Fallout Online launching in 2012 - Report

Interplay president announces release date for upcoming massively multiplayer online title; project currently has 90 staffers, beta planned.

During the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Interplay launched a teaser website for its upcoming Fallout-themed massively multiplayer online title, Fallout Online. Since then, the developer has been utterly silent on the project. Now, the company’s president has shared some new information.

Interplay president Eric Caen told British gaming magazine Edge Magazine that despite the legal tussle surrounding the title, Fallout Online will be released, in beta form, in the first half of 2012. He followed that up by stating that the title will be released commercially during the second half of that year.

To date, the developer has yet to release a single screenshot or video from the game. That said, Caen offered fans a hearty bit of information on the direction the game will take.

Fallout Online is still a ways off.

"Fallout 3 was a little bit too serious--that's definitely not where we're going. Our Fallout MMOG will be extremely funny," Caen said. "An MMOG must be a lot deeper than a stand-alone game. It's not a shooting game we're making. You can shoot, but it's a very small portion of the game. The game itself is about reconstructing the world."

Fallout Online has been the subject 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 massively multiplayer online role-playing game 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 attempted to terminate the deal, citing Interplay's lack of progress on the project. 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 Fallout Online, 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.

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WIGASInDaHouse
WIGASInDaHouse

if they are gonna make fallout online please make it for more consoles like the xbox. they should also do a better job of getting all the gliches out. if they make online it should be like dead island 4 player coop and they drop in and out whenever they want. im prettz sure alot of people would like that. i know i would

Darcek
Darcek

After bethaseda crushed the dignity of the all classic Fallout games(one and two) by creating an Oblivion with guns, this game is definitely my hope of reviving the game and its lost glory(Fallout 1 and 2 still the best games i ever played), if Interplay creates a game like it did in the past it will be heaven and id be a lifetime subscription fan.(If Interplay was wise they would check out Fallen Earth,an excellent post apocalyptic mmo currently online and doing a great job,combining that with the Interplay fallout game would be a total blockbuster in my eyes) Lets hope the years haven't ruined Interplay and they continue on surprising us and creating gems like they did before.

Proorizo
Proorizo

You ever heard of ritual magic? A game based on the elites grand wet dream of a total rebirth. Now millions will be joing the mass ritual.

NeoTemplar
NeoTemplar

"Fallout 3 was a little bit too serious--that's definitely not where we're going. Our Fallout MMOG will be extremely funny. An MMOG must be a lot deeper than a stand-alone game. It's not a shooting game we're making. You can shoot, but it's a very small portion of the game. The game itself is about reconstructing the world." Can someone explain to me what this dude is saying?? Or better yet what kind of weed he is smoking?

mergulho456
mergulho456

Releasing a game related to the end of the world, in the year of the end of the world... Ironic xD

Arranik
Arranik

making fallout into a online game sounds like a bad idea...

RJWidowMaker
RJWidowMaker

@ jamesh-42 In my earlier posts, the case linked wasn't just about the fallout mmo. In fact their has only been one agreement. When interplay sold the license rights they agreed to break none of the rules stated on the agreement. Their wasn't a separate agreement just for the mmo, rather everything was done in one sale. Bethesda didn't even start the lawsuit over the mmo to begin with, they first gave Interplay a few warnings, and even tried to contact them with no success. The "final straw" if you will, was when Interplay sold the sub licensing rights to be able to meet the dead line. But since they broke the rules to be able to meet the dead line, they never legally met the dead line. In summary Interplay agreed in the original that they would break none of the rules, and the agreement states that if they did that ALL (that means MMO and 1&2 as well) of the licenses would then belong to Bethesda. You say I am just repeating myself and in a form, yes, I am. But only because I have presented proof and yet you seem not to see it. I posted the links to the suit files and as well the License agreement. IT'S ALL THERE. http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Bethesda_v._Interplay http://www.scribd.com/doc/21993516/Bethesda-Softworks-LLC-v-Interplay-Entertainment-Corporation-Complaint http://yahoo.brand.edgar-online.com/displayfilinginfo.aspx?FilingID=6543575-1076-225118&type=sect&dcn=0001170918-09-000147 http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=13515

jamesh-42
jamesh-42

@RJWidowMaker: You're just repeating what you said before without giving any further evidence. I agree that if Interplay do not meet their obligations under the Fallout MMO agreement, they will lose their rights stemming from that agreement and not be able to make/sell Fallout Online. But Interplay's rights to the original Fallout games do not come from that agreement. If you are going to argue the opposite, please provide some proof.

