January 9, 2012
Well, it appears as though Outcome 1 is what transpired with the settlement between Bethesda and Interplay. The Fallout MMO that Interplay announced five years ago will no longer be in development, which is bad for them, but good for my social life. Bethesda, who developed Fallout 3 after Interplay sold them the rights, said “license granted to Interplay to develop the Fallout MMO is null and void, and all rights granted to Interplay to develop a Fallout MMO revert back to Bethesda, effective immediately.” Inteply will at least be getting $2 million from ZeniMax, Bethesda’s parent company, as a sort of compensation.
Furthermore, Interplay will lose their rights to sell Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics in December of 2013. That will also be the date that they lose the rights to any merchandising associated with the franchise. As for Masthead Studios, who was being subcontracted by Interplay to work on the Fallout MMO, they will also lose any rights to the IP and no payments were made in that lawsuit.
Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax, had this to say about the lawsuit:
“While we strongly believe in the merits of our suits, we are pleased to avoid the distraction and expense of litigation while completely resolving all claims to the Fallout IP. Fallout is an important property of ZeniMax and we are now able to develop future Fallout titles for our fans without third party involvement or the overhang of others’ legal claims.”
So, does that mean a Fallout 4 is coming in the near future (like December of 2013) or even a possible Fallout MMO from Bethesda or other related ZeniMax companies? Who am I kidding? At the very least a Fallout 4 is coming. Why? Studios like to make money.