What may be overshadowed by the Modern Warfare legal battle between Activision and EA, the Bethesda Vs Interplay still goes on with harsh results.
"We own the rights to everything Fallout. The license is ours. Fallout belongs to us. That's what I'll clarify." Is exactly what Pete Hines, Bethesda VP of PR has said about the entire matter of this legal battle. Although to Interplay he is only a stubborn child declaring to the world he owns only a word.
Interplay have went on record to declare that Bethesda have only bought the title Fallout and not the universe and its inhabitants for a sum of $1, 175, 000. "We sold the Fallout IP to Bethesda in exchange for a certain amount of cash and the right to do the Fallout MMO," says Interplay president Eric Caen."If they refuse to let us do the game, then the sale of the IP is terminated, and they will be allowed to do only one more Fallout, 5.
"But in that case, the IP will come back to us, and of course, we will complete our work and release Fallout MMO."
Of course by Fallout 5 he means the next Fallout from the publisher Bethesda. Fallout: New Vegas still being considered as the fourth game. "The original licensing deal was for three games and their DLC," Caen goes on. "So they already did Fallout 3, then Fallout: New Vegas, and they can only do one more Fallout, 5, if the sale of the IP is cancelled by the court.
"We have confidence in justice, and we should win this case," Caen said. "But the decision isn't in our hands."
Of course Bethesda reply with calling these accusation "absurd" and didn't elaborate. Bethesda apparently have strong argument to say that all Fallout IP is owned by them but haven't expanded publicly on their case which is getting a lot of fans nervous about this case. It is going back and forth but lets face it, we do not want Fallout back at Interplay. If your coming in your pants at this news like the folks at No Mutants Allowed then I can plainly say, go fuck yourself! I am a Fallout fan, but not of the old games, I understand that those where ground breaking for its time of the RPG genre but they suck now. Nobody wants to play a game with mechanics from 11 years ago. But if Fallout goes to Interplay then I highly doubt they would go back to the original Fallout considering that Fallout now is in its hight of success. I just wanted to clarify to all those gamers who wanted it to go back to original Fallout.
Gaming is about going forward, not backwards.