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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 5:34PM oxlar said

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Lame

Posted: Jan 9th 2012 5:36PM Danteeeee said

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Ppffffft at least Interplay would have tried to make a good game. Bethesda will do nothing, mores the pity.

Posted: Jan 10th 2012 12:05AM Viiral said

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@Danteeeee Bethesda will be doing nothing. Zenimax Online will be making a MMO if they decide to.

Interplay is not what they where in the good old days.. all the talent have left long ago..
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 5:36PM koehler83 said

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Could you imagine a Bethesda made MMO? Would be the buggiest game in history.

Posted: Jan 10th 2012 8:58AM bobfish said

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@koehler83

They never shown any desire to make an MMO, especially when they make so much from their single player games.

Their parent company is making one, but it probably has nothing to do with Bethesda.
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 9:21AM Unshra said

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@koehler83 First off get it right, Bethesda is not nor will not be developing MMO's. Zenimax has a completely different team dedicated to MMO's that even resides in a different office in Maryland. Bethesda is focused on the single player games while Zenimax Online is focused on, wait for it... online games. 0.0 Just like iD is focus on their own type of games and just because Zenimax owns iD does not mean you will see a DOOM game with TES slapped on it.

But I digress, simply put ANY game developed by Bethesda or any of Zenimax's studios would have LESS bugs then a game developed by Masthead Studios. So I am glad Interplay lost the rights and hopefully Zenimax pulls development from Masthead Studios as well.
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 5:43PM smartstep said

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Well while theoreticaly Interplay would be better - facts are that Interplay don't have funds to do MMO.

Interplay was cooperating with company which did Earthrise and that is an awful game. Totally awful. (well nice concept but realisation pathetic)

So maybe better that Bethseda has it after all...

Posted: Jan 9th 2012 5:47PM Ghostspeaker said

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I'm glad it's finally over, but I can't say I'm thrilled about the outcome. Hopefully Bethesda will sell the rights to someone competent, because I can't see it ending well if they attempt to make it themselves.

Posted: Jan 9th 2012 5:50PM mattaui said

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Sounds good to me. Interplay's last big game was, uh, let me think now. Wait. No? I'm sure it'll come to me.

Bethesda Game Studios? Didn't they have something here recently? Made kind of a splash? Oh, right, Skyrim.

I think I know who I'd rather have make an MMO, or anything else, for that matter.

Posted: Jan 9th 2012 6:37PM alucard3000 said

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@mattaui big difference between making a single player rpg and a massive multiplayer online game and if everything I hear about the bugs in Fallout games made by bethseda and Skyrim's I dont think I would want to play a MMO made by them either.
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 6:43PM aurickle said

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@alucard3000
I think I've heard similar arguments before. Let me make some minor edits to what you wrote:

big difference between making a single player RTS and a massive multiplayer online game and if everything I hear about the bugs in Warcraft games made by Blizzard and Warcraft III I dont think I would want to play a MMO made by them either...
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 6:51PM alucard3000 said

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@aurickle So you are making a comparison to what Blizzard made 7-10 years ago to what Bethseda has 1-3 years ago /ok sounds fair/.
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 7:14PM aurickle said

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@alucard3000
What I'm saying is that similar arguments were made at the time that WoW was in development. A company with no experience in MMO's was making one. A company with several successful games under its belt but a good number of bugs in those games, too.

Bethesda is every bit as qualified to make an MMO as Blizzard was. If anything, they're more qualified since their titles have at least been RPG's.
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 7:45PM Braiks said

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@alucard3000 Don't doubt Bethesda. That is all.
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 8:00AM Purkit said

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@mattaui

Sure Skyrim has bugs, but its also a great game. Bugs can be squashed from great games. I have no idea what Interplay would have done with the brand, but I'm fairly sure Bethesda (if they make the MMO) will produce something on a grand scale, probably with lots of bugs, but you can fix bugs fairly easily (and cheaply), poor game design is harder to correct.
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 5:55PM (Unverified) said

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I had thought I'd gotten over being upset about this franchise, but this makes me inexplicably sad.

Posted: Jan 9th 2012 6:01PM Warsyde said

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Presumably Interplay got a fat payout for turning over the rights, which considering the unlikelihood of them every actually producing anything is probably a big win for them.

That said, I don't want Interplay OR Bethesda to make a Fallout MMO, I don't think either of them have the right design skills to do it. That said, I'm not sure Fallout really has the depth to make a good MMO setting. I loved the first two games, make no mistake, but it doesn't really seem to have the variety needed to provide content over the long haul of an MMO.

Posted: Jan 9th 2012 6:06PM Callagan said

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@Warsyde And the award for biggest paycheck in this entire debacle goes to... the lawyers! Congratulations guys, you all worked really hard, deserved this win.
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 6:02PM Eamil said

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"and it appears that Bethesda has come out on top."

Interplay comes out of it $2 million richer, so I'm not sure I'd put it quite that way.

Posted: Jan 9th 2012 6:08PM jmerriex said

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@Eamil $2 Million basically covers their legal fees (if that). The meat of this pie was the license and it is clear that Interplay lost it and not just for the MMO either. $2M doesn't come close to the amount that Interplay stands to lose by not being the publisher of future Fallout titles.
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