The new "Fallout 3" downloadable content was thorough in London this week, so Multiplayer put up a trans-Atlantic phone call to resolve some vital things.

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You deserve to check out around the next "Fallout 3" downloadable expansion, "Broken Steel" in previews roughly Internet today, yet you may have some lingering concerns. I did. So I obtained on the phone through Bethesda"s vice president of marketing, Pete Hines, for some trans-Atlantic clarifications around his company"s new add-on.

Via phone from London, Hines educated me on the following topics:

You have to complete the game to accessibility many of "Broken Steel": Unprefer previous "Fallout" DLC expansions "The Pitt" and also "Operation Anchorage," "Broken Steel" is expected to largely be proficient after the minute when "Fallout 3" initially concluded. A player might access the missions from the initially 2 DLC offerings activated as quickly as their character was exterior the game"s opening area, the initially Vault. "Broken Steel" keeps its searches from you till you"ve reached that original endallude.

But you can enjoy the elevated level cap well before finishing the game: There is positive news for those "Fallout 3" players prefer me that maxed out the game"s level cap at 20 lengthy before downloading and install "Operation Anchorage" and also "The Pitt." Players like us have actually waited to play any of the new DLC until we can use whatever experience points we could get in them to flourish into the new "Broken Steel" level 30 cap. Our patience will be rewarded. Even though the major occasions of "Broken Steel" don"t kick in till you"ve passed that original finishing minute of the game, the increasing of the level cap kicks in as soon as a player starts a "Broken Steel"-supplemented "Fallout 3." No matter exactly how much amethod the player could be from the game"s original finishing, they deserve to start taking advantage of the increased cap. They"ll likewise check out some other changes prior to reaching the events of "Broken Steel." Hines said that "Broken Steel""s brand-new opponents will certainly begin showing up as quickly as the player is at level 18, and also that brand-new perks and weapons will be available too, before the post-ending "Broken Steel" content is accessed.

You"d ideal hang on to an autosave: Due to the fact that "Broken Steel" re-writes the ending to "Fallout 3," players who do not want to start their "Fallout 3" game from scratch will certainly desire to access a save file close to the finish of the game and also play from tright here. Hines recommfinished that players take benefit of a save file they might not known around, one that anyone that has finimelted the game have to still have actually -- unless they are weird around how they regulate conserve papers. Anyone who has currently finished "Fallout 3," Hines said, have to discover that their last autosave file puts them minutes prior to the game"s original ending, deep right into what was the game"s final mission. Picking up from there will certainly allow players to play the new non-ending and also go past.

Old quests won"t vanish: The "Broken Steel" DLC may lug the player"s character to a timeframe 2 weeks past the game"s original finishing. And it might readjust the look of some of the game"s vital areas. But it will not, Hines told me, block any of the game"s searches. None is time-sensitive. Any searches that a player can have actually accessed before "Broken Steel" will still be easily accessible during the events of "Broken Steel."

That"s all I could think of, and also Hines was calling me lengthy distance. So I wrapped up our chat. Hope that helps.

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"Broken Steel" will be available to downfill for COMPUTER and also Xbox 360 "Fallout 3" owners on May 5 for 800 Microsoft Points.