I would of loved to see Fallout come back to it's roots and get a top down view for this new title.
It's not by Bethesda.
It's by Obsidian.
And PC Gamer had a big thing on it and it was all in 3rd person, so the rumors of the removal of the 1st person perspective were apparently correct.
And you are incorrect on the 1st person being removed because the article is written by people who where invited to test the game at Bethesda and they said that the game starts in 1st and gives you the 3rd person choice. You can get all the info on this in the combat section of this link Link.
What you guys don't seems to understand is that New Vegas is exactly the same game as Fallout 3 which could have been an expansion instead of a stand alone.
Here are some screens that have been released Link