Fallout 3 goes gold, will be out later this month

Put on your vault-dweller suit, switch on your PIP-Boy 3000, and get ready to head out into the wasteland. Shacknews says Fallout 3 has gone gold, bringing Bethesda's work to a close over four years after it announced the title. The game will now head off to duplication, and as we've already reported, it will finally hit stores on October 28 in North America and on October 31 in Europe. Bethesda has developed PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 versions of Fallout 3 simultaneously.

In case you've been living under a rock these past few years (or you just don't pay much attention to games), Fallout 3 takes up where the 1990s isometric role-playing-game series left off, bringing a graphical makeover and a 3D game world full of fancy shader effects. Instead of Fallout series creator Black Isle Studios, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion developer Bethesda Softworks has put together this new game.

Fallout 3 takes place in a post-apocalyptic version of Washington, D.C. in the year 2277, and it will apparently mix classical RPG elements from the original series with over-the-shoulder and first-person-style gameplay. You can see the title in action by hitting Shacknews' screenshot gallery and an official gameplay video hosted at GameTrailers.com. Shacknews has a little hands-on impressions piece with another video up over here, too.

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