Bethesda: Fallout 3 will have smaller world than Oblivion

Pete Hines, Bethesda’s Vice President of Marketing, has revealed that the upcoming post-apocalyptic outing Fallout 3 will feature a smaller game world than that of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Speaking to Australian website Gameplayer, Hines commented, "The world is much smaller than Oblivion, but packed with stuff to do. We’ve never bothered to walk across the world, but it’s between 50 to 80 per cent of the size of Oblivion.”

"One thing we did well in Oblivion was the relative distance between you and things to do in the world. Drop a ball on the map and there’s stuff to do within a certain distance. A world of endless space and meaningless walking is just not fun."

Fallout 3 takes place in a post-apocalyptic United States, ravaged by the onslaught of nuclear war. Players are cast in the shoes of a survivor living in the relative safety of Vault 101; a fallout shelter representing Washington D.C.

According to the developers, the game will feature a main quest of 20 hours long, with additional gameplay hours unlocked by completing various side quests and other miscellaneous tasks.

Fallout 3 is due out on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC later this year.