PALGN writes: "It has been ten years since the post-apocalyptic isometric RPG Fallout 2 was released, following a year after the release of the original Fallout. Since then, publisher Interplay Entertainment has gone belly-up and the license was bought by Bethesda Softworks, a.k.a the home of the Elder Scrolls RPG series. The title has been in development since 2004 but work didn't truly start until the completion of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. While the lid on development has been held down rather tightly, we recently got a chance to get an extended look at how the game is progressing.
The representative from Bethesda went to great lengths to reassure everyone that the Fallout 3 experience will genuinely hark back to its predecessors, despite a major overhaul in certain areas. The opening of the game unfolds in a fascinating fashion, as it takes a rather bleak standing on things following a nuclear explosion (due to a war between the US and China) that wipes out a considerable amount of the world's population. However, numerous pockets of the population have survived by living in 'vaults'. Fallout 3 centres on a character that is born into Vault 101, where occupants are born and die in the vault, and are never allowed to leave."