Fallout MMORPG beta set for 2012, claims Interplay

Publisher announces finalization of deal with Earthrise developer Masthead, says controversy-plagued project will go into open beta in two years.

The ongoing saga of the Fallout massively multiplayer online role-playing game has taken another turn. Late last week, Interplay announced that it has finalized its agreement with Masthead Studios to develop the title, code-named Project V13. Last April, the Irvine, California-based publisher announced it had "signed a binding letter of intent" with the Bulgarian shop, which is also developing the unreleased postapocalyptic RPG Earthrise.

Interplay is planning a massively multiplayer apocalypse for 2012.

In the course of the announcing the new Masthead deal, controversial Interplay CEO Herve Caen revealed when the public will first be able to play Project V13. "This MMOG will have many unique features that we will disclose before launch of the public beta in 2012," declared the executive in a statement.

The announcement comes in the midst of a legal battle between Interplay and Bethesda Softworks, developer and publisher of Fallout 3. The dispute stems from a disagreement about the deal, which saw Bethesda purchase the Fallout IP for $5.75 million in 2007 and then license the Fallout MMORPG rights back to Interplay.

The license agreement had a stipulation that Interplay had to start full-time development within two years or the Fallout MMORPG rights would revert to Bethesda. Two years later, Bethesda terminated the deal, citing Interplay's lack of progress on Project V13. In a lawsuit filed in September, Bethesda accused Interplay of not having enough money to move forward with the game.

The following month, Interplay accused Bethesda of acting in bad faith in a countersuit. It quickly released the first concept art for Project V13, claiming that work on the game was proceeding apace. In December, a judge agreed, denying Bethesda's request for an injunction that would have halted all work on Interplay's MMORPG.

However, even with a legal green light, Project V13 faces many obstacles on the road to release--foremost of which is Interplay's shaky financial state. In its last financial report, the company reported a loss of $1.052 million on $854,000 of income for the nine months ending September 30, 2009, thanks mostly to $1.48 million in "general and administrative" costs. During that same period, the company reported it had only spent $195,000 on product development.

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ancalimonungol
ancalimonungol

I just hope Interplay, unlike Bethesda can make a new Fallout for adults, not children. Very ironic.

dbe425
dbe425

Well said Warghost2k But I wonder if Bethesda could and would take up the project if it dies with Interplay? I like the idea of possibly playing a vault dweller, BOS, Outcast, Mutant, Regulator, etc. There's a ton of potential. But you're right VATS (which is major part of the game) wouldn't work in real time.

Warghost2k
Warghost2k

As much as I love the Fallout franchise, this game needs to be killed. Interplay ruined their chance to bring another Fallout game to the masses and allowed Fallout to lay dormant for years. Then, Bethesda comes out with a great game and makes millions and now Interplay wants to cash in on that success by releasing their own Fallout game. The problem with this scenario is that Interplay cannot pour enough money into this project to make a worthy Fallout MMO. This game will have to compete against Star Wars: The Old Republic, as well as WoW, which will be even bigger by that time and have an even larger customer base than they do now. The only way Fallout could compete is if they make an amazing game, and I doubt they can do it. Also, Interplay's MMO will have their own combat systems, weapons, characters, and storyline. The Fallout "universe" will probably become too convoluted since there will surely be another Fallout single-player game released around the same time. It will be disappointing having two Fallout games out at the same time that look nothing alike and have very little in common. Fallout has always worked great as a single-player game and that is about to be ruined. You can't even have VATS in a real-time environment.

BigWorld41
BigWorld41

I think it is funny how a game about a nuclear apocalypse is scheduled to come out in the year that is foretold to be the end of the world. I take the same stance on both issues. I will believe it when I see it.

DrizztDoUrden16
DrizztDoUrden16

LMAO Torque... I would really hope they wouldnt have everyone be vault dwellers for obvious plot hole reasons... but i guess if everyone were just kinda waste folk, BoS ,gangsters etc it could kinda work... i agree that interplay boned itself in the first place selling off the IP, they should really just get over it and die, even though they were great at one time... sux when people are retarded.

peetowser
peetowser

the company reported a loss of $1.052 million on $854,000 of income for the nine months ending September 30, 2009 All that for a couple of Fallout MMORPG pics... Not holding my breath...

