Bethesda: We Own Fallout MMO

Bethesda isn’t mincing words anymore: it doesn’t care what Interplay or anybody else says, it owns Fallout and everything made of Fallout and everything that even looks like Fallout. Okay, not that last thing — got a little carried away.

Bethesda’s vice president of PR, Pete Hines, told VG247 that Bethesda owns the rights to the Fallout MMO game. You know — the game that Interplay is developing for 2012, the one Interplay says Bethesda passed on when it bought the Fallout IP in 2008. The one Bethesda started a lawsuit over.

“We own the rights to everything Fallout. The licence is ours. Fallout belongs to us,” Hines said when asked about Interplay’s comments about it still owning the MMO rights.

Interplay’s Eric Caen responded to VG247 and Hines’ comments with this:

When we sold the IP, it was clear that the MMO could be developed by Interplay. Then we received a unilateral termination letter. Since that, we are only asking either to continue the development, either to get this contract cancelled as the consideration would not have been received in full.

Caen said the licensing agreement for Bethesda to take over Fallout was good for three games and DLC for each. With Fallout 3 and New Vegas in the can, that leaves just Fallout 5, whatever that might be. Caen also said that the whole deal was contingent on Interplay getting to do the Fallout MMO. Without that, according to Interplay, the whole deal is off and the IP reverts to them. Obviously, Bethesda doesn’t share that view.

But if the court finds that the contract for the sale of the IP is broken by Bethesda taking the Fallout MMO, the sale gets cancelled and Interplay gets Fallout back for a sixth game and any further installments. Caen said Interplay is excited about that possibility, but obviously, it’s all up to the courts.

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10 Comments on Bethesda: We Own Fallout MMO


On January 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

Hands off Interplays baby. They were the ones that made Fallout good. Not Bethesda. No more Oblivion with guns. They suck.


On January 23, 2011 at 1:18 pm

If the contracts for the ip where not written on beer mats then all the ing is for nothing, regardless of who did what for the game. Did they just lose the paper work? In that case nobody owns the game…

Phil Hornshaw

On January 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm

They still have the contracts. Issue is, Bethesda claims Interplay broke contract already, which voids their call on the MMO, . It comes down to each company’s word — hence the lawsuit.

The Vault Dweller

On February 4, 2011 at 7:37 pm

It sucks that the original developers have to fight for the right to continue the game that they created … but, thats Capitalism for you. I hope they can continue the MMO and take back all rights from Bethesda


On February 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Bethesda is going to ruin Fallout MMO and I’d wish Interplay would have won the lawsuit case… Go yourself Bethesda!!!


On March 13, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I would hate to see Interplay get the rights back. Look, I have played all the Fallout games for over 150 hours each and I can tell you that Bethesda did make Fallout good. I would much rather play Fallout 3 and New Vegas than go on my PC to play Fallout 1 and 2. Yeah I liked the old Fallout games but the new ones absolutely blow my mind. Fallout 3(the best one) and New Vegas are much better games than Fallout 1 and 2. The only reason that some fanboys are hiding behind the old Fallout games is that they are afraid to admit that Bethesda actually made something amazing out of a once decent franchise.Fallout 3 was voted 2008 game of the year and one of the best games of this decade. I think that Bethesda should continue to make the Fallout games and Interplay should just accept that they should move on. They are ashamed that they couldn’t make Fallout good but Bethesda can.


On March 13, 2011 at 9:32 pm

What Bethesda is doing is right.I felt more in a apocalyptic world in the Bethesda Fallout’s than the Interplay ones. NO, you go yourself Interplay and just accept that you lost. Loved your idea and your games in the past but Bethesda butt-ed you. They know how to make a game that people want to play.


On March 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm

LOL interplay couldnt make a fallout mmo even if they did have the rights. No way they have the quality of game development or money to compete with wow or swtor when that launches. If you really want this game to launch and be worth playing, hope that bethesda wins this case because if they dont interplay is gonna have the rights to something they will screw up or never finish, interplay is outdated, its time for them to stop trying to play with the big boys and back down. Do you really want to see the franchise revert back to the 90′s quality of graphics? look at the fallout online website, game betas supposed to open next year? looks like its years away from launch if you ask me.


On May 15, 2011 at 3:01 am

I think fallout 3 lost the absolute harshness of the wasteland that was in fallout 1 and 2. I mean come on, little lamplight? As if they hadn’t all been raped/killed. Anyways New Vegas got the harshness back, (especially awesome with hardcore mode), but I think it would be good if they could make it even harsher than that (like in the book, the road). Maybe they couldn’t in new vegas because of censorship. oh well. Us folks in Australia really need an R18+ rating for games, rather than a crappy MA15+ where they censor blood in some games. What a joke.


On June 11, 2011 at 5:01 am

“Start taking your meds as prescribed, I think you may have missed a dose”