Bethesda turned down chance to buy rights to Fallout MMO, says Interplay

Friday, 22nd October 2010 10:40 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Interplay president Eric Caen has revealed Bethesda had previously turned down the rights to develop a Fallout MMO before the release of Fallout 3.

“Hervé [Caen] started negotiations with Bethesda to sell Fallout to them,” Eric told Edge.

“My brother said: ‘If you want the full IP, the value of it is $50 million.’ They said: ‘No way. Why $50 million?’ We said: ‘Because the MMOG strength of this universe is huge.’ Bethesda said: ‘We don’t want that. Let’s buy everything else but the MMOG. Do the MMOG.’

“They said that Interplay had to start development and by a certain time we had to have a full game in development.”

Caen says after realising the success of Fallout 3 in 2008, Bethesda wanted to reclaim a part of the project.

“They bought everything, but left Interplay with the licence to do the MMOG – under certain conditions, thinking that Interplay would never fulfil these conditions. But Interplay did,” he said.

“Spring 2009 – this is public information – Bethesda sends a termination letter to Interplay, saying: ‘You did not fulfil your obligation.’ So all the litigation is about that. I think Bethesda, off the back of Fallout 3’s success, realised that Hervé was probably right about the value. They said: ‘OK, how can we get that without paying?’”

Bethesda bought the rights to the Fallout IP from Interplay for $5,75 million in 2007, but conditionally let the latter create a Fallout-based MMO.

Since then, the two have gone to court over the matter.

Interplay has continued to develop the title, codenamed Project V13, with a beta due to kick off in 2012.



  1. Sunshyme

    As long as World of Warcraft is dominating, MMO’s are almost certainly doomed. Hands off the MMO market or you’re screwed like Realtime Worlds.

    Fallout has a great MMO potential though, wandering through a vast wasteland with factions. But New Vegas is already suffering from an aging engine, so they should better invest in great tech for a next ‘normal’ Fallout or Elder Scrolls.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Moonwalker1982

    I certainly hope their next game is a new Elder Scrolls, and simply being a single player RPG at that too, no MMO.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Dralen

    The only MMO I see actually being successful other than WoW is the new Star Wars: The Old Republic game. I also hope Bethesda’s next game is The Elder Scrolls V.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. tontsa91

    I agree commercial Fallout MMORPG would have a great potential.

    #4 4 years ago

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