GOG.com Forced To Remove Fallout 1, 2, & Tactics (UPDATED)
UPDATE (9:30 AM PST 1/3/14): These titles were also removed from Steam on Jan. 1. However, Bethesda confirmed on Twitter today that they will return to Valve’s service soon.
We’re working to return classic @Fallout games (1, 2, Tactics) to Steam and will provide an update when they’re ready to go.
— Bethesda Softworks (@Bethblog) January 2, 2014
As to whether those games will ever make it back to GoG, Bethesda had only this to say:
@Pablo_GTL we’ll have a look at other options once we handle Steam.
— Bethesda Softworks (@Bethblog) January 3, 2014
We’ll keep an eye on the situation, and update you if we hear any more news.
GOG.com (or Good Old Games, for the OG’s in the crowd), is no longer selling Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel. A news post on the site details the move, saying the games were removed from the DRM-free catalog this morning.
Citing “circumstances beyond our control,” GOG.com took the games down at 7:59AM PT this morning. Those circumstances? Interplay, the publisher of all three titles back in the 90′s, no longer controls the rights to Fallout 1, 2, and Tactics. Those rights expired today, December 31st, 2013. The rights are now wholly owned by ZeniMax, the parent company of Fallout 3 developer Bethesda Softworks and Bethesda Game Studios.
If you own any or all of the three classic Fallout titles via the GOG.com library, you will be able to access them on the site, and download the game files ad nauseam. If you dragged your feet on purchasing three of the greatest PC games ever made…well, that’s your own fault, isn’t it? But all three titles are still available on Steam, where each is currently on sale for $2.49, or you can buy all three together for $4.99. I’m not 100 percent sure as to why the Fallout titles are still on Steam and not on GOG.com, but my best guess is that ZeniMax has controlled the Steam SKUs since they were introduced to the service in 2009.
ZeniMax now owns the rights to Fallout 1, 2, and Tactics outright, so the ball is seemingly in their court now. With that in mind, I wouldn’t expect to see the classic Fallout titles on GOG.com again anytime soon, simply because ZeniMax doesn’t have any other games on there.
We have reached out to Bethesda for comment, and we’ll update if anything new comes in.
The GOG.com post, in its entirety (emphasis added):
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we needed to pull the three classic Fallout games, that is Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics, from sale and remove them from our DRM-free catalog. These classic titles have been with us since day one, that is for over 5 years now, and they were always one of the highlights of the selection of games that we offer. There are very few titles in the history of computer role-playing games, that have had so much impact on the gaming landscape, players’ expectations, and even the popular culture. The iconic setting, the memorable quotes, and unparalleled amount of fun and challenge these games provide–it’s all burned in the memory of a whole generation of gamers. Probably even more than just one generation. It was an honor to have you here, Fallout. Take good care of yourself out there, try not to mistake a gecko for G.E.C.K. (not even remotely the same thing!), and remember to take your Rad-X pills!
All those who acquired Fallout, Fallout 2, or Fallout Tactics on GOG.com prior to the date of removal (that is before Tuesday, December 31st 2013, at 3:59PM GMT), will still be able to download the games’ install files (as well as the bonus content) via the “My Games” section of their user accounts. Gift-codes for these three games acquired in our recent giveaway are no longer valid. However, if you own a gift-code for any or all of them that was purchased outside of the said giveaway, you’ll still be able to redeem it in the foreseeable future.
We sincerely apologize for all the inconvenience this situation may have caused you. We invite you to browse through 671 other fantastic titles offered in our DRM-free catalog of the best games in history, and we wish you a Happy New Year of gaming!