The latest development in the ongoing lover's quarrel for control of the Fallout
MMO seems to be something of a body blow for Bethesda
. The famed Elder Scrolls
and Fallout 3
RPG maker was smacked down
in a U.S. District Court this week as a judge ruled that the company "unreasonably delayed in seeking relief, and that the emergency that allegedly justifies a TRO is self-created."
TRO stands for temporary restraining order, and Bethesda was seeking such against Interplay
and Masthead Studios
, which are developing the long-awaited Fallout
MMORPG. This isn't the first time that Bethesda has turned to the legal system as a way of preserving its Fallout
brand. It's also not the first time the company has been denied, as a 2009 ruling allowed Interplay to continue working on the massively multiplayer version of Fallout
despite Bethesda's objections.