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Work on Fallout MMO can continue for now; Bethesda injunction appeal denied

There's been so much written about Interplay's nebulous Fallout MMO in the context of tedious litigation, it almost seems to welcome the franchise's thorough, irradiated reduction of modern society. But for those interested in legal tussles, here's where we stand today: Fallout property owner (and former licensee) Bethesda was recently denied a preliminary injunction against Interplay, which would have denied Fallout Online use of the franchise's story, character and other identifiable elements. Today, an appeal against that decision was denied.

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NYC_Gamer2461d ago

why should they allow interplay to create some mmo?the fallout license was sold to bethesda...

ZombieAssassin2460d ago (Edited 2460d ago )

There was a clause in the agreement that allowed them to still make it but it had to be under certain conditions and Bethesda would get 12% of sales and subscriptions.

"In April 2007, Bethesda Softworks, the developer of Fallout 3, purchased full rights to the Fallout IP for $5.75 million USD. While Bethesda now owned the rights to the Fallout MMO IP as well, clauses in the purchase agreement state allowed Interplay to license the rights to the development of the MMO.[4] Specific requirements were stated in the agreement that if not met, Interplay would immediately lose and surrender its license rights for Fallout. "

"Development must have begun within 24 months of the date of the agreement (April 4, 2007), and Interplay must have secured $30 million within that time frame or forfeit its rights to license. Interplay would furthermore need to launch the MMOG within 4 years of the beginning of development, and pay Bethesda 12 percent of sales and subscription fees for the use of the IP. "

I think the main reason Bethesda is going after them is because they made Fallout a pretty well known franchise and opened ZeniMax Online Studios, so now they prolly wanna make a Fallout MMO...I believe they even stated that if Interplay fails to finish the game in time or lose this lawsuit they are interested in making a Fallout MMO.

I honestly don't care who does it I just want it, although I'm not sure how it'll work if they use the VATS system for an online game. 4 years though isn't a lot of time to develop an MMO especially when you don't have a crapton of money at your disposal.

zeal0us2461d ago

Interplay already down under, they need to just sell what rights they have left to Bethesda and work on a new project.

MAJ0R2460d ago

wow first they lost the lawsuit to notch and now Interplay, Bethesda is getting hammered from all sides

brish2460d ago

Bethesda filed both lawsuits. Bethesda lost both lawsuits.

Why do you think Bethesda is the victim here when they are the ones doing all the suing?

MAJ0R2460d ago

I don't think they are the victim, they deserve what they brought upon themselves. I was just pointing out that their getting destroyed legally :P

mixelon2460d ago

I'd hate to be at interplay working with this sort of uncertainty. MMO development is a hard enough time in the best of conditions but working on one under the shadow of impending cancellation before its even had any chance to prove itself must be depressing.

The whole case is ridiculous really. Why the hell did Interplay say they'd allow it in the first place? Seriously bizarre.