Posted by Chris Scott Barr on Mar 1, 2012

Bethesda Reacquires Fallout MMO Rights

A Fallout MMO is one of those things that fans had almost given up on. Mostly due to the fact that the license for such a game has been fought over in court for years. However, today it looks as though there has been some resolution in the ongoing legal battle.

Bethesda bought the rights for a Fallout MMO from Interplay way back in 2007, and then turned around and offered to license it back to Interplay. The only stipulation was that they had until 2009 to raise $30 million in funding, which Interplay was unable to do. However, despite the fact that they failed to meet that requirement, they refused to hand the license back over to Bethesda.

Today ZeniMax (parent company of Bethesda) has agreed to pay Interplay a sum of $2 million, in return for the rights to the MMO. This now places all rights to the Fallout franchise in the hands of ZeniMax, allowing them to move forward unhindered by other companies. What we don’t know is if Bethesda will actually produce the MMO that has been fought over for so long.


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