I was talking with Pete Hines about the whole hullabaloo over the Fallout 3 production status and whether or not Fallout 3 was out of pre-production. He wanted me to relay the following to you:
Suffice it to say that we have been adding people to the project over the last few months and will continue to do so going forward. Beyond that, we aren't ready to talk about what we're up to or what stage we're in or when we'll be ready to talk. The game is being worked on, that's for sure.
I've taken what he's said to mean that Fallout 3 isn't in what we might think of as pure pre-production or full-blown production. I guess what I've determined is that it's in a sort of limbo between the two. So take from that what you will. Work is being done on the game...that's all I care about.