Fallout 3 given European date

End of October.

Fallout 3 will be released on 31st October in Europe, Bethesda Softworks has announced.

The developer's long-awaited modernisation of the classic RPG is one of the most highly-anticipated multiformat games of the year, due out on PS3, 360 and PC.

The player develops his or her character during an accelerated, playable childhood, in Vault 101, establishing abilities and then heading out into the world in search of daddy.

Once out in the open, the player has to deal with all sorts of conflicting post-apocalyptic groups and use the game's many discrete systems to overcome the threat they pose - including the amusing VATS system that allows you to pause and target multiple enemy parts. The combat's considered a hybrid of classic turn-based and real-time combat.

Look out for Eurogamer's review closer to release. You can check out our most recent Fallout 3 hands-on preview and this week's interview with Bethesda Softworks' Pete Hines for more details.

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