Torque203
Torque203

i wonder what the first experience of game play will be like. let me predict. your exciting the vault for what ever reason, a very important mission non the less. your sent out all alone. you take your first few steps out the vault blinded by the sun for the first few seconds when you can finally see, a bunch of people are leaving the vault as well on the same mission and completely oblivious to you. then when you get to town there are all these people screaming out"lets duel, lets duel." that's when you realize you just got suckered, hope there's no early termination fee

24k_Solid_Gold
24k_Solid_Gold

" thanks mostly to $1.48 million in "general and administrative" costs." ...how big is their company?... @made_u_look Amen (to your second post).

made_u_look
made_u_look

PS if anyone revolutionizes the MMO I'll put my money on Bioware.

made_u_look
made_u_look

This is going to be a major failure, stop making MMO's and start making good games like Mass Effect 1&2 and Fallout 3, Uncharted 2. These MMO's are just empty shells for quick money. I played WoW for 2 years and in all honesty I regret it now waste of time and money.

Barighm
Barighm

And yes I noticed the error in my post below but for some reason the Edit button isn't working for me atm.

Barighm
Barighm

Interplay should hand the MMO over to Bethesda on principle alone. They know they can't really do it, but instead of being honourable they had to secure the rights to an MMO that may work simply because it's a shooter MMO in a big world. But we all know what's gonna happen. Even in the super tiny off-chance they do complete the game, they will make it just like WoW because whoever is pulling the strings at Interplay is obviously a moron and morons love to do what the other successful is doing because they think that strategy is a guaranteed success just because.

OgreB
OgreB

Ughhh.... So much for a decent Fallout MMO... Looks like New Vegas is the last Fallout game for me...

rann89
rann89

Yeah lolol, that's what I meant. Crap.

Driscoal
Driscoal

@rann89 Ten million dollars? Try ten million players. Each of them paying 15 dollars. Ergo, 150 million dollars a month. At least.

rann89
rann89

@Mossaike Blizzard makes over ten million dollars a month from subscription fees alone. Who wouldn't want some of that if they could? Hell, if you can get one million a month from fees for a game, you're already profiting big.

Servius
Servius

Wow, when your general/administrative costs are almost 8x your development costs, you have a major problem.

LordRaymond
LordRaymond

Hm lets see how Interplay can actually do this. MMO will probably ruin the series like WOW crap.

Raventhorn
Raventhorn

Wow they really show art to a judge and he believes it is development work? This smells of vapor ware from Interplay. Interplay had their chance with the license to Fallout and left it to die. Bethesda raised it from the dead with their work so I am suprised they even left Interplay to make the MMO. Are there any of the original makers of the IP at the company anymore?

zbiggie
zbiggie

I really hope they are allowed to actually build this game, would be nice if they got the rights to the fallout franchise back, I guess i'm allowed to dream

Mossaike
Mossaike

Sounds awesome but what is with everything going MMO these days?...

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

I'm sorry, but its not gonna happen. Theres not even trailers or any gameplay. Concept art? yeahno. nice try.

Triton
Triton

I'll hold my breath....not.

alixkid
alixkid

@ 2bitSmOkEy. I'll Rag on BioWare, for being in Bed with EA!! =P

atopp399
atopp399

I will believe it when I see it. A fallout type MMO seems like it could be a good idea. It would not really compete directly with fantasy based MMO games which means it could draw people in who maybe wouldn't normally play a fantasy based MMO.

One thing to look out for though is what Blizzard's next MMO will be. They have stated it will not compete with WoW and will not be Starcarft so I am really curious to see what they have planned. Whatever it is could really put a damper on what any other company hopes to do in the MMO world.

koolr
koolr

2012 is doomsday

Coordin
Coordin

Oh for the love of god another MMO?

kejigoto
kejigoto

@ 2bitSmOkEy Because they aren't doing anything with this at all. 3 years and 3 freaking generic concept art pictures? That isn't even trying. I suck at drawing and I could do more in 3 months.... Also they sold off the license to Bethesda, so they are no longer in control of things. This whole "Oh its coming... in 2 years" thing just isn't flying. They aren't producing anything really and they did sign a contract to have things underway. If my boss gave me a task to do and I went over the dead line then told him I'd have something 2 years from now, I wouldn't have a job. They are loosing money and this obviously isn't going to happen. Also like it was pointed out, all the talent left years ago for other companies and they are just riding on games that they made back in 90's. I'm sorry but I think it is time to let someone else take over the project who can actually produce something in a timely manner and not take 3 years to do a handful of concept art pictures and then promise us something 2 years from now.... According to Wiki they have several upcoming games with nothing officially announced and nothing shown on any of them and the last time they released something was years and years ago. The company is dying and is barely hanging on, I think its time to put the old dog down and all of us move on. Also we don't rag on Bioware because they continue to produce some amazing games in a timely manner. We are on the second Mass Effect game, not too long ago Dragon Age came out, they also had the Sonic RPG in there, Star Wars: Old Republic is coming along nicely, and I think they have something else in the works. Same with Bethesda, they keep putting out content and its great stuff. I'm not downplaying the work that Interplay has done before, but they haven't really done anything since....

