Friday, January 30, 2015

Bethesda Allowed To Do Only “One More” Fallout Game

The courts are busy these days. First, you have Activision, Vince Zampella and EA fighting over he-said-she said issues concerning the Call of Duty franchise. And now, Bethesda and Interplay are battling it out over the Fallout IP.

What’s really the terms of the Bethesda vs Interplay deal is shredded in darkness, but here’s the main portion:

Interplay sold the Fallout rights to Bethesda in 2004 for $5.75 million. However a clause in the contract states that Interplay would still be allowed to create a Fallout MMO.

Thing is, Bethesda seems to interpret this portion differently, although, to me, it’s quite clear.

Here’s Interplay president Eric Caen:

“We sold the Fallout IP to Bethesda in exchange for a certain amount of cash and the right to do the Fallout MMO. If they refuse to let us do the game, then the sale of the IP is terminated, and they will be allowed to do only one more Fallout, 5,” he told Eurogamer.

“But in that case, the IP will come back to us, and of course, we will complete our work and release Fallout MMO.

The original licensing deal was for three games and their DLC. So they already did Fallout 3, then Fallout: New Vegas, and they can only do one more Fallout, 5, if the sale of the IP is cancelled by the court.”

According to Caen, Interplay’s been working on a Fallout MMO, one that’s been up and running behind closed doors since “early 2009.”

meanwhile Bethesda VP of PR Pete Hines told VG247 that, in unequivocal terms, Bethesda, not Interplay, owns the rights to develop any Fallout MMO.

We’ll watch this closely.


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  • Ghost250

    i dont know how to feel about this, cause i like the old fallouts that interplay made, but bethesda made even better on a much grand scale. ill take bethesda’s side on this one

  • Ernice Gilbert

    I’d take Bethesda’s side, but the contract clearly states, it seems, that they’d allow Interplay to make a Fallout MMO or the contract’s void.

  • nick

    fudge bethesda!
    once they learn to debug there games than i might listen to them, but till then.
    im sorry, but i dont pay 120 bucks to be able to test a game!

  • Ernice Gilbert

    Interplay will win this.

  • nick

    i hope so, im sick of seeing one of my most favorite series destroyed by a lazy creator!
    elder scrolls oblivion came out and they got mauled because it was so buggy, they release fallout 3 they again get mauled because its so buggy, they release fallout new vegas and again get mauled because its so buggy.
    you think they would learn their lesson?

  • Ernice Gilbert

    Yeah. That’s too darn much.

  • nick

    it would not matter if it was minor bugs like graphical glitches but there not, there always game breaking bugs.
    like the constant freezing, or the every time someone signed into PSN on fallout 3 the game froze.
    or i new vegas the constant walking through walls, falling through floors.
    or even once i had to get the pass to enter the vegas strip, so i did the course for that gang and was told to visit this guy and he would give it to me.
    so i go talk to him and he refused to talk to me, so i got the shits and blew his head off.
    than im walking around searching for things hoping i may find it, and his brother is sitting there minding his own business.
    i could not find it, so i left, than re entered because i wanted to buy some ammo of his brother and as soon as i entered the room he went psycho on my!

  • Ernice Gilbert

    Yeah, New Vegas is one of the most buggy games ever.