After a few years of legal strife, developers Bethesda (The Elder Scrolls series, Fallout 3, and publisher of recent iD Software titles) and Interplay (Fallout 1&2, Descent 1,2&3, MDK 1&2, among others). As can be seen between the example games of each studio, Fallout is in both, as the rights exchanged hands a few years back, but Interplay was stillwanting to make an MMORPG for the Fallout series. With Bethesda the owner of the rights, though, there was a legal battle. Fallout Online has been in limbo since, with a teaser site you can go to and even register for the Beta when it comes. So back to today, we have a new post from an admin on the Fallout fan site Duck and Cover that explains the settlement:</span>
“Today, DAC has confirmation that a settlement has, in fact, taken place. It actually took place the day of the trial – and had I been able to get online and sort through the documents I would have reported as much. We do not yet have the details of the settlement – they will be announced this month (January 2012) – but we can report that on the day of trial, the atmosphere in the court room was tense until the judge recessed. This recess was extended, and then they recessed for lunch. After the lunch recess, the court room was locked to everyone except attorneys and clients. When our source asked why this was the case, our source was told it was because they were working out a settlement. The following day, another source called the court reporter to ask what the next hearing schedule for the case was – this source was told there was no schedule as a settlement had been reached.”
So what does this mean? Well, details haven’t been officially made public so we’ll have to see what the fate of this game will be because I for one love Fallout and would play a Fallout MMORPG for sure! We’ll report when more details come up about the settlement.