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Interplay on the rocks, Fallout Online in jeopardy

Tuesday, 31st May 2011 00:43 GMT By Brenna Hillier

A financial statement has reportedly revealed original Fallout publisher Interplay is in deep, deep trouble, with a number of projects including Fallout Online on very shaky ground.

Develop turned up a SEC filing for the company in which it warns of “substantial doubts over [Interplay's] ability to continue as a going concern”.

Interplay was more than two months over its deadline to file a financial report, and investors are likely appalled to learn the company is down to a cash balance of just $3,000. Worse, there are bills to be paid.

“We currently have some obligations that we are unable to meet without generating additional income or raising additional capital,” the statement advised.

“If we cannot generate additional income or raise additional capital in the near future, we may become insolvent or be made bankrupt or may become illiquid or worthless.”

Without any credit at its disposal, the company may have to be sold off to avoid bankruptcy. The publisher has taken steps to reduce costs, by ceasing up-front payments to developers in favour of revenue-sharing – but this means games which haven’t been fully paid for could be cancelled.

Masthead Studios’ Fallout Online, due next year, joins ClayFighter, Stonekeep, Descent, and Earthworm Jim 4 on the edge of being shelved.

Interplay isn’t optimistic about its chances, flatly stating it doesn’t believe an acceptable course can be found. Although open to sale, merger, offering stock to public sale, and flogging off assets, the company’s debts are so staggering as to suggest even these measures won’t cut it.

Interplay is said to owe around $410,000 in tax, as well as interest and fines for late payment. It also notes a further $93,000 in debt to other official bodies. The company posted a net loss of $1 million in 2010, just six years after grimly clawing back from bankruptcy.

Interplay has been involved in a long-running legal battle with Bethesda over the rights to Fallout, which it contends were not signed over completely.

Thanks, GamePolitics.

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6 Comments

  1. Phoenixblight

    Who didn’t see this coming?

    Interplay hasn’t put out a game since the 90′s. I am honestly surprised they stayed afloat this long.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. AbracadaverAK

    Does this mean they can stop the frankly embarrassing show they’ve been putting on regarding Fallout Online?

    “We’ve done loads of work”
    “Show us then”
    “No, that would play right into your hands”
    “Umm, what?”
    “Look, here’s some concept art. See? It’s nearly done.”

    #2 4 years ago
  3. DSB

    Sad but true.

    It’s a bit like when your favourite band reforms, but does so sounding like shit.

    The world needs more crazy RPGs like the original Fallouts though. Not that you’d ever get that in a shoestring-budget MMO.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Bloodyghost

    Bethesda is going to finish this MMO. I saw it right when Interplay gave Bethesda a portion of the rights.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    Hahah They can barely put out a polished single player game and you not only think they handle a MMO but also put out a function one too? ……..Right. Who is delusional?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. TheWulf

    As someone who’s been following Fallout Online, I hope it doesn’t just disappear, as what they had revealed about it (which is more than some might like you to think) was fairly promising.

    And it was based on a reboot of the previous Fallout games, rather than the atrocity it’s been since Bethesda made Fallout 3.

    @Phoenixblight

    Since when have MMOs ever been without bugs anyway?

    #6 4 years ago

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