I honestly can't remember if we already knew a release date for Fallout 3. I had September in my head, but I think I might have been making presumptions. We definitely know now, anyway: it's October 28th in America, and October 31st in Europe YOU BASTARDS. If an entire continent's worth of people manages to pirate the game during those three days, it's your own damn-fool fault, Bethesda.
Which in either case means that I strongly recommend we all stay off the internet for the first week of November. The Angries will be out in force and spraying Angry-Venom everywhere, I've no doubt. Oh, and if you've not been by the official Fallout 3 site lately, you won't know there's a multi-part Penny Arcade comic there and a whole slew of new interviews with the dev team. And now you do. HTH.