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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.

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  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