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Fallout MMO In Trouble?

Posted Apr 16, 2009 by Keith Cross

Fallout MMO In Trouble?

The folks over at No Mutants Allowed noticed something fishy from Interplay reagrding their Fallout MMO.

According to Interplay's annual SEC report, the Fallout MMO, widely speculated to be under development at Interplay under the code name Project V13, may be in trouble.

Interplay had sold the rights to the Fallout property to Bethesda, but retained the rights to develop a Fallout MMO in an agreement signed back in April 2007. As part of the license agreement, Interplay had to meet certain development and funding milestones.

Now, two years on, Bethesda claims these targets haven't been met and that Interplay is in breach of the license agreement. Despite posting losses in 2008 and current difficulties gaining a credit agreement, Interplay disputes these claims, having recently entered into an agreement with Earthrise developer Masthead Studios to work on Project V13.

Interplay recently received notice that Bethesda Softworks, LLC ("Bethesda") intends to terminate the trademark license agreement between Bethesda and Interplay which was entered into April 4, 2007 for the development of FALLOUT MMOG. Despite the fact that no formal action is currently pending, Bethesda claims that Interplay is in breach of the trademark license agreement for failure to commence fill scale development of same by April 4, 2009 and to secure certain funding for the MMOG. Interplay adamantly disputes these claims. Although the potential damages are currently unknown, if Bethesda ultimately prevails and cancels the trademark license agreement, Interplay would lose its license back of the "Fallout" MMOG and any damages resulting therefrom are unknown at this time.

Read more on the subject here.