Keep in mind that this has not yet been verified with a scan or anything, but NMA has a transcript of an article about Fallout 3 in the May issue of PC Zone UK. Here's what they had to say:
Title: Before the Fall
Bethesda's Pete Hines speaks out on the mixed emotions surrounding Fallout 3.
"We've said this before and we'll say this again: not everybody is
going to agree with the game we are making: it's a solid-gold lock,"
exclaims a tired and emotional Pete Hines when we ask him about the
forthcoming Fallout 3. He's just spent a long day plugging the hugely
anticipated Oblivion expansion Shivering Isles and the inevitable query
about Bethesda's 'other' RPG has reared it's head. "Some people will
like it, some people will hate it, and they don't even know what we're
Few developers have been so honest in regard to a game's potential
reception, but then again few developers have had to face a fanbase
quite so rabid, rigid and (sad to say) repeatedly screwed over as those
of the post- nuclear role-player. Hines, however, is insistant about
how dedicated to the wastelands cause Bethesda truly are. "I have it on
my laptop here, I play it on the road. We're all big fallout fans, we
play Fallout, Fallout 2, we play the non-RPG ones, I mean, I play
Fallout: Tactics, I played Brotherhood of Steel (the abysmal Xbox
'action' game)because I felt I had to give it a look. And I was sorry I
"We feel that we're doing Fallout 3 having done one and two, even
though we didn't. Much like the Elder Scrolls, we look at what worked,
we look at what didn't; we look at where we want to take it, how to
move it forward and keep it relevant. But we also want to stay true to
the stuff people remember and took to heart in Fallout, which was the
kinds of quests you did, the choices that were laid before you, the way
the game would play differently depending on how you were role-playing
and the setting...That sort of stuff."
You also shouldn't expect the lewdness of Fallout 2, as Hines reckons
it got "a little too caught up in trying to be funny or controversial
or whatever." Which is a shame as certain PCZONE staffers thought,
choosing to be a low-paid fluffer at a post-apocaluptic porn studio,
only to find the fluid exchange left them with a traditional RPG
poisoning, the height of hilarity back in 1998. Whatever the case, the
smart bets are for Fallout 3 to be a free-roaming, first-person
action/RPG with more dialogue, violence and grit than the Elder Scrolls
has ever seen.
Unconfirmed rumour has it that the game will take place on the
America's east coast, rather than the original's iconic west, while
promotional posters suggest that the franchise's cheery combination of
optimistic 1950's propaganda and arid, desolate solitude will remain
firmly in place. And what with the only other hope for Fallout being an
extremely unlikely MMO being crafted (possibly) by the remnants of what
was once gaming giant Interplay, it's safe to say that a lot is riding
on its success. Internet buzz, meanwhile, is suggesting an official
unveiling at some point this summer, perhaps at the revamped E3.
Hines, however seems to think it inevitable that no matter how happy
bethesda are with their offering, there are bound to be murmurs of
discontent from the more radiation-soaked parts of the Internet.
"People will have to take it for what it is. If they like it, great, if
they don't like it... Well some folks just aren't going to give it a
chance out of the box. And you know what? That's your choice. If you
don't want to give it a shot, there's nothing we can do about that..."