Report – Bethesda and Interplay reach settlement in Fallout Online suit

Tuesday, 3rd January 2012 22:52 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The protracted legal wrangling over Fallout Online may have come to an end.

Over the holiday break, the Fallout Wikia posted details of allegedly leaked documents pertaining to the case. Despite scanty evidence, the leak triggered speculation that the case was drawing to a close.

Now the generally reliable Duck and Cover claims to have confirmation that Bethesda and Interplay have reached a settlement at last, citing comments from court officials. No details have been released as to the game’s future, but a formal announcement is expected this month.

The protracted and complicated suit was initiated by Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas publisher Bethesda in 2009, and claimed a copyright infringement when Interplay – the original franchise rights holders – began developing Fallout Online. Bethesda sought multiple injunctions against Interplay, and the latter claimed undue financial hardship, backed up by dire quarterly reports.

During the course of the suit, shots were fired over Bethesda’s fears that Interplay’s efforts would damage the Fallout brand; Bethesda raised and then dropped questions about past Fallout games; Bethesda claimed it hadn’t licensed any recognisable assets from the Fallout universe and brand; and Interplay called the whole shebang “absurd“.

Bethesda is rumoured to have its own Fallout MMO in the works, but has repeatedly denied the claims, and apparently turned down a chance to buy the rights.

Before the legal storm broke, Fallout Online was expected in 2012. Visit the game’s website to register for the beta.

Thanks, Gamasutra.



  1. Talkar

    I still hope there won’t come any Fallout MMO. It would just destroy the whole meaning of Fallout to see hundreds of other people running around you. No matter how solid the gameplay is, Fallout 3 already tried to destroy the history of Fallout, i really don’t want to see anymore from that universe getting smashed on, be it by Interplay or Bethesda.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    Yup, what’s needed is a developer with balls. Going on what I’ve heard about Bethesda, they don’t really grasp what it’s about, and rumor has it that people inside Obsidian had to struggle to make it a little edgy and crazy as well. I don’t think it’s a very good fit for Bethesdas engines to begin with. It becomes the shooty shooty bang bang game, to TES’s hacky hacky boom boom.

    There was obviously a lot of action in the Fallouts compared to a lot of other games, but there was also a lot of great little stories that didn’t always require a gun. And the combat was tactical, if glitchy and easily exploited etc.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Edo

    Good…expecting Fallout 4 to be announced at this year’s VGA awards!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. IL DUCE

    Yeah…its 2012 so I’m not worried about what a game from the 90s originated as…Fallout 3 was dope…New Vegas was dope…and Fallout 4 will be dope as well…looking forward to it on the new engine whenever its revealed and released

    Some people need to get off their high horse…games will never be what they used to be, and even if you have such fond memories of how good they were back then it is likely an exaggerated snobbish belief…just be glad it has any depth at all compared to other games these days

    #4 3 years ago

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