Bethesda’s Fallout MMO injunction appeal rejected

Wednesday, 26th October 2011 23:09 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Bethesda’s latest salvo in the legal battle against Interplay’s Fallout MMO has failed to secure the publisher’s position.

Bethesda had filed for a temporary injunction against Interplay, and been denied for failing to show that Interplay’s work constituted “irreparable harm” to Bethesda’s properties.

Joystiq the publisher then turned to the United States Court of Appeals, suggesting the ruling had “misapplied the law”, but failed to secure a new ruling.

Bethesda has reportedly attempted to prove irreparable harm to the Fallout property based on Interplay’s disastrously poor financial footing, which could result in a lacklustre release under the Fallout brand.

As matters stand, Interplay is allowed to continue work on the game, but will not be permitted to launch without Bethesda’s go ahead.



  1. Thalius

    Enough of this pointless bickering… why dont you just band together and work on this potencial HUGE MMO and make us, the fans, happy????

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    Because Bethesda loves to sue everyone for everything, all the time.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. GwynbleiddiuM

    In a few years from now everyone would remember Bethesda not as a great RPG company, but as a company who’s law suits failed after another. Kudos to Bethesda, you really can’t get enough of this public humiliations do you? There’s a lot of pain in Bethesda…

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight


    Seriously? Bathesda had given interplay money to make the MMO and Interplay has failed to make that project and meet their milestone. Bathesda should have sued for their money back and then which would force Interplay to file for bankruptcy because they have no money to their name let alone a company. How Bathesda is doing this litigation is all wrong.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. CloneTro0per

    Seriously Bethesda, why are you worrying about this MMO. Its going to fail, and fail hard. Its called Fallout, but can’t use any of the recognisable Fallout symbols because of their agreement with you.

    Just spend the money on Fallout 4 and forget worrying about Interplay trying to get back into the game with one swing. Its not going to work for them.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. TheWulf

    Like Fallout 3 wasn’t the most lacklustre of the series?

    Geez, talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

    @4 – You might want to do some fact checking. In fact, anyone who reads that and believes it is a fool. You’re simplifying the actual history of the Bethesda-Interplay agreement down to the point where I could say that you’re explaining it with crayons. To say that Beth gave Interplay money what they should sue them back for is entirely incorrect and only seems to have some validity on the surface.

    But yeah, woefully misinformed. This isn’t the first time I’ve picked you up on that, either.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight


    You are right Bathesda didn’t give them money but they did allow Interplay to continue working on the MMO while they had control of the rights.

    #7 3 years ago

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