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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 6:12PM (Unverified) said

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@Eamil
Is that all? Considering how much money Interplay already had wrapped up in early development and legal fees defending this the past couple years, they're getting robbed. Granted, the time they've spent fighting injunctions was probably worth more yet, but now it just seems...wasted.
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 6:12PM Eamil said

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@jmerriex

Fair point about the legal fees, but:

"$2M doesn't come close to the amount that Interplay stands to lose by not being the publisher of future Fallout titles."

This had pretty much nothing to do with the lawsuit. If the lawsuit had played out to the end and Bethesda had lost, all that would've done is let Interplay keep the MMO rights.
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 6:16PM jmerriex said

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@Eamil I just read that (I'm a n00b who doesn't read too closely apparently). So Interplay did get some cash off of it. But still it's a flash in the pan to losing the rights to Fallout.
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 6:04PM SnarlingWolf said

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Make it easier on yourself and simply never expect a Fallout MMO. By the time they get one out at this point (if they even try) MMOs won't be what we think of them as today and there will be 5x as many of them.

Posted: Jan 9th 2012 6:07PM Comrade Domovoi said

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At this point I don't really give a damn, cause I never had hope for a fallout MMO from Interplay in the first place. However, I would like to know what will happen to Masthead now. Will they take some kind of financial hit from cancelled development or just refocus fully on Earthrise with little to no harm done?

Posted: Jan 9th 2012 6:18PM pid said

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Masthead studios was developing the Fallout MMO for Interplay.

This news will hit them hard, but they will go F2P in 2012 or at least so says their website which I checked right now to see if there's any news on that front.

I guess Earthrise will be back at the center of their attention, which might be a good thing once it's F2P.

For fallout... I don't know. I don't want to see an engine like Skyrim's turned into an MMO, because it would end up much like MO. They used the Unreal 3 graphics engine, and it showed the flawed concept that a good (or excellent) single-player graphics engine is NOT enough to obtain an enjoyable MMO.

Posted: Jan 9th 2012 8:14PM (Unverified) said

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@pid The engine has little to do with SV's incompetence.
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 9:46PM Joshua Przygocki said

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@pid Unreal engine... It's pretty popular for multiplayer games like... I don't know... Unreal Tournament 3 maybe? How about Global Agenda? TERA runs great on it! And lets not forget that awesome little gem Dungeon Defenders.

I don't understand your argument.
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 9:47PM Joshua Przygocki said

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@pid Edit: forgot to mention... None of the Elder Scrolls or Fallout games were made on the Unreal engine.
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Posted: Jan 10th 2012 9:21AM pid said

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To all replies above: I don't say that a graphics engine (e.g. Unreal 3 or whatever, like Bethesda's "Creation Engine") SUFFICES to have success in the MMO market. What I am saying is that this is not a guarantee because there is much more to an MMO, and that "much more" is not present in Skyrim, neither in Fallout 3 or wherever.

TL;DR or in other words: I don't see Bethesda having the know-how to build an MMO, I only see a single player sandbox with a stunning graphics engine, but that's hardly a guarantee for an MMO.

And that SV's incompetence has little to do with the engine is a proof of what I'm saying. They had the Unreal 3 enigne but MO still fails.

Got it now?
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 6:22PM Graill440 said

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This is really bad news. bethesda sucks the supreme big one in customer service and they support consoles. The end result are low res piece of crap games like skyrim for example with crap ui's.

I can see bethesda releasing a fallout mmo, and the modding community having to work their asses off like they did/are doing for skyrim to make it passable, while bethesda rakes in profits from folks with low standards.

I wonder how much money bethesda paid, and they paid, to get their rights back.


Posted: Jan 9th 2012 7:28PM aurickle said

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@Graill440
Skyrim is low resolution? Really? It's higher resolution and has better quality textures than most MMO's.

As for your "piece of crap" argument: As of January 2, Skyrim remains the most-played game on Steam by a huge margin. It is currently being played by more than twice as many people as the second place title. That's two months after release. I challenge you to show me ANY other RPG that has EVER done so well. It's also the 19th best-rated game of all time (regardless of genre or platform) on GameRatings. Unless you've somehow become the Sole Judge of What's Good, it seems your statement is more one of personal opinion than fact.
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 8:16PM Braiks said

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@Graill440 You couldn't be further from the truth.
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 8:58PM Ehra said

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@aurickle

It's funny. People complain and complain that developers don't take more risks instead of sinking their money into pretty graphics and safe gameplay decisions, then they turn around and complain about Skyrim's graphics.

With that said, despite his graphics whoring and baseless console bashing, the rest of his post is pretty spot on. Bethesda games are ridiculously buggy, and it's only by the saving graces of the modding community that the vast majority of these problems ever get fixed. And for all the hollering people do about Skyrim being "dumbed down" into an action game; it's still got some pretty bland "combat." Melee is still just click spam.

Bethesda are probably the best in the business at building gorgeous worlds that you WANT to explore while filling it with some damn good lore in it to reward you for your curiosity, but I can only imagine what a horrific mess a MMO from them would be like.
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 6:41PM alucard3000 said

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Didn't Interplay already have alot of assets already developed and I thought I heard/read something to the tune of if they lost the rights to make a Fallout MMO they would use what they had sans the Fallout references and make it with a different name?

Posted: Jan 9th 2012 7:46PM paterah said

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@alucard3000 As long as Fallout is at the hands of Bethesda I couldn't care less what Interplay makes.
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 8:02PM alucard3000 said

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@paterah And what does that have to do with the question I asked?Because I could really care less about what you care less about as well.
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 8:09PM alucard3000 said

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@paterah replace "could" with "couldn't" but I am sure you got my drift.Damn lack of an edit feature.:(
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Posted: Jan 9th 2012 6:51PM Maseno said

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I am kind of confused by this... Hadn't Interplay won every other court decision prior to this one? Why would they suddenly settle out of court and say "we give up??

Must have been an absolute butt load of money.

Posted: Jan 9th 2012 7:05PM koehler83 said

