Pete Hines has been interviewed by the rather oddly named Spong. Here's the good part:
POnG: From that description, it strikes me that there's maybe similarities with what Irrational are trying to do with Bioshock.
Pete Hines: Mmmmmm, not really…
maybe a little, but only in as much as any role-playing game is going
to be similar in certain ways to any other role-playing game. What
you're going to see from us in Fallout 3 is going to be pretty
SPOnG: In terms of resurrecting that late 1990s classic though?
Pete Hines: Yeah, but again, what Fallout 3 does in terms of theme and tone and setting is very different.
SPOnG: One of the things that
crops up a lot in reviews and discussions of about Fallout is that a
lot of the fans like the about Fallout humour. What does this mean to
Pete Hines: Well, Todd Howard
(Executive Producer at Bethesda) has talked a little about this. We're
not big fans of jokes… developers that try to tell jokes, it tends not
to work very well. You know, the humour in Fallout 3 is that you can
get a weapon and blow a guy to a bloody mess, then when you pull up
your interface, you see a little smiling cartoon character holding his
thumb up. Like that's funny… funny not in terms of jokes or winks at
the camera and such…
SPOnG: So, more like Terminator style humour?
Pete Hines: Yeah, exactly, that sort of stuff. It's just on how you present the game and the content and the setting.
SPOnG: And the setting is East Coast USA right?
Pete Hines: I dunno if we've said, have we? There's a lot of rumour and speculation swirling about out there! [laughs]
SPOnG: Is it fair to say it will be released on PC, PS3 and 360?
Pete Hines: No, not fair to say. We haven't announced any platforms yet.