First Fallout MMORPG art surfaces

To boost arguments in Bethesda lawsuit, Interplay releases concept shots for its Masthead-developed postnuclear role-playing game.

Sporting the latest in irradiated fashions…

One week after it countersued Bethesda Softworks over the Fallout massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Interplay has fired another shot over its former ally's bow. To bolster its contention that it is actively working on an MMORPG set in the postnuclear role-playing game's universe, the company released the first concept art for the game, code-named Project V13.

Project V13 lead system designer Chris Taylor*, an original Fallout developer who was rehired in September 2008, posted four concept art paintings on the official Interplay forums (registration required)."Keep in mind that this is concept art. It's not finalized art, but it will give you a feel for what we are aiming for with V13," cautioned Taylor.

Cacti are well suited to the apres-apocalypse.

The four shots show that Interplay and Earthrise developer Masthead, which is codeveloping Project V13, are departing somewhat from the original Fallout's aesthetic. The "Survivor" image shows a surprisingly well-groomed wasteland wanderer sporting three weapons--two energy pistols in his hands and a shotgun of sorts on his back. The other three shots show various parts of the apres-apocalyptic landscape, including a desert, a factory, and an airplane junkyard.

This flight is still delayed?

The release of the Project V13 shots is the latest chapter in the increasingly ugly legal battle between Bethesda and Interplay. In September, the Fallout 3 developer-publisher filed suit against the formerly major publisher that released the first Fallout games in the late 1990s.

The suit stemmed from a 2007 deal that saw Bethesda buy the Fallout IP outright and then license the rights to make a Fallout-branded MMORPG back to Interplay. Bethesda claims Interplay violated that deal by deceptively selling the original Fallout games as the "Fallout Trilogy" and misleading customers that it contained Fallout 3.

12,126 days without a civilization-ending nuclear accident.

Bethesda also accused Interplay of not raising the MMORPG funding required by the contract. After announcing its intention to terminate the MMORPG deal in April, Bethesda pointed to a June 30 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that revealed that Interplay only had $2.54 million in debt and only $16,000 in cash assets. That figure was far short of the $30 million required by the agreement.

In its countersuit, Interplay accused Bethesda of 10 counts of breach of contract, including violating the terms of the trademark licensing agreement (TLA) and asset purchase agreement (APA) entered into in 2007. It is seeking to retain limited licensing rights for Fallout, including those for a planned pen-and-paper RPG, or to have the 2007 agreement nullified and have the entire Fallout IP return to Interplay.

*Not to be confused with Gas Powered Games' Chris Taylor.

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ciorlandenis
ciorlandenis

my heart is filled with warmth everytime I see the name Interplay...........

CloudStrife97
CloudStrife97

@darkness501 Well if they do it all open world than yes it might seem like that, but most likely it will be instanced based so you will never see more than 100 plus people in 1 spot. But if it is open world it wont be bad, open world MMOs are so big that you will hardly see another player except in towns or popular mission spots.

darkness501
darkness501

i have something to say dont get me wrong but it really isent a nuclear wastland when you see someone else every 5 seconds or see 15 people in a shop im not saying it will be bad but it defeats the perpose of it being a nuclear WASTLAND (SO REMEMBER I LIKE ALL THE FALLOUT GAMES BUT STILL IT WONT FEEL RIGHT)

MistressZero
MistressZero

Just the knowledge that this game is in development remains the best reason I've ever had to play online...

Clutch_Cascade
Clutch_Cascade

I wonder exactly how this will work. I can see different factions such as vault dwellers, raiders, and super mutants; to name a few, but how would this fit into the Fallout Universe? I am fairly new to MMO's seeing how KOTOR will be my first when it comes out. Will this installment be non-canon? Or will this take place directly after the war to further explain how things came to be. Either way, I want this so bad.

Gsai64
Gsai64

A fallout MMO, sure why not.

stan_boyd
stan_boyd

I have to disagree with hadephobic especially on his view on character builds, he says that the best and only really good way to play is with pistols and sneak skills. Well I hate sneaking around so I used mostly rifles and heavy weapons like the mini gun and I found it worked great and I didn't sneak around hardly at all. I found having computer skills was handy but not necessary and the only skill i found was an absolute necessity was medicine since I had to heal quite abit since the supposed easiness you had was not a deal for me, maybe you should have turned the difficulty up in your settings.

