Posts Tagged ‘interplay’

Law: Fallout MMO Can Continue To Continue

By Adam Smith on October 27th, 2011.

"This post-apocalyptic frippery shall damage the good name of Baron Bethesda, Sirrah!" "Poppycock, you egg!" &c &c &c

Here’s the story so far. Interplay are developing a Fallout MMO title and Bethesda are attempting to block further development through application of The Law. When their previous injunction failed, Bethesda took things all the way to the United States District Court of Appeals, claiming that the previous court had “misapplied the law”. If it was indeed a misapplication, the very same slip up has occurred once more. Stop misapplying Law, courts, you’re getting it all over the drapes.

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Bethesda Barred From Barring Fallout MMO

By Alec Meer on September 26th, 2011.

I want Interplay to win, but mostly so we can finally get some new screenshots to use

The great and terrible Final Battle between Bethesda and Interplay regarding the latter’s right to create an MMO based on the Fallout licence they part-sold to the former some years ago is still yet to be fought, but the litigation-lovin’ folk at Bethesda have seen a potentially major setback in their efforts to take full control of wasteland adventuring. For a while, the two parties have been locked in snarling battle about whether Interplay are still allowed to make a Fallout MMO, with Bethesda claiming they failed to meet time and budgetary criteria outlined in the original license-selling deal. Interplay have claimed they’ve stuck the agreement, and thus continued with working on said MMO (actually contracting developing Masthead Studios to do it for them). Bethesda tried to stop ‘em, but a US judge has now stopped Bethesda from stopping them. Got that? Read the rest of this entry »

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MDK2 HD Via Beamdog In September

By Jim Rossignol on August 13th, 2011.

What a strange game that was.
Now that is an efficient headline. But just to unpack it a bit: Interplay and Overhaul have remade offbeat 3D action-adventure MDK2 with modernised graphics. They’re going to be releasing it next month for $14.99, and it will only be appearing on Beamdog. Seems like a bit of an odd decision to me, but I suppose the smaller games portals have to find some way to drive traffic to their sites.

We’ll take a fresh look at the game when it comes out. I wonder if it will cling on to the same problems as the original.

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Wastedland: The Axed Fallout Movie

By Alec Meer on March 21st, 2011.

Not in the pitch: this guy. Or indeed any power armour

Times were an awful lot easier for Interplay back in 1998. A string of hit franchises, apparent sovereignty of the new RPG kingdom and, it appears, big, brassy enough cajones to start up a film division. While nothing much ever came of this, we now know that a Fallout movie was in the works, based on the first game. Whatever would it have been like? Let’s find out.
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90 People Working On Fallout Online

By Quintin Smith on October 22nd, 2010.

Anyone remember the recipes at the end of the Fallout 2 manual? Happy days.

The new Edge came sliding through my letterbox today. I was about to cut it up and reassemble it into a huge paper effigy of myself, like I always do, but then something caught my eye. An interview with Interplay’s president, Eric Caen? Ooh. What does he have to say?

Some quite heartening things about Fallout Online, as it turns out.
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More Signs Of (Half) Life From Fallout: Online

By John Walker on July 5th, 2010.

Ah, well that explains it.

There’s more movement from Interplay regarding Fallout: Online, their MMO of the post-apocalyptic series that’s been the subject of so much legal dispute. There’s a press release on Interplay’s site that explains the first newsletter about the game is being sent out to those who signed up to the teaser site that appeared last month.

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More Falling Out? Fallout Online Teaser Site

By Kieron Gillen on June 16th, 2010.

'Wishing You Were Here, You Barbarians' - John Walker

This is getting interesting, at least in the industry-watching way. Despite the last we heard was Bethesda denying that Interplay have been given the okay to progress with the Fallout MMO, a teaser site – including a mailing list and Beta-possibility sign-up – has just launched. The whole site is incredibly slow right now, but it’s all first-person looking at cards before being lobbed on the table, plus retro music. I’d imagine that there’s folks on the internet picking over every element in the image, but I can’t spare the brainpower, as I’m still thinking about urinating to create an improvised flamethrower. And you would be too.

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Fallout Battles Still Ongoing

By Jim Rossignol on April 23rd, 2010.


So says Pete Hines over at the big K. That means rumours about Interplay being okay to proceed were indeed false.

“The bottom line is it’s an ongoing legal matter, it’s in no way, shape or form done,” Hines continued. “We’re going to let the process play out in the courts, which is what we’ve said all along, but beyond that I can’t give specifics as to procedures. That’s not my domain.”

Why can’t those boys just get along?

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Fallout Online Lawsuits Ended?

By Jim Rossignol on April 22nd, 2010.


Duck And Cover reports that Bethesda have dropped their lawsuit against Interplay. (Interplay were suing Bethesda back for something or other, so we can assume that is over too.) Anyway, the long and the short is that Interplay are now able to press ahead with their Fallout MMO, assuming this is true… There’s still a long way to go before “Project V13″ (pictured) becomes a playable Fallout Online, of course, but it’s looking hopeful.

Hard to say whether this is actually good news, of course, not least when Fallen Earth is making already making so much headway on its own ruined future-earth MMO. We’ve got an interview coming up with them, come to think of it. And some other interesting apocalyptic fact-treats in the pipeline. Stay tuned, I’ll go fill my wheelbarrow up with words, straight from the coalface of news.

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No More Than Words: Fallout Extreme

By Kieron Gillen on January 27th, 2010.

It appears the word “EXTREME” is the thread in my linkposts today. ANYWAY! PaweĊ‚ Dembowski dropped us a line, noting that details on another canceled Fallout game have come to light. If the sources are correct, it was only in development for a few months by 14 Degrees East in 2000, and appears to be a Hidden & Dangerous-inspired tactical shooter. As in, four men, free switching between them and all that. Also, aimed for the original XBox, but since it’s only of historical note worth mentioning on this most PC of blogs. There’s some story details here and some mechanic-based stuff in the sidebar here (UPDATE: And some more here). This sort of stuff happens in developers all the time – a couple of months, then killed. I’d love to see a mass list of The Games That Could Have Been from our favourite developers.
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Fallout Online Images?

By Jim Rossignol on November 13th, 2009.


Polish site Polygamia.pl send word that they’ve got their hands on some of the images from vapour-MMO Project V13, which would be Fallout Online, via the court case between Bestheda and Interplay. Probably not even vaguely representative of what said game will come to look like, if it ever comes to be, but worth a look to see what the Interplayians have been up to in their backwoods game shed.

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Fallout Fallingout: Bethesda Sues Interplay

By Kieron Gillen on September 14th, 2009.

This broke on Friday, but RPS were dividing and conquering across the world, requiring Kadayi – cheers! – to bring it to our attention. In short, Gamasutra reports that the coldness between Interplay (Original Fallout IP holders) and Bethesda (Purchaser of the Fallout IP) has crossed into an actual legal suit. However, it isn’t about the MMO situation, as described in the link. It’s to prevent any further distribution of the compilation Fallout Trilogy’s sales via Digital Download companies causing “immediate, substantial, and irreparable harm”. Do read the whole thing, and a little industry thought below…
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Fallout Online Offline?

By Alec Meer on April 16th, 2009.

Confused squinting at legal dispute time! We’ve known for a while that Fallout 1/2 publishers Interplay had clung onto rights for a Fallout MMO as part of their skin-saving deal to flog the Fallout 3 license to Bethesda, and a few months back the reborn publisher had coolly revealed they have one ‘Project V13‘ in the pipeline. Deal done, right? Apparently not. Bethesda may now dispute Interplay’s right to make Fallout Online…
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