Interplay has surrendered its rights over the Fallout MMO to Bethesda. The legal dispute was settled out of court where Interplay gave up the rights for $2 million. Interplay still holds the rights to Fallout 1, 2 & Tactics until 2013. When that expires those publishing rights will go back to Bethesda.
Robert Altman, CEO of Zenimax, Bethesda’s parent company, spoke about the case.
“While we strongly believe in the merits of our suits, we are pleased to avoid the distraction and expense of litigation while completely resolving all claims to the Fallout IP. Fallout is an important property of ZeniMax and we are now able to develop future Fallout titles for our fans without third party involvement or the overhang of others’ legal claims.”
The legal dispute first began between Bethesda and Interplay in 2007, where Bethesda claimed that Interplay had not met the contractual terms set by both parties in relation to the Fallout MMO, including Interplay raising funding for the project and starting work on the game.
There has been no mention on whether Bethesda will be developing a Fallout MMO itself.