Videogaming247 had an interview with Todd Howard, the executive producer of Fallout 3. He told them that Bethesda is planning to release Fallout 3 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 simultaneously in the third quarter of this year.
The news will delight PlayStation 3 owners, who were forced to wait until April 2007 for a version of Bethesda’s swords and sorcery smash, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, while Xbox 360 and PC versions hit in March 2006.
Fallout 3 is set in Washington DC, 200 years after a nuclear holocaust. Howard told us that Cormac McCarthy’s recent novel, The Road, was among one of the big influences on the game’s development.
“The Road is fantastic and came out in the middle of our design phase, so it became required reading for many of us,” he said. “We looked at many post nuclear movies, some very disturbing, things that deal with Hiroshima and such, and it gave us a good look at that type of nuclear destruction. Other general ones we looked at were things dealing with survival or how people deal with the effects of any war or rebuilding.”
Fallout 3 is likely to be awesome beyond all belief, and if you haven’t read The Road yet you need to take a long hard look in the mirror. The game is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2008.