Broken Steel arrives May 5th

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Fallout 3′s third DLC, Broken Steel, is coming to Xbox LIVE and Games for Windows LIVE on Tuesday, May 5th. As with the previous DLCs, Broken Steel will cost 800 Microsoft Points.

Following our press event in London yesterday, there’s plenty of new coverage on the DLC. Check the following sites for previews (caution: spoilers ahead)

As more coverage surfaces, we’ll keep you in the know. In the meantime, check out screenshots at the Fallout 3 Official Site.

Broken Steel interview/screenshots at Gamespot

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This evening on Gamespot, a new interview on Broken Steel went up — courtesy of Fallout 3 Designer Alan Nanes. Here’s a sample:

Gamespot: How do you account for the variety of endings in the original game with this continuation? Are there decisions that players have made that have to be cast aside for the sake of storytelling?

Alan Nanes: This was perhaps one of the toughest things for us to do when creating Broken Steel. We took great pains to make certain that the actions players made at the end of Fallout 3′s original story are not completely invalidated. In fact, we took what players did into careful account and wove it into some of the quests. For example, if players decided to follow President Eden’s advice and spiked the water with the Modified F.E.V., that decision will affect the Capital Wasteland and how the player interacts or perceives its inhabitants. We’ve also added some new decisions to the original storyline that players will be able to make to add some more variety and make the transition feel right.

Head to Gamespot to read the rest and check out the first screenshots for Broken Steel.

Fallout: New Vegas announced

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At a London press event today, we announced Obsidian is developing a new Fallout game, titled Fallout: New Vegas. To learn more about the title, check out press coverage at the following links:

When we have more details on the game, we’ll let you know.

Update: Shacknews has a new interview with Pete where he discusses, among other things, Fallout: New Vegas.

What we’re playing: Halo again edition

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It’s been awhile since I’ve seen devs playing Halo 3, but it looks like the release of the Mythic Map Pack has folks coming back for more. I might even give it a whirl myself — I need to get back in a groove before Halo 3: ODST gets released.

Below are the rest of the games we’re playing. Have a great weekend!

Bruce Nesmith: Halo 3.

Brent Krische, QA Tester: Final Fantasy IV (DS), Sam & Max Season Two, and a little bit of Halo 3 with my girlfriend’s little brother.

Sam Bernstein, QA: Left 4 Dead, Halo 3, and warming up my old copy of Warcraft 3 (thank goodness is OS X compatible).

Matt Ponton, QA: Street Fighter IV (360), Valkyria Chronicles, and Mirror’s Edge (360).

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Community Scrapbook: Celebrity Lookalikes

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Awhile back, I suggested that the next Community Scrapbook center around sharing/creating characters that look like celebrities. Hmm, that didn’t seem to work out too well.  I only received a few emails and some of those have links that no longer work.  Thanks to Grayewolf for the one above (likeness: Adrianna Lima). I also saw this post in the forums today — I can’t tell if it’s Christian Bale, Jared Leto, or someone else.

Rather than coming up with a new Community Scrapbook on my own, send your suggestions to bethblog@bethsoft.com, or just post in the comments section below. Try to keep in mind themes that will work with both The Elder Scrolls and Fallout.

Planet Fallout Update – Dogmeat Armor Edition

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Today Planet Fallout put up a new update on mods to their site, so I figured now’s as good a time as ever to update you on some other happenings at their site.

Let’s start with mods. Currently, the most popular mod on the site is eaglechunks01′s Dogmeat Leather Armor. At double its normal cost this week, you can download it free here. :) Elsewhere, if you’re looking for some ridiculous firepower, generalveggieman has unveiled his Super Fatman – which unleashes 255 mini-nukes with one shot. Finally, if you’re looking to move through the Capital Wasteland a little quicker, check out Clorf’s Sprint Mod — which cleverly uses up AP if you choose to sprint.

Are you just getting started with adding mods? You might want to check out these helpful tutorials on Installing Fallout 3 Mods and Installing Fallout Mod Manager.

In other modding news, Blinzler has a new State of Modding interview with Vault Dweller’s Survival Perk Pack creator Pirate_Phil. Also, don’t forget about the site’s Project Safehouse Modding Contest — the deadline to enter is April 30th.

Last but not least, the Planet Fallout team is giving out DLC codes for The Pitt. Check here for more details.

Around the web and on newsstands

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Here’s a few things to be on the lookout for — both online and in print.

Voodoo Extreme has a new interview with Fallout 3 Production Director Ashley Cheng. In the interview, Ash discusses his role with the company dating back to his work on The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Here’s a snippet from the interview:

What is the process for determining art direction on any of the games you produce?

The art direction comes from our concept artists, our lead artists on the project (Matt Carofano for Elder Scrolls; Istvan Pely for Fallout 3), and our game director/exec producer, Todd Howard. We go through months and months of concepts, looking for the right tone and look. We tend to create concepts of overall scenes to help dictate the direction before getting into lots of detail.

Hit the link below for more news….

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