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Pete Hines doesn't say much about Fallout 3
 
Pete Hines doesn't say much about Fallout 3 [ Game -> Interview ]
Posted by Mr. Teatime Fri 19 Aug 2005, 10:53 PM
More info on Game: Fallout 3 | More info on Person: Pete Hines

The Console Wars have gotten themselves an interview with Pete Hines of Bethsoft, mainly about Oblivion, but there are two mentions of Fallout 3:

TCW: "Are you going to keep making open ended RPG's or are you getting into some other genres? If so which ones and do you have any details?"

Pete Hines: "In addition to Oblivion we’re in the very early stages of development on Fallout 3, a post-apocalyptic role-playing game. But it will be a long, long time until we’re ready to talk about what we’re up to on Fallout 3. The teams here in Rockville will definitely continue to focus on The Elder Scrolls and Fallout franchises.

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TCW: Any news on Fallout 3?

Pete Hines: "As I’ve said before, we believe in taking the requisite amount of time to do a game right. Oblivion is a good example of that – it’s already three years in the making and wasn’t even announced until it was more than two years in development.

All we really announced last year was that we had acquired the rights to develop and publish Fallout 3. So, for us, it’s still very early in the process and we don’t like to talk about our projects or show anything on them until we are much further along the road to completion and actually have things to show.

We believe that great games are played, not designed, and until you take all those ideas and implement them and see if they work, you really don’t know what you have, so why bother talking about them? For example, we designed three complete combat systems for Oblivion before we finally found the one we liked, so as a result it would have been really pointless to talk about the first two at the time, when it turns out they ended up getting completely redone."

Interesting that he mentions the combat system in a question about Fallout 3. Maybe they haven't decided how combat will work in the game?

Now for the bit that worries me:

TCW: "Will the 360 version of Oblivion be equal or superior to the PC version?"
Pete Hines: "That’s a tough question because “PC” can mean an almost infinite number of things. What video card? Sound card? How much RAM? Are the right drivers installed? The list goes on and on. All these things determine performance on a PC. The advantage of the Xbox 360 is that it’s designed to run our game, period. You know if you have a 360 it will look as good as it can possibly look. If you have the latest, greatest PC with the best video card, etc., it will probably look the same as the Xbox 360 version. Anything else will probably lag behind.

When people ask us whether or not to do a major PC upgrade or get the console version of one of our games, we always recommend the console version. Our games tend to push the limits of technology pretty hard, so it’s much easier to predict performance on a closed box than one with thousands of possible configurations."

"Fallout 3 - it works best on a console!" doesn't make me feel right.

Thanks for the news tip, Pete!

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