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.