Fallout 3 close to completion, to be bigger than planned

Bethesda Softworks first unveiled Fallout 3 only ten months ago, but according to the latest Xbox Magazine podcast, the game studio is already almost done with the title. In the podcast, Bethesda executive producer Todd Howard says Fallout 3's content is finished and that the title is now at the polishing stage. What's more, the upcoming game may turn out to be much bigger than anticipated.

In a preview of Fallout 3 posted last July, Shacknews reported that Bethesda expected the game to be on a smaller scale than The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, its previous opus, with a smaller world and fewer non-playable characters. However, Howard now comments that Fallout 3 is "probably twice the size that we originally had on paper" and "approaching" the magnitude of Oblivion. Overall, Howard estimates that the forthcoming title "easily" includes more than a hundred hours of total gameplay and over 200 endings—each ending naturally being tailored to the player's path throughout the game.

Fallout 3 is still very much on track to hit stores some time this fall, according to Howard. The game is expected to come out for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. (Thanks to Shacknews for the tip.)

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