Looks like I get a chance to to use my “Emil Card” image again, as there’s two news items to share on Fallout 3’s Lead Writer.
First, at Gamasutra, there’s a new feature titled The Gamasutra 20: Top Game Writers — with Emil making the list. Congrats to Emil and all the other amazing writers that made the list.
In other Emil news, it was announced this week that he’ll be keynoting an upcoming Game Career Seminar at GDC. The seminar will take place during the conference on Friday, March 27.For more details, check out the news story at Game Daily.
Yesterday we put up new screenshots for The Pitt. Today, here’s two new previews for the content based on impressions from this year’s D.I.C.E Summit.
Up first, Erik Brudvig took a trip to The Pitt for IGN. Here’s a snippet:
“Your goal in The Pitt is to infiltrate the slave camp, find Ashur, and get a cure he holds that can cure the mutations afflicting everyone in the local populace. Getting into The Pitt slave camp is easier said than done and you won’t find it as easy to access as Paradise Falls. In fact, to get in you’ll have to submit to slavery yourself and temporarily give up all of the great items and weapons you’ve been collecting.”
Meanwhile, RicardoT from Gamespot wrote:
“Unsurprisingly the Pitt has a pretty bleak and oppressive feel to it, which comes through clearly from a visual perspective. The slaves look pretty messed up, the raiders are spooky, and the environment has got that very special “exploded yet lived-in” you’ve probably come to expect from Fallout. Overall the Pitt’s looking cool, and we’re really anxious to download it when it gets released this March; so we probably won’t feel too bad about forking over the 800 points for the Xbox 360 version. There’s a fair chunk of content such as new weapons, plus achievements and perks, so there’s a lot to like.”
Update: Over at MTV Multiplayer, Pete answered questions from Stephen Totilo, as well as some community questions. Here’s a sample:
Is it as combat focused as Anchorage? Because that’s not what I want.
Hines: No. It is much more in line with some of the other stuff in “Fallout.” There are these two factions. There’s a story: the slavers vs. the slaves. And you have to figure out who you want to believe and who you want to help. Clearly, there’s combat involved, but there are multiple ways to go about doing things. You have to decide ultimately what you think is right, because there is no real right or wrong.
As more details/news emerge on The Pitt, we’ll keep you posted.
Over on the Fallout 3 Official Site, we released three new screens for The Pitt — Fallout 3’s second DLC. As we speak (err, as I type), new hands-on impressions are popping up at sites like GameSpy and The Escapist.
The Pitt is set to release next month on Games for Windows LIVE and Xbox LIVE.
Here’s the latest online coverage for Fallout 3.
As we mentioned a few weeks back, PC Gamer named Fallout 3 as their 2008 Game of the Year. If you weren’t able to pick up the issue, you can now read the remarks written by Todd Howard and Emil Pagliarulo over at GamesRadar.
This week, Fallout 3 was nominated for two Game Audio Network Guild’s awards. The game was nominated for Best Use of Multi-Channel Surround in a Game, as well as Best Use of Licensed Music.
In DLC news, there’s a couple things you can check out. If you’re a Game Informer subscriber, you can read a new interview with Jeff Gardiner on their Game Informer Unlimted page. In the interview, Jeff discusses both The Pitt and Broken Steel. Elsewhere, Area 5 share their thoughts on Fallout 3’s first DLC, Operation: Anchorage, in a new video podcast.
Finally, here’s some new modding news from Planet Fallout. This week Blinzler has two new State of Modding Interviews this week — this time with Mr.SlackPants and Joefoxx.
While you’re there, check out some of Planet Fallout’s featured mods. If you’re seeking new apparel, check out Moira’s New Shipment by CrowBennett08 and Camo Uniforms Remix by rebel5555. Need a new place to stay? Check out Yevic1994’s Big Town Junk House or one of Princess Stomper’s homes located in Rivet City and atop the Washington Monument.
This week GameFly announced that Fallout 3 was selected as their Game of the Year in the 2008 GameFly Q Awards. as selected by GameFly subscribers. In addition to be ranked as the overall winner, the game ranked #1 among Xbox 360 users and #3 on PlayStation 3.
On behalf of the folks that worked on the game, thank you for voting for us.
Fallout 3’s second DLC, The Pitt, will be arriving next month on Games for Windows LIVE and Xbox LIVE, but if you want a sneak peek at the content, there’s a couple magazines out there with new information on the game.
The most recent issue of Game Informer (now hitting subscribers) and the UK edition of OXM (now on newsstands) feature new details and screenshots.
Elsewhere, in the upcoming issue of OXM (April), there’s a feature on “The State of DLC Today,” which will feature an interview with Todd Howard, their Operation: Anchorage Review, and a screen from The Pitt.
As more information comes out on The Pitt, we’ll keep you updated.
This week we’re talking with Elder Scrolls/Fallout 3 modder, Philipp Termeer (known in the forums as Phitt). Phitt is a resident of Wiesbaden, Germany where he works as an engineer. Phitt has been playing our games since Morrowind, and began modding with Oblivion.
Phitt is currently working on a very impressive Oblivion, Sheogorad, using thousands of meshes made from scratch. Pretty impressive homage to Morrowind!
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Today we’re checking in on some of the latest modding news at Planet Fallout.
We’ll begin with the third installation of their State of Modding series. This time around, Blinzler goes head-to-head with BGS forum member Qzilla. Here’s a snippet of the interview:
Any advice to people new to modding (Fallout 3)?
Qzilla: Everyone says this to new modders but it’s 100% true: start small! If your first foray into modding is making a WIP thread for a TC for Oblivion/Fallout 3 and you haven’t even started on it yet… you’re starting down a long long tunnel with no end in sight. The best way to start modding, from my perspective, is to find someone else’s *small* mod, and try to customize it more to your liking, emphasis again on *small*. Mods can get very complex very fast, so the best way to gain understanding is to start with something small and simple, and then once you’ve got the basics down you can start trying to mix things together to do more complicated things. No matter how much you may want to remake the entire Deus Ex game with the Fallout 3 engine — or whatever wild-eyed dream you’ve cooked up — it’s not gonna happen.
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Happy Wednesday everyone (aka Cookie Day at the office)! Here’s some new Fallout 3 coverage for you to check out.
In yesterday’s USA Today, there’s a story on new downloadable games/content. Within the article, there’s a mention of Fallout 3’s second DLC, The Pitt. The Pitt will hit Xbox LIVE and Games for Windows this March.
Still haven’t downloaded Operation: Anchorage? Today, The Escapist put up their Fallout 3 Challenge, where you’ll have a chance to win a download code for either Xbox 360 or Games for Windows. To win, you’ll need to correctly answer 10 Fallout 3 trivia questions. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that anyone that frequents Bethesda Blog will have no trouble answering the questions. Keep in mind the challenge is a one day affair, and winners will be selected at random from those that correctly answer the questions. For more details, head to The Escapist.
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Thought I’d share a great tribute video to Fallout 3 I just watched on You Tube. Titled “Fire in Paradise” by DigitalDilettante, the video has some pretty great angles and shots (including the one above from atop the Washington Monument).
Check the video out at YouTube, and be sure to click on the high quality version.