to be seen what we do down the road. It wasn't something we were able to incorporate into the game for launch.
We'd like to thank Hines for answering our questions and be sure to keep an eye out for Fallout 3 when it hits stores this October.
- 2:37am EDT - September 5th, 2008
Fallout always seemed like a cool game to me.
- 2:55am EDT - September 5th, 2008
now i am 80% sure that there will be trophies with patch
- 3:15am EDT - September 5th, 2008
I really don't care about trophies I am just anxious to get my hands on this game.
- 4:58am EDT - September 5th, 2008
Am i just not a hardcore gamer that care about trophy? I have Uncharted and beat it 3 time and never bother getting trophy....... and i just think only people that like to compared themself to other player care. Anyway, i don't care if this game get trophy or not, i will still get it
- 5:17am EDT - September 5th, 2008
psn id: gingo..... great interview PSU, i still dont think i will get this game i am probably one of the only people that didn't like oblivion so i doubt i will enjoy this
- 6:13am EDT - September 5th, 2008
I may like this game but I'm not into buying single player only games, especially if they aren't exclusive so I'll wait till it goes dirt cheap.
- 6:48am EDT - September 5th, 2008
I'm going to beat the poop out of those slavers hahahaha. Oblivion kicked ass, I just wish that Bethesda liked PS as much as that damned box.
funkybudda | funkybudda
- 7:06am EDT - September 5th, 2008
no trophies = epic laziness. It's similar type of calculation for the 360 achievements, they are just lazy and taking MS moneyhat for exclusive DLC contents etc.
- 7:28am EDT - September 5th, 2008
I'll buy it anyway, trophies is just a nice plus
- 8:21am EDT - September 5th, 2008
Dont care for trophies, after I finish a game of so many hours of gameplay, I dont think I will play again just for the damn trophies.
- 12:07pm EDT - September 5th, 2008
I got trophies but its not a big deal, Its about the game,
- 12:20pm EDT - September 5th, 2008
I would have been busting their chops and asking questions as to why no DLC for PS3 but there is for PC and 360. Of course, I like to confront people about those things. I would like to know why, instead of hearing that they are not going to do this or that.
- 4:36pm EDT - September 5th, 2008
Not to bothered bout Trophy support, especialy in this sort of game, Will 110% be getting this, Loved Oblivion and cant wait to get started with this bad boy, Bring it on !!!
primalbreath | jdawg222
- 10:03pm EDT - September 5th, 2008
looks cool. but the setting doesnt do it for me. im sure it will get good scores and will be a great game but id rather purchase a diff game
- 1:52am EDT - September 6th, 2008
cant wait 4 fallout 3 100hrs long that game will be better grafik than oblivion
- 4:56am EDT - September 8th, 2008
Am I the only one with no intention of buying this game? It comes out the same time as LBP, and I'm going to be playing on that bad boy.
- 2:01pm EDT - September 8th, 2008
@6 that sounds like what i'm doing
@12 i'm like you i would have confronted him to on all things
@16 i agree with you on that to besides all m money going towards PS3 EXCLUESIVES first then third parties last.
- 11:53pm EDT - September 8th, 2008
Im growing tired of the lack of PS3-related questions that all of us fans are dying to be answered. Instead we get the same stuff everyone else is asking.
dragon1989 | abdesalam
- 2:04am EDT - September 9th, 2008
wow amazing game to play and watch
- 5:54pm EDT - September 10th, 2008
Wow that's a really long interview.... ... ...
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