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BREAKING: Bethesda Drops Fallout Lawsuit [Updated]

Posted Apr 22, 2010 by Michael Bitton

BREAKING: Bethesda Drops Fallout Lawsuit [Updated]

Bethesda has decided to drop their lawsuit against Interplay over the Fallout license, following an out of court settlement between the two parties. This is a surprise turn of events, given the seemingly bitter battle that has played out between the two companies. The real winners here though are the gamers, as progress towards the completion of the Fallout MMO should now proceed (hopefully) uninterrupted.

Below are some of Interplay investor Frymuchan's comments regarding the issue:

Bethesda dropped their appeal of the lawsuit with Interplay and a secret deal was struck (maybe they will release the terms of the deal soon, probably so). Anyways, this is awesome news for Interplay stock. The appeal by Bethesda was dropped yesterday. I'm assuming part of the deal was that Interplay drop their countersuit against Bethesda.

At any rate, this will likely mean that V13 will be moving full steam ahead, terms of the new deal not yet known but the fact that the game will be made is nothing but good news for Interplay.

Duck and Cover [via CVG]

[Thanks suffuse for the tip!]

UPDATE: Bethesda is now denying reports that the lawsuit has been dropped. Pete Hines' comments to Kotaku below:

"That is still ongoing and has not been resolved. It is a minor procedural thing that took place, not a dropping of the lawsuit."

"The bottom line is it's an ongoing legal matter, it's in no way, shape or form done," Hines continued. "We're going to let the process play out in the courts, which is what we've said all along, but beyond that I can't give specifics as to procedures. That's not my domain."

[Thanks to Mike Fahey over at Kotaku and ABRaquel for the heads up!]

Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB