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Pete Hines in Shack News
Pete Hines in Shack News [ Game -> Interview ]
Posted by King of Creation Thu 08 Feb 2007, 8:19 PM
More info on Company: Bethesda Softworks | More info on Game: Fallout 3

Pete Hines was interviewed by Shack News about Bethesda, Oblivion, Fallout 3, and some other stuff. Not much new has been said, although there were some interesting bits. Here are some snippets:

Shack: So you're pretty far into development, I'd think?

Pete Hines: We're a fairly good ways away. Projects reach different stages of development based on how many people are working on them. You can have eight people working on a project for a year and a half and still consider yourself in preproduction just because they spend so much time speccing out what they want to do and how it's going to be implemented. But yeah, we've got a full team working on it now. Of course, as we said with all of our stuff, we don't believe in showing it or even talking about it until we can say, "This is what we're going to do." That time is not that far off.

Shack: This year?

Pete Hines: Oh yeah, yeah. It actually shocked us how long ago it was that we announced that we got the rights to Fallout 3. It surprised all of us! We all said, "Really? That long ago?" [laughs] All we had really done back then was announced we acquired it. Nobody was working on that. We just had to put something out because Interplay is publicly traded.


Shack: Have you spoken at all to the original creators of the franchise--who from what I know already had less complete involvement with Fallout 2 than with the first game--in any capacity?

Pete Hines: We have, on an individual basis. Some of those folks have contacted us on varying levels, whether it's a "Hey, good luck" or a job inquiry or what have you. Not really formally though, no. Again, it's one of those things where I have a lot of respect for those guys. I was a huge Black Isle fan, and all those RPGs coming out of Interplay at the time. I loved Baldur's Gate, Fallout. It was fantastic. Way back when, when I wrote for the Adrenaline Vault, Interplay was one of my companies. I used to cover all their stuff and play everything they put out. I still have my shrinkwrapped copies of Baldur's Gate and Planescape. They did great stuff for which I will always have tremendous respect. But at the same time, if we're going to move forward, we're really going to have to move forward. We can't just say, "Well, let's ask these guys what they think." As Fallout fans and guys who make roleplaying games and have for over a decade, we have pretty good ideas about what we want to do and how to do it.

Shack: Is there somebody at Bethesda who is really driving the vision of Fallout 3, like Todd Howard, or is it more a situation where it's the company vision?

Pete Hines: It's the vision of a group of folks. Much like The Elder Scrolls, it starts with Todd Howard who drives everything, but then there's definitely the lead designer, lead artist, lead programmer. More than anything, those team leads are the guys who champion for things, saying, "This is what it has to play like, this is what it has to look like, this is how the systems have to work." It's definitely a group of folks but at the end of the day it falls on Todd to set the pace and and how he thinks it should look and play.

Interesting. Anyways, you can go and read the whole article here.

Thanks to VDweller and Kharn for the tip.

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