Fallout Online

Bethesda-Interplay settlement official, Bethesda gains full Fallout MMO rights

Nathan Grayson at

The bombs have dropped, the dust has settled, and Fallout Online, sadly, is no more. After an ugly legal scuffle that lasted nearly two years, Bethesda and Interplay have cased trading blows and started trading cash. More specifically, $2 million - for which Bethesda receives all Fallout MMO-related rights, according to VG247. Interplay, meanwhile, can continue to peddle its own post-apocalyptic wares in the form of Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics - but only until December 2013.

For the time being, Bethesda's merely happy to be "able to develop future Fallout titles for our fans without third party involvement or the overhang of others’ legal claims," but could a Bethesda-born attempt at some irradiated online action be headed our way? At this point, it's a toss up. But given Skyrim's all-consuming success with an allegedly draconian single-player-only approach, I'm not counting on it.

Fallout MMO court battle allegedly reaches settlement, details coming this month

Nathan Grayson at

All's fair in love and war. Fortunately, however, no one had to break out the apocalyptic nuke salvos this time around, as Bethesda and original Fallout owner Interplay have finally reached a settlement in their tooth-and-nail struggle over Fallout Online.

After Bethesda whipped out the legal equivalent of a Rock-It Launcher and fired off everything from a (failed) development-halting injunction to a claim that Interplay could use Fallout's name and nothing else, Duck and Cover claims that the two have declared a cease fire. The site cites a "source" that took part in the hearings and claims that we'll learn of Fallout Online's fate later this month. Fingers crossed for good news, but given Interplay's recent agonized-wail-inducing financial woes, I wouldn't count on it.

Fallout MMO legal wrangles fall in favour of Interplay - for now

Henry Winchester at

Interplay’s Fallout MMO has scored another small victory against Bethesda, who are trying to stop the post-apocalyptic multiplayer title getting off the ground, according to CVG.

Bethesda wanted a preliminary injunction against the MMO, which would stop Interplay’s continuing development of the title. However, the United States Court of Appeals has denied the move.

Register now for the Fallout Online beta

Jaz McDougall at

Fallout Online may not have released any trailers, screens, or even concept art, but they are taking registrations for the beta. Interplay have said that "interested players who sign up are on the fast-track for beta-testing", and will also receive some sort of  newsletter with "tales from the wastelands". There's even an intro video where a hand looks at some polaroids, or something. Mysterious indeed.