Bethesda have recovered the rights for a Fallout MMO game from the American videogame developer Interplay, it has been reviled today. As usual, read on to find out more.
A lawsuit for the cancelation of a Fallout MMO licence was put forward by Bethesda in 2009. Today, it has been announced that the two companies (Bethesda and Interplay). Bethesda had maintained that Interplay had failed to meet various conditions before it could obtain the licence. The lawsuit arose after the purchase of all Fallout intellectual property rights from interplay in April 2007. Interplay was allowed to commence making a Fallout MMO, as long as they secured $30million in financing for the project and started development by April 2009.
In a separate, but related event, Bethesda also filed a copyright infringement against the propertied developer of the Fallout MMO, Masthead Studios. Under the aforementioned licence between Bethesda and Interplay, interplay was not allowed to hire in any support with development. This lawsuit with Masthead was settled with no payments made by either company on 29th December 2011.
The settlement removed the licence from Interplay, immediately transferring all the rights to Bethesda, the original creator of the much heralded Fallout series. A sum of $2million was also played as consideration to Interplay, with both companies footing their own costs of the litigation. They will, however, still be able to sell the Fallout Tactics game along with Fallout 1 and 2 until December 2013.
While we don’t know if a Fallout MMO is actually in production, the next fall out title that we will see is likely to be a re-release of Fallout New Vegas entitled the Ultimate Edition; packed with DLC and the first game, this should be on shelves in the early part of 2012.