Bethesda Throws Fallout 3 Midnight Launch Parties

Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company, has announced that in response to huge demand for it's award-winning game, Fallout 3, more than 2,000 stores across the country will open tonight. Starting at midnight, customers can pickup pre-orders and buy the game at retailers nationwide. The retail chain, Best Buy, plans to have special midnight events at stores in the Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Dallas and Chicago metropolitan areas.

"Fallout 3 has been a labor of love for the team at Bethesda and we can't wait to get the game into the hands of consumers," said Todd Howard, Game Director at Bethesda Game Studios for Fallout 3. "We're looking forward to celebrating the launch of Fallout 3 with the fans."

Members of the development team at Bethesda Game Studios will appear at the Best Buy store in Rockville, Md., near the studio's offices, to meet with fans. Special festivities will include game kiosks, giveaways, contests, and a live radio broadcast from the event with DC 101 FM. Game director Todd Howard will be on-hand along with other key members of the development team to sign copies of the game and chat with fellow gamers.

Fallout 3 will be available on store shelves and online in North America on October 28, in Europe and Australia on October 30 and in the UK on October 31. Developed at Bethesda Game Studios – creators of the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – Fallout 3 is slated for release on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows.

Fallout 3 features one of the most realized game worlds ever created. Set more than 200 years following a nuclear war, you can create any kind of character you want and explore the open wastes of Washington, D.C. however you choose. Every minute is a fight for survival as you encounter Super Mutants, Ghouls, Raiders, and other dangers of the Wasteland.

Hailed as one of the most anticipated games for 2008, Fallout 3 has already won numerous awards including Best of Show from the official Game Critics Awards at E3 2008 and a perfect 10 out of 10 review score from Official Xbox Magazine.

Fallout 3 has been rated Mature by the ESRB. For more information on Fallout 3, visit, and

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