Steve "MrSmileyFaceDude" Meister, one of Bethesda's programmers, sent word that he's written an article on ES: Oblivion's combat (which includes a picture of him looking very much like Warren Specter). We're constantly assured how different Oblivion and Fallout 3 will be, but some things I'm guessing will carry over.For instance...
And finally, combat need not be lethal. Any combatant
- including the player -- can yield to their opponent.
It's up to the opponent to accept the yield or not,
but if they do accept, combat ends. It's a way to get
out of those sticky situations where you find yourself
in over your head. Just don't try it with a creature
or with anyone who really, really hates you! And if
an NPC yields to you, you make the call - walk away,
or keep fighting.
This is a feature long-missing in most commercial RPGs, and I hope it makes its way in some form into Fallout 3.