RJWidowMaker
RJWidowMaker

@Jamesh-42 I appriciate someone taking the time to look a little further. And you are correct about most of what you have said. On the other hand, while you are correct about Bethesda never having the rights to the older games, the terms state that if any of the rules are broken that Bethesda WILL get EVERYTHING that is Fallout. That includes the previous fallout games. Mind you I might not agree with that part, but in the end, it is what is written in the terms.

jamesh-42
jamesh-42

@RJWidowMaker: the lawsuit is about the licensing rights to create an MMO. If Interplay violated the contract terms, it would certainly be liable to lose the rights to make Fallout Online. As for the older games, Interplay still holds the copyrights, as they were never transferred to Bethesda. A judge is hardly going to order such a transfer against Interplay's will. The only control Bethesda has over the old games is advertising approval. While Bethesda is probably within its rights to block the use of the "Fallout Trilogy" name, they will have a harder time blocking the sale of the games under their original names: Interplay could argue that they had an expectation to still be able to sell the games they retained copyright on.

LordRaymond
LordRaymond

Lol even if this game actually comes out I bet it will flop.

rebel181
rebel181

Ha il iked how pissy Interplay sounded "Fallout 3 was a bit too serious" Are these people children? Thats like when your a kid and you always do the opposite of what you want to prove a point... Get in a bad mood, "Do you want an Icecream?" "NO I DON'T WANT AN ICECREAM THEIR YUCK!"...... Interplay... take the icecream

RJWidowMaker
RJWidowMaker

@Kitanishi Bethesda IS NOT out of the 'stirring wheel'. Get you'r facts straight please. Interplay has no right to make this game. In fact they have a good chance of loosing any rights to anything that has to do with Fallout (including 1&2) in December 2010. That's when the next court date is scheduled. Interplay has broken the core terms in the License contract several times. The contract states that when these rules are broken, that Bethesda would then own all of anything that has anything to do with Fallout. The article above just leaves out so much information that it makes it look like Bethesda is at fault. I urge you to read the following: http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Bethesda_v._Interplay http://www.scribd.com/doc/21993516/Bethesda-Softworks-LLC-v-Interplay-Entertainment-Corporation-Complaint http://yahoo.brand.edgar-online.com/displayfilinginfo.aspx?FilingID=6543575-1076-225118&type=sect&dcn=0001170918-09-000147 http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=13515

drswank
drswank

@Kitanishi But I agree with your statement about FO 1 and 2 having the dark humor that FO3 was missing. I welcome it!

drswank
drswank

@Kitanishi Borderlands was awesome, whatchyou talkin' about?

lithus
lithus

@Kitanishi: There is a "humorous side" to fallout, A small side. I'll give you that, but "Extreme" humor...um no. It's a dead world with nothing but death and misery, if there's humor to be found in Fallout, it's merely in the form of spared comic relief. That's not the main feeling of the game. A good example of extreme would be Duke Nukem, but not Fallout. And I have to agree with you on Boarderlands. Even the Co-op was bland and repetitive.

RJWidowMaker
RJWidowMaker

@ Kitanishi Does noone read most of the comments before posting? The article above leaves out allot of info. Interplay most likely wont get to make the game because they broke too many of the contracts rules with bethesda. And Bethesda wouldnt touch a Fallout mmo. Now take five minutes to read http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Bethesda_v._Interplay After reading this you will realize that Interplay is just Butthurt that Bethesda turned their game from a moderate sleeper hit to a HUGE mainstream hit.

P8rt
P8rt

@Jaga_Telesin Holy Grail MMO?Maybe not.But a "Marching up and down the square" MMO with a monthly sub. fee would be hilarious.

Kitanishi
Kitanishi

@lithus No,but thats exactly what you should think when playing Fallout franchise. Oh and borderlands sucked not because of humor. It failed because it was extremely bland and empty game where the only interesting thing you could do was co-op with other people to do all the other bland things in the game.

lithus
lithus

Yeah, cause "extremely funny" is what I think when playing a post-apocolyptic game like Fallout. There's a reason why Boarderlands sucked.

Kitanishi
Kitanishi

I read people getting angry about the "more funny" line and I sigh... Did no one play the actual fallout games. I mean Fallout 1 and 2? If you just played "Fallout" 3, then you know nothing on what Fallout is. Fallout is not a horror. Its not a survival horror. Its not drama. Its a black comedy. Entire basis of FL1 and FL2 was to parody the fear of nuclear fallout that reigned in the world during 40's-60's. It had a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor, it had a lot of nabs at real world politics, social problems and cult references. Fallout 3 had none of that. Fallout 3 was a grim-dark post-apocalyptic shooter(not rpg) with some generic dark-humor moments. It was nowhere near what Fallout franchise embodies. For one, that line about "funnier fallout" reassures me. It reassures me that Interplay won't do the same mistakes Bethesda did with the world. It reassures me that Fallout MMO might be more like the REAL fallout than the generic grimdark shooter that was FO3... Seriously, there's just so many things piling up in both political, social and culture orbits, that can be parodied in fallout mmo and I just can't wait to see/play that. Glad Bethesda is gone from the stirring wheel.