jeremiahx99
jeremiahx99

i have to agree with hadephobiac almost everything in fallout 3 that has to do with first person shooter is pretty bad except i disagree with it being impossible to die first off u have to either buy or find stimpacks or food if u want to heal and buying them is pretty expensive also they have weight so u cant go around carrying 100 of them some people might still see that as unbalanced and if so u can always download a mod that makes them passive so each one heals over like 15 seconds rather than instantly great now my comment is really long anyway just wanted to say that lol

hadephobiac
hadephobiac

Im going to give objective reasons why I support the original fallout and interplay as opposed to bethesda. Hopefully opening your eyes to the game's flaws, as opposed to defending the game with something good about it try to address these problems yourself directly. Analysis of fallout 3: -Fallout 3 is an average/poor first person shooter. Movement is choppy, aim is unrealistic, combat and AI is uninteresting and predictable, damage is unrealistic, dying is impossible due to ability to pause and heal, added HP + damage from increased difficulty is poor / lazy design. -Fallout 3 is incredibly fun. The visual presentation of the game is beyond excellent, the game enviroment is massive and expansive, huge number of weall designed areas to visit, excellent combat visuals.

hadephobiac
hadephobiac

-Fallout 3 is a poor RPG game All stat modifiers / elements were unbalanced, improperly planned, the roleplaying aspect of fallout 3 is the same as that of a JRPG. Western RPGs do not penalise players for not picking the "best" route of player development as there is no single best build, unlike in fallout 3 where small guns, lockpicking sneak > Energy weapons big guns explosives is indisputably the best route. Further more, Good RPGs allows every single player to have unique, different characters they created to call their own. Whereas in fallout 3, All characters will have the same maxed skills and same perks (Asuming they play optimally). This is not the case in any other RPG where characters with different stats are equally as good as eachother. As an RPG, the dialogue is pathetic, the voice acting is done by the same few cast of people. Dialogue options are bland, unrepresntitive and do not give life to your PC. Extreme lack of characters you can interact with, as well as suffering from non existent player development (aside from level ups and growing up quest). Other points: Invible NPCs destroy the game's charm. Linearity: Quests proceed the same, only difference being reward / decisions, this is due to a poor design flaw where the developers are afraid of content being missed by the players. (Another implication from bethesda, although painfully true that most gamers today are simple)

-Six-Shooter-
-Six-Shooter-

Bethesda did a great job on Fallout 3 and the DLC's, whilst not creating a multiplayer function, i say; bethesda has proven/earned their rights to make a sequel if you look at the selling-stats of F3... BTW: you can go BLAH-ting about how good F1 and F2 where/are, but the perspective of the past is not helping to create new and innovative gameplay.. like multiplayer, the VATS or anything for that matter.. (it's hard to think outside the box, especially in game-world)

-Six-Shooter-
-Six-Shooter-

Bethesda did a great job on Fallout 3 and the DLC's, whilst not creating a multiplayer function, i say; bethesda has proven/earned their rights to make a sequel if you look at the selling-stats of F3... BTW: you can go BLAH-ting about how good F1 and F2 where/are, but the perspective of the past is not helping to create new and innovative gameplay.. like multiplayer, the VATS or anything for that matter.. (it's hard to think outside the box, especially in game-world)

joker0711
joker0711

I'm not a huge fan of MMORPGs (Everquest or WoW), but once you give it a Fallout theme, I'm all over it. I think this would be amazing. I'd like to see Interplay make it, but I just hope it gets done and gets done well.

sethbouldin
sethbouldin

@tki_raziel "everything like in all Bethesda RPGs scales with player level" That ill-researched statement made me lose all interest in what you had to say.

tki_raziel
tki_raziel

Good job with fail dialogues based on skills? Have u played first Fallouts to see the options u had when u talked with some1? There is no limit to inventory u can carry ammunition for an entire enemy base. Game has no challange, everything like in all Bethesda RPGs scales with player level, like the world evolves because of u, not u evolving because what happends in the world, there are no proper towns in F3 everything is a mess humanity didnt evolve a bit, game is more like a zombie shooter, u shoot ghouls in metro tunnels for X hours. Few quests worth mentoning and few moments in game have a real feeling. I hope Obsidian does something more from Fallout then the joke of Fallout 3, but probably not much because Bethesda wont let them to do it their way.

robulastage
robulastage

The shooter aspect of Fallout3 was extremely clunky and unrefined. VATS did the shooter aspect of the game a huge favor. Other than how clunky the shooting is, I say Bethesda did a great job with it, and I'd like to see them run further with the franchise.

