You know what I love about convention season? The flood of concrete release dates. Today Bethesda Softworks announced that Fallout 3, the game I'm probably looking forward to the most this year, is coming out on October 28th.

The Fallout series is an role-playing game franchise set two hundred years after a nuclear war has ravaged most of the world. While the first two games were set in the ruins of southern California, Fallout 3 is set in Washington, D.C., which I assume will be under the control of a mohawked, mutant Dick Cheney (oh, if only I had Photoshop skills). After growing up in a massive underground shelter, the main character ventures out into the ravaged landscape to find his father.

Many fans of the series are leery about the third installment being handled by a different developer (Black Isle Studios did Fallout 1 and 2). The fear is that this is just going to be, essentially, a reskinned Oblivion. Not that Oblivion was bad; Fallout fans are just concerned that the traditional feel of the series will be lost. However, what I've seen of Fallout 3 so far seems to maintain the dark comedy and grittiness of the previous games. I might be too cheery to judge this properly, though; I'm just psyched that this game is finally coming out after years of limbo.

The game will be released simultaneously for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. Bethesda is offering an $80 Collector's Edition to pre-order customers and you can check out the details on the bundle here.

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