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

@Asheilion: WoW certainly didn't "ruin" the Warcraft legacy or plot/lore. If you're referring to the fact that we will probably not see another normal Warcraft game for a decade or so, then you're correct.

DragonMage2k4
DragonMage2k4

"But I am sure they know what they are doing. Interplay started it all." "And why does everyone trash talk Interplay. They are responsible for some of the greatest games ever made wtf is wrong with you all." Unfortunately, the people responsible for those great games are no longer with Interplay. All of the true talent that Interplay had have gone on to Obsidian, InXile, Sony Santa Monica, and Blizzard.

falcOWNS
falcOWNS

anyone else sees the irony in releasing this game in 2012?

Wolf-5
Wolf-5

I love the Fallout games... I hope this one doesn't disapoint. I just hope that having lots of players doesn't kill the loney solitude feel the game gives sometimes when roming the wastlands with othe people. But I am sure they know what they are doing. Interplay started it all.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Fallout just won't work as an MMORPG. Much of Fallout's impact comes from the atmosphere; you're more-or-less alone in the wasteland, and when you're not alone, there's a 95% chance that the creature you encounter wants you dead. The setting, the music, the writing... all VERY carefully balanced to set the tone. This tone will be completely shattered when the 'wasteland' has 700,000 people in it, most of them with names like NoobPwner and ilikeboobs. You never know; maybe the game has a fresh design that stays true to the source. Not likely, though. This industry is littered with MMORPG titles and they're all pretty identical.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

Can't wait for it to come out!!!

darkhart7
darkhart7

Interplay will need a hit between now and 2012 to fund this puppy. Gonna have to stay afloat for 2 years, at least, on something!

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Normally I would say its a mistake to announce something like this when the beta is so far away, but this company had to let everyone know that this game is actually in the works lol. \ And why does everyone trash talk Interplay. They are responsible for some of the greatest games ever made wtf is wrong with you all. They simply came before their time, that is all. The much beloved Bioware never gets ragged on so why should these people? Dare I saw they had far more talent in their prime than Bethesda has ever had? \ PS: Fallout 3 was still awesome.

Asheileon
Asheileon

I can't say I agree with this decision, MMORPG's always destroy the original game series.

firehawk998
firehawk998

Another fine decision made by Interplay. Congrats.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

Fallout 3 was mediocre anyways. Im so tired of everyone trying to be the next WoW. LET IT BE!!

thesaxmaniac
thesaxmaniac

We're working on the game, we swear! Here's some sweet concept art my five year old made in Photoshop to prove it!!

sircyrus
sircyrus

Well damn. They finally make a Fallout apocalypse MMO, but they wont release it until 2012 when the world will end. Irony!

kejigoto
kejigoto

I'm sorry but they've had how many years and all we've seen is concept art? Then they say we'll get our hands on it for the beta in 2012? I'm sorry but I find that hard to believe considering it took them over 2 years to come up with 4 concept art pictures... Interplay you had your chance and did a whole lot of nothing, just give up already and move onto something else. Chances are if there was something to be had here Bethesda wouldn't be wasting it's time in court trying to get the rights to the game themselves. Personally I don't think this will end well for Interplay but all we can do is wait and see. Guess we have the next 3D Realms on our hands though.

Taegre
Taegre

Also is anybody else bugged by how generic this concept art is? I don't see any actual landmarks, characters, weapons or enemies that look like they will be in the final game. It's all just muddy scenic shots that could have been ripped from this month's issue of Heavy Metal magazine.

Taegre
Taegre

Interplay is aiming too high and failing to realize they literally need to start over as a game company. If they must make a Fallout MMO, try a free browser-based one using the Fallout engine of the old games, using Quake Live's business model. Rebuild their fanbase and get enough funds to launch a new, but still relatively small, retail product, and work their way up. Instead, whoever is the brains at Interplay right now seems to have completely forgotten that the company already went out of business once.

TrueIori
TrueIori

oh come on man WTF enough with the MMO, it not like we need any more.

TheProfileth
TheProfileth

This is gonna come out, interplay did Fallout 2 in less than a year they can pull this off, all you gotta do is believe!