tki_raziel
tki_raziel

Bethesda only destroyed everything was good in Fallout and used the name to make a crapy FPS for console players. Fallout 1&2 cant be beaten by VATS and graphics. Too bad Interplay dosent have any financial power anymore, anyway the Fallout license landed in the wrong hands.

otanikun
otanikun

Stop Interplay, give it to Bethesda

SuperYeti22
SuperYeti22

@Chrisjag92 Maybe so Interplay made the franchise, but when Bethesda bought the franchise, and made Fallout 3, they did a way better job doing it. After Bethesda's hard work on Fallout 3, Interplay is going to shoot it in the face by turning it back into the old crap that was fun in the 90's while it lasted, but not anymore these days

Sperataca
Sperataca

i dont see why they have to fight about this crap. its frikkin fallout agreat game universe with a huge and really easily expanded universe. Also why doesnt bethesda offer to buy them out? i am sure they could pull somthing togethere to make a offer. interplay only has 16,000 in assests? it just seems that they want to continue making great games which they did back in the day so why no continue there legacy? all in all i would rather see them both contibuting to make a better game for every one that scwabbiling over a dead corpes like some super mutes

Heythatsmychair
Heythatsmychair

I would like to see a Fallout game like the old one be brought to XBLA. Something like Alien Breed Evolution but Fallout.

CTC24
CTC24

So Interplay is accusing Bethesda of stupid reasons, just to get their beloved "Fallout" back? If they do get the title and rights back their already in debt so its just going to sit there for a long time until they pay off the debt and raise money to make a new Fallout game. I say that's stupid, they gave it to Bethesda and they made an excellent game of that title, so why take it back? I would be on their side if they weren't in debt and had a decent amount of money in their pockets to make another great game.

Glaice
Glaice

Why does Interplay have to market v13 as a Fallout game at all? It could be Wasteland, or some variant thereof, which Bethesda would not own the IP to and allow Interplay to do their own thing. By doing that, I'm sure that Chris could go back, remembering what the first games were all about, remain true to lore (which to speak of was really just a loose idea based on Wasteland anyways) and make a fantastic game, all the while letting Bethesda continue on their path. All this suit and counter suit looks more like a chest thumping contest or teenage drama to me anyways!

Neogenic
Neogenic

I am also neutral here. Fallout 3 is an awsome game, no matter how you look at it. It's not perfect, but what game is? I never played the original Fallout series, but i do know that Interplay made some awsome games in their day (My favorite was Messiah), so i'll bet the original fallout series is great. Anyway, i hope that Interplay can continue this MMORPG. It sounds fun.

hydn631
hydn631

Im in nuetral position here, fallout 3 was great in every aspect except the awful combat so in a sense bethseda did a good thing. But then again Interpay started fallout and made amazing games and are sadly declining. Maybe interplay could make combat, cause bethseda, they havent made a good comabt system in any of their "award winning" rpgs yet.

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

lol yeti, and the guys that changed the entire format from a tactical 3rd person to a lame and typical 1st person shooter didnt ruin the title? How bout when they changed VATS to be the biggest noob invention in the history of gaming? and you people love them for it. And as stated below, they took out all the humor that made the game what it was. The ending is painfully static etc. I can go on and on about how bethesda did exactly the opposite of what your saying and ruined the title. Imo bethesda would have been better off starting their own title.

Chrisjag92
Chrisjag92

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xEpiphoneSG
xEpiphoneSG

also @SuperYeti22 I completely agree with you... It is like picking up a toy that a little kid wasnt even using, and then when you walk away he throws a tantrum because he wants it back!...haha funny stuff

xEpiphoneSG
xEpiphoneSG

if it happens then hope that it is bethesda and they are cool enough to make it for Xbox 360 and PS3 (well i dont care bout PS3) ...

bagelnbutter
bagelnbutter

i think they should try a mmorpg for the game itd be kinda cool

und3roath
und3roath

no i thinkbethesda should get it they have the funds and weather people loved or hated fallout 3 it made a ton of money!! i personally have liked all fallout games so i am a little sad interplay and bethesda arent friends any more.

Maelstrom52
Maelstrom52

Whatever...the new Fallout was completely devoid of the dark humor and quirky design that made the original Fallout games so likable. Breach of contract be damned...I'm backing Interplay in this situation because I actually played the original Fallout games, and even though I liked Fallout 3, it just wasn't the same experience that I remember from the 90's. Granted this will be an MMO, but I would like to see what the original team comes up with.

