Fallout Online MMO – Interplay vs. Bethesda

We previously reported that Fallout Online was accepting beta testers , but it is still not clear if Interplay will be allowed to publish the MMO. More after the break.

Fallout Online MMORPG

Fallout came booming back into the market with Fallout 3 and Fallout 3: New Vegas, but what a lot of us didn’t expect was to see a Fallout MMORPG. Thats right! Fallout has a website set up ready for beta testers to sign up, upon signing up you begin receiving these e-mails from “MR. Handy” in the form of a journal as a pre-teaser to the Fallout 3 MMO, albeit how ever scarce these emails are never fear if it takes a long time until the next update, I’ve been signed up for several months and have only gotten three, and currently there are four “Volumes.” The emails are decorated so that you feel like you are looking at a pip boy reading a note, and you can also visit the site and read it from there.

Fallout Online

Interplay has been having some issues here and there with Bethesda, saying that their failing to develop the Fallout MMO at a quick enough pace, among various other things. To this their response was a few leaked screenshots to their MMORPG.

This image, specifically, is said to be obtained by an “anonymous but reliable source”. Seemingly screenshots from “Project V13”, or the Fallout MMO. The Fallout MMO has been in place for some time now, and finally Bethesda has stepped into a large set of shoes.

They own Fallout. That’s right, they have stepped up to claim all rights to Fallout without even blinking an eye at Interplay, their Vice President of PR, Pete Hines, had told VG247 that the company, Bethesda, currently owns all the rights to the Fallout MMO. This game was developed by Interplay for 2012, and Interplay has commented in the past that Bethesda has passed on this MMO when they purchased the Fallout way back in 2008. And yes, this is where the lawsuit came from.

“We own the rights to everything Fallout. The licence is ours. Fallout belongs to us,” commented Hines when he was asked about Interplay’s claims to still owning the MMO rights, and Interplay’s very own Eric Caen had a few choice words about it.

“When we sold the IP, it was clear that the MMO could be developed by Interplay. Then we received a unilateral termination letter. Since that, we are only asking either to continue the development, either to get this contract canceled as the consideration would not have been received in full. “

Caen also says the licensing agreement was to allow Bethesda to take over Fallout was viable for about three games and DLC on each game. Meaning Fallout 3, New Vegas already being done that just leaves Fallout 5 (is anyone else jumping in their shoes hoping this will happen?).

The courts will be deciding exactly what happens, but if they find that the contract for the IP is broken by Bethesda in anyway then the sale gets canceled and Interplay will own Fallout for the sixth game and any further installments.

Published: Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 Last Modified: March 29, 2011

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