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No Fallout 3 at this year's E3

It's still a long way off.

Bad news for those eagerly anticipating the arrival of the latest instalment in the Fallout series - Bethesda Softworks has announced that there's still a good while to wait just yet.

In fact, Fallout 3 won't even go on show at this year's Electronics Entertainment Expo, according to Bethesda's Peter Hines. "I can tell you it won't be at E3 and that it'll be a while still before we're ready to talk about it," he told GameSpot.

"Much like with Oblivion, we don't like to talk about games until we're a fair ways along in development and cannot only talk about it, but show it."

The first Fallout game, which was released by Interplay in 1997, was widely regarded as one of the best PC RPGs around - and its sequel was rather impressive, too. But following a shonky console outing in the shape of Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, Bethesda picked up the rights to the series in July 2004.

So you might think they'd have something to show for it by now - but think again. Ah well, chances are they've been too busy finishing up PC and Xbox 360 title The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Last we heard it was slated for a February release - so it'll be out by Tuesday latest! Or not.