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Posted: May 31st 2011 12:14AM Furdinand said

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So maybe the silver lining is that Bethesda may get to start a Fallout MMO?

Posted: May 31st 2011 12:23AM Verus said

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I should not be happy they are in trouble but I want Bethesda Game Studios to take over this train wreck before it is too late.

Posted: May 31st 2011 3:00AM cerebrix said

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more winning decisions from herve caen.

is anyone shocked by this?

the title of this could have been "scientists discover water is wet" and i would have been more surprised by it than something like this.

Posted: May 31st 2011 3:44AM dragonandante said

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I saw it coming. They didn't have much funding in the first place. If they were smart, should've attempted to join up with Bethesda instead of flying solo. Oh well, if they go under, Bethesda will most likely be there to pick up the pieces.

Posted: May 31st 2011 4:52AM Kitanishi said

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The amount of people defending Bethesda amuse me.

Did no one ever play the awesomeness that was Fallout II? How can anyone after what Bethesda did to fallout franchise side with them? :/

Interplay might be complete jerks and have a camel for a CEO, but they still have my moral support and hopes. After all, Bethesda failed to grasp just what made Fallout franchise so good and even the non-Bethesda New Vegas thing was more closer to the spirit of F2 than F3 was(alien invasions and grittttttyy worlds? Where is my cold-war paranoia, inappropriate social jokes and commentary of present-day world countries, bethesda?).

I say people are way too ready to crucify Interplay, while we have no knowledge at all on how the game looks. For all we know it will be worse than F3 or it will be up to the quality of F2(hopefully), but its something we will find out(hopefully) in future.

Posted: May 31st 2011 5:24AM Muddleglum said

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@Kitanishi
This may come as a shock but not everyone will agree with you. I played both of the originals (as they came out) and I love the Bethesda games.
And for the people defending Bethesda most of what I read in this thread so far had little to do with the games and more to do with how wrong Interplay is in reguard to the lawsuit.
A massively reader responded to a post of mine about this a while back and really put it into perspective.

Posted: Jan 11th 2011 10:08AM Cavadus said

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It's not hip. FO3, and to a lesser extent FONV, were far better than the previous titles ever were.

Interplay is currently controlled by Herve Caen. Caen refused to pay Interplay employees after his company purchased Interplay. It wasn't until a California court ordered Caen to pay his employees' salaries that he finally caved.

On top of that the agreement between Bethesda and Interplay stipulated that Interplay had to begin production of an MMO in *2007*. Is anyone actually stupid enough to think Interplay has three years of production behind FOOL? Hell, it was only just a few months that Interplay announced they would be using MastHead Studios' Earthrise engine.

And then there's that. Interplay is using MHS' Earthrise engine? Really?

It's all a ploy by Interplay to just get their grubby hands deeper into Bethesda's pockets and force them to pay for the IP they legally bought and purchased a second time.

Honestly, I hope Interplay dies in a fire. Rubbish company led by absolute d-bags and when was the last time they released *anything*? Exactly. The answer to that tells you everything you need to know.
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Posted: May 31st 2011 11:35AM Controlled Chaos said

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@Kitanishi

Interplay did not create Fallout II. They published the work of a company that they owned. If Black Isle belonged to someone else, then someone else would have been the one that published it. Simple as that.

However, you know what Interplay actually did? Got themselves into monetary problems well before Bethesda ever came into the picture and, as an attempt to stay solvent, killed Black Isle Studios, took the franchises and sold off Fallout to try and give themselves some operating income.

So, you want to know who killed the franchise? That would be Interplay, by getting rid of the company that created the initial two games. The reason people are defending Bethesda is because they actually bought the franchise because they believed they could do some good with it. It's better than anything Interplay would have done.
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Posted: May 31st 2011 5:45AM Snichy said

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I know nothing about it but seems to me Bethesda and Interplay wanted the rights, Interplay spent all their money winning but Bethesda will just buy the rights from the administrator anyway, so once again the only winners were the lawyers!

Posted: May 31st 2011 7:00AM Monkey D Luffy said

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Hope Bethesda buys the studio and keeps everyone so they can make the MMO together.

Posted: May 31st 2011 7:59AM dudes said

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Uh oh.

Posted: May 31st 2011 9:06AM FrostPaw said

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Interplay has been a shadow of itself ever since bankruptcy forced it to disband black isle. It's only source of income shince then has been selling the Fallout IP to Bethesda.

I never for second believed they would turn out anything of worth with the fallout Online mmo, from the momment it was announced I would have bet money it would have been a no show/pile of crap.

I recieved a "Fallout MMO" newsletter recently and its the only one I have recieved since signing up over a year ago and guess what? it wasn't even about the Fallout MMO, they were trying to peddle some second rate platform game to me.

There is a time to die gracefully and Interplay missed it by about 10 years. They have done nothing but hold up the development and waste money ever since.

Posted: May 31st 2011 6:54PM Bladerunner83 said

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@FrostPaw

Thats funny, I too receive an interesting email. It was the first one that had nothing to do with the game. At least they are trying to get some bucks to stay afloat, its not a good sign anyways.
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Posted: May 31st 2011 10:58AM Bladerunner83 said

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This is terrible news, I was looking forward to Fallout online.

Posted: May 31st 2011 11:40AM Controlled Chaos said

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Rest in peace, Interplay.

Though you may have been around since 1983 and made some classic games, it's probably better this way. It was in 2005 that your terrible use of money got you into trouble and just about closed your doors, but it was the sale of your Fallout IP to Bethesda that allowed you to restart your in-game development. But, if you're terrible with money, just like a gambler, a fortune will soon turn into pennies. Except this time, you guys don't have anything else to pawn for your next fix.

Hopefully the people who work for them will be able to find new jobs pretty quickly.

Posted: Jun 6th 2011 4:49PM claytondora said

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At this point, I'd entrust the development and care of the fallout franchise to another company (namely bethesda), including the MMO. Interplay has proven, time and again, that it doesn't have the lobes for business. Its as simple as that.

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