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

@Malcolm McDowell Man, you've just described everything an MMO is in 10 lines, good work; "An MMOG must be a lot deeper than a stand-alone game." Yeah, I agree it must; but unfortunately, it NEVER happened; if Interplay will be the first to make this stunt, it's good to know it will be with a Fallout game. @gabmed No, no, thumbs up to you; it's nice to see there is still old days players in the world, who knows the roots of good nowadays games, like Fallout 3; there is indeed a lot of fledglings playing ONLY F3 and thinking that knows everything about PC gaming RPG. Now I'm remembering something relevant: it's not a company that make a good work; is its staff. What about the REAL people who created the Fallout universe? I know some of them founded the now broken Troika Games; some of them are working at Obsidian, who developed Fallout New Vegas (maybe the best of them because of that); Jason D. Anderson "joined Interplay Entertainment to work on an unannounced MMORPG" (surely it is PV13); Interplay created the first Fallout games, but not everybody from that time is working on its new MMO. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troika_Games

danielkennedy91
danielkennedy91

"Fallout 3 was a little bit too serious--that's definitely not where we're going. Our Fallout MMOG will be extremely funny" oh dear, that is a bad sign there. i don't want to play a comedy post-end of the world game. it'll be rubbish end of

ZoeyClarke
ZoeyClarke

Also, I want to see an mmo where you don't grind levels. I like gear, but I'm sick of filling xp bars.

ZoeyClarke
ZoeyClarke

@ AbusedMajesty - The bigger the project, the more chance of oversight. But really, if you're picking at bugs and glitches, then you are totally overlooking the massive orchestra that is Fallout.

FedCom
FedCom

I like how he says that an MMOG has to be deeper, I agree...and yet none of them really have, all the EQ/WoW clones are just grind-fests. Not sure how that's deep.

AbusedMajesty
AbusedMajesty

judging by all the bugs and glitches from the Fallout series, this may not be a good idea

ericcollindtp
ericcollindtp

I dont know, but it sounds the same old stuff we went through in fallout 3. 3 was great, but i don't see much future for this franchise. I honestly think a sequel for this game wont do much.

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

an mmo in this setting could succeed momentously if they can get off the wow clone trip. The MMO ideas that keep getting crapped out are truly horrific when you think about just how cool of games they 'could' be making. Just for an example, all they would ahve to do is make a crafting and political/territory system like Eve Online, but make gameplay that doesnt completely suck and include anti blobbing weapons and give penelties to factions that get too large to regulate battle sizes to manageable lag levels and give more players access to the better resources in the game at the same time (this would also make pvp more accessible all around) between different factions) . Change the leveling system to just about anything but what ccp used, and almost any mmo would succeed greatly. Fallout has a great history to pull from already, but they'll most likely just make another crappy or rushed wow clone like everyone else that blows their big chance at the throne. EDIT: altho dear god, i hope it 'is' a shooting game and not spells or favoring prehistoric melee weapons. Just dont make an fps, companies cant seem to learn that giving more and more hp's as levels progress in fpsmmo games mean line combat for pvp and a game that more resembles the wow they are trying to get away from.

AKAL-Moumen
AKAL-Moumen

interplay did an awesome job on fallout 2 it had much more freedom than the first or 3rd (the 3rd was epic too) but to have the ability to do work be and achieve what you want and all of this effecting what's around was great you google the game and you'll get it now as much as i respect them i don't want a fallout themed clay-fighter (in it's humor) period do some humor ok but the game should be about what it's the consciousness of nuclear war not a comedy about mushroom clouds I hope they change their direction soon or they will lose their respect in this business on the other hand this might just be the next duke nukuem coz every texas based developer has to leave a mark LOL

RaddaRaddaRadda
RaddaRaddaRadda

Nevermind the fact that this game will NEVER see the light of day -- if they think they can throw together some slapstick post-nuclear game with a Fallout label slapped on it, and that it will actually sell, they're absolutely high. As has been said, Interplay is sore that Bethesda did what they couldn't, and they want to mooch off the success. Jackasses.

stevo367
stevo367

Playing an "extremely funny" game isn't what i would choose in a Fallout world. While i love my humor intermingled with a dose of action and RPG elements i really can't picture what they are describing as fun. I guess i'll have to see how it develops before making any real judgements but here's hoping this doesn't end up a big pile of dog crap.