Australians
Australians

well interplay was good in the 90s but not they have lost it hell they use to have some great games in the early 90s

pzio
pzio

I think Interplay is definitely a washed out company who is vying for attention so people will notice them again, but I hope they resolve their differences with only some licensing rights of Fallout going to Interplay. I think Bethesda was a little too hard on them with the whole deadline deal, as they have so much debt right now that it would take a long, long time to get out of it, especially with the economy the way it is these days. I think an original-style Fallout MMORPG should happen, along with an iPhone port of it :)

SuperYeti22
SuperYeti22

This is f****** stupid. Interplay will destroy Fallout. Interplay is like a 3-year-old having a tantrum. "We wanted to make a fallout game of our own, but you didn't like it, so you tried to take away privliges(I probably spelled this wrong. Hey, sue me!) and the fallout universe, so we're going to take back the fallout universe and completely ruin it! Waaah!" Interplay should take a fallout gun and fire it... while shoving it down its pants!

GreaseyJuggler
GreaseyJuggler

Do i detect a hint of jealousy there Interplay?? Way to backpedal.

ImmortalityX
ImmortalityX

woww interplay sounds like a poor company crying for help lol they're definitely sueing Bethesda because they handed their rights to Fallout to a way more creative company and saw what they COULD have done with it, they probably just feel retarded for giving it away! now they cant take it anymore and want their franchise back even though they'll turn it straight to ruin with them behind it's developing wheel. (i mean you've seen their games.. -_- ) how does interplay expect to win this? they didnt follow contract with Bethesda because they were in debt! AND they've been selling Fallout(interplay) games when they sold their rights to Fallout years ago... I hope Bethesda pulls through, cause they made this game badass and it has taken up tons of my time lmao good luck Bethesda, dont let the system f''''k you!!

fatredfu
fatredfu

is this going to be a kid's game? wtf? these images are crap, too cheery. Welcome to the wasteland of pastels... er wait... no... what?

nomorepain4u
nomorepain4u

what the hell are you talking bout robgam3r. u are f+++++ up. interplay will ruin fallout.screw you interplay go betheda. oh and by the way interplay take these crap cartoonish images and shove em up your a++. they suck.interplay will ruin fallout

azazazazaz3
azazazazaz3

interplay's gonna mess everything up

nomorepain4u
nomorepain4u

screw you interplay go betheda. oh and by the way interplay take these crap cartoonish images and shove em up your a++. they suck

nomorepain4u
nomorepain4u

what the hell are you talking bout robgam3r. u are f+++++ up

bagehi
bagehi

"We painted 4 pictures!" is not the same as developing an MMO. It has been over 2 years since Interplay "started" the MMO project and all they seem to have to show for it is four paintings. It reminds me of the DECADE spent waiting for Fallout 3 before they sold it to another developer to make.

LXIndustries
LXIndustries

I certainly hope Bethesda comes out on top of this suit. They did and exemplary job on TES and Fallout alike and I can only believe would continue doing so with both franchises. I would think that any future Fallout game made by Interplay just would not have the same inpact as one by Bethesda - they seem to have the formula for these games well in hand.

MaccyMan
MaccyMan

I would rather Bethesda make it. Reason being, interplay doesn't have any goddamn money. You can't make a game without money, and interplay trying to steal the Fallout Franchise back from Bethesda is childish. If they can't MAKE the game why do they think that they can MAKE the game?

solatron
solatron

@noxian: its pretty newschool? u gotta be kidding me. MMOs are emphasize on quantity over quality. i think you're just a new kid on the block trying to ditch the concept of old school who actually knows nothing of the past.

noxian
noxian

@phaedruslives: the problem with that is there's really only ONE original Fallout mind behind this game. there are some people out there seriously overhyping the "omg its the original Fallout makers" angle not realizing one man doesn't make a game studio, no matter how much we like to hype singular personalities these days. Taylor didn't make Fallout by himself and with that having been said the rest of the team is about as new to the franchise as anyone at Bethesda. as far as Fallout not needing an MMO, there we're in total agreement. in fact if we were to bring up the REAL oldschool versus newschool conflict, THAT'S more relevent than anything else. most old fans of fallout i've ever known all think an MMO simply doesn't fit the concept of Fallout where your existence was pretty much alone. yes there were towns and such but even with those the original concept was they were few and far between. a far cry from the very notion of massive multiplayer. frankly, the whole idea that every rpg needs to be turned into an MMO is pretty newschool.