PSU: How do you intend to make Fallout 3 approachable to those who haven’t played the earlier games in the series?
Pete Hines: Well, we make sure you don’t have to have played the previous Fallout games to understand what’s going on in Fallout 3. Obviously the control scheme should be familiar with folks who have played a 1st or 3rd person game. That was one of the nice things I heard at PAX from a number of folks is that they felt like the basic controls were pretty intuitive and seemed to pick up on things like how to use the Pip-Boy or the V.A.T.S. combat system pretty quickly.
PSU: We’ve heard there will be different factions/gangs throughout the game. Can you join any of them and how will they play a role in Fallout 3?
Hines: There are a lot of factions in the world, but you can’t join them. They’re groups you interact with and decide how you’re going to deal with them. How will you deal with the Slavers when you find them? Will you try to free slaves and be a good guy, or try to profit from working with the Slavers? But there aren’t groups you join and try to become the head of or anything like that.
PSU: Are there items, aside from power armor, that boost stats or skills? What can you tell us about them?
Hines: There are items you can find that will give you a boost to certain skills, whether it’s your original Vault Suit or the Sherrif’s Duster or any number of other things.