Jaga_Telesin
Jaga_Telesin

"Our Fallout MMOG will be extremely funny" I don't get why people can't come to terms with the massive difference between "extremely funny", and what the first two Fallout games had which was "dark humor". To me extremely funny sounds more like Whoopi Goldberg or Jeff Dunham. Actual comedy with very little serious content, from a comedian or even a group like Monty Python. While a Python-esque style might pull it off, the level of silly humor would *seriously* detract from the Fallout universe. Can you imagine a Quest for the Holy Grail MMO? Me either. Dark Humor, sure.. toss it in all you want. But "extremely funny" is not the same thing at all, and I think they are shooting WAY off the mark on this for a MMOG. Not to mention, I do think they are a bit envious of how well Fallout 3's serious demeanor was pulled off, and they are trying to criticize that and steer the series in a new direction. Unfortunately, that direction doesn't seem to be the right one.

MasonChaos
MasonChaos

IMO A successful MMO has to be fantasy. Guns throw off the enjoyment of an MMO because everyone is doing the same thing... shooting guns. In a fantasy MMO you have options like spells, healing, swords, spears and bows... just to name a few. That is why games like WoW and Everquest are/were the top MMOs of all time.

RJWidowMaker
RJWidowMaker

@BlueFalcon NO if YOU understood anything about the paragraph above you would know that Bethesda is NOT publishing it, and in fact interplay BREACHED their contract with Bethesda. Interplay is butthurt that Bethesda turned their game into a winner. If you think this is fanboy speech, you're wrong. I hated Elder Scrolls but loved Fallout 3. I hate it when people go back on their word, and that's what interplay has done. If you don't believe me then look it up on the fallout wiki. I read the actual Lawsuit documents online... Caen is trying to make it look like Bethesda is in the wrong. BETHESDA doesn't want to touch a fallout mmo with a ten foot pole because they know it will fail. That's why they have a final court date in Dec. in which interplay will most likely be loosing the entire Fallout series IP. Seriously take 20min on the fallout wiki.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I don't play MMO's, never played one before so my response to all this is.....well Pfft Why does every developer think that all the money is in MMO's? it's not, they are a niche market that only a small group of people play, the real money is in RPG's they shouldn't be gambling so hard on borrowed time like this because everything indicates they will fail and that means chapter 11, there is the of chance they succeed but the game would have to be something massively unique. The game would have to have polish on everything, have no bugs, be fun and engaging and sport a world that sucks you in from the start, no bad storytelling and all of these things are possible but in one game it rarely ever happens.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Not an expert on MMO's so bear with me.... Are they going to do an MMO that has a great storyline that doesn't involve me having to have 20 people I don't know or care about to be good? Most of the people that told me to pick up F3 were fans of the first two, and a few of them changed their minds after it came out. Did I like it? Yes, but that doesn't mean crap. I'm figuring that it will probably be a PC game, and I'm hoping that it isn't Interplay's last gamble at making money off of a property they once owned. I would hate for the game to come out and remind us of FFXIV......

clockwork_boy
clockwork_boy

And on the same day a patch will be launched to correct all the bugs...

gabmed
gabmed

Holy ship, are you all fudging kidding me? Fallout was ALWAYS a black humor series; Those of you that has only played the third are just fudging retarded: You gotta play the first two (Which are technically FREE and require no computer power or space to be played) to understand that the series is all about a mock of the 50's fear of nuclear annihilation. Hence the 50-60's music on every Fallout, hence the ads, the billboards. Bethesda was the one that decided to make it serious (Although significantly less serious than Oblivion). Sure, Fallout 3 was a blast, and was the best Fallout, but seeing the series come back to their root is nothing short of nostalgic, and a great way for teens like you guys to know how a great game was made back in the 90s: With good humour, a little blood and pixelated engines. Go ahead, thumb this comment down. You know I'm right, specially the hardcore crowd on the back row. *waves*

Keasar
Keasar

This MMO will be nothing more then Interplay trying to make a quick buck off the fallout name. We all know it has no chance.

anti-altair16
anti-altair16

@hooch0423 Actuallyyyy! Splash Damage is making Brink, Bethesda is publishing it.

R3NeGaDeAnGeL
R3NeGaDeAnGeL

An MMO released by Interplay and not Bethesda that is less serious, "extremely funny" and contains little shooting...sounds like a winner.

Afbb1
Afbb1

I may be wrong here, but @ I777I, I do believe Obsidian developed Vegas if you are referring to the technical/general quality issues that you speak off.

l777l
l777l

Pfft, Betheda. At least Interplay's game can't possibly have as much technical and general quality issues. - P.S.: "If you understood what was in the paragraphs above, Interplay is developing the game...which means Bethesda is PUBLISHING it." Uh-huh. Where does it say that Bethesda is going to publish Interplay's MMO?