Those of you dreaming of spending more hours in the pleasant environs of Fallout’s post apocalyptic world may just have had a reason to get excited about the new year. Although by no means a certainty, a recent announcement that Interplay and Bethesda have settled their lawsuit means that a Fallout MMO comes one step closer to becoming a reality.
First, a history lesson. Back in 2007; before Fallout 3, iPads and Justin Beiber, Interplay sold the rights to the Fallout name and universe to Bethesda. It seems that one of the conditions of the sale however was that Interplay, who were behind the classic Fallout titles, would retain the rights to produce an MMO set in the Fallout world.
Shortly after this point, relations between the two companies turned sour as Bethesda made claims that Interplay had not kept to their side of the bargain. Legal negotiations stalled the MMO project, and Interplay’s financial situation didn’t help.
Fast forward to today, and although details surrounding the settlement are currently only known to corporate lawyers earning approximately 1000% more than us, at least the two companies seem to have put their differences behind them.
Whether this resolution will indeed lead to a new Fallout game is currently only speculation, but that Skyrim engine is sitting there doing nothing at the moment…