Fallout 3 tech demo from 2003 released

Bethesda Softworks recently put up a page that says a teaser for its upcoming game, Fallout 3, is coming in just over month. To give Fallout fans a little something to chew on in the meantime—and perhaps something to put Bethesda's efforts into perspective—the folks at FileShack have gotten hold of a tech demo of the original, unfinished version of Fallout 3 developed by Black Isle Studios and shelved by Interplay four years ago. According to Fallout fan site No Mutants Allowed, the tech demo is based on "pre-alpha" game code from 2003. Combat is broken, graphics are "really basic," and it's "very, very buggy"—in other words, it looks to be more of a curiosity than anything else.

Nonetheless, NMA has put together a detailed guide to the demo so that users who weren't developers on the original project can still give it a shot. Shacknews has also put up a series of screenshots of the demo in action over here. The game's graphics look strikingly similar to the existing Fallout games. However, Black Isle Studios went with a full 3D graphics engine, all the while keeping the isometric look of the previous games.

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