Bethesda/Interplay Lawsuit Settled, Nothing Specific Released

It’s funny how some banners look better in your mind before you put them on paper. Good news everyone! According to Duck and Cover, a premiere Fallout fan site, a settlement has been reached between Bethesda and Interplay over the ongoing lawsuit pertaining to Fallout Online (or Project V13).  For those in need of a jump to the brain, back in 2007 Interplay sold the Fallout franchise to Bethesda under the agreement that Interplay would develop the Fallout MMO, with the understanding that such a title would be in full development by April 2009. When that date came and went, allegedly with no real progress, Bethesda launched a lawsuit against Interplay for failing to meet their side of the bargain.

This recess was extended, and then they recessed for lunch. After the lunch recess, the court room was locked to everyone except attorneys and clients. When our source asked why this was the case, our source was told it was because they were working out a settlement. The following day, another source called the court reporter to ask what the next hearing schedule for the case was — this source was told there was no schedule as a settlement had been reached.

More information, according to Duck and Cover, is set to be released this month. Until then, let the speculation continue on the future of the vaporware MMO known as Project V13.

(Source: Duck and Cover)

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  • Perhaps I was too broad I was trying to enrattein as well as inform, and sometimes shades of gray are lost.It seems to me, based on my own experiences and those of my comrades on other developing MMOs and their live teams (you’re quite right to draw a distinction between the designers and the people who cope with the fallout), that management decisions are often not in tune with the realities of the customer base but the management class is the one that is protected in the event of disaster. It frustrates me to see the 30K/year guy take the brunt of the pain in terms of relocation, job changes, and blame.I also prefer directness. For anyone to say Here are the reasons for closing a studio failure to XYZ. Oh, but I don’t mean THESE guys is the worst kind of nonsense and entirely prevalent within some corporate cultures. Either the speaker does indeed mean these guys or he’s referring to a different studio entirely, and either way, his statement reflects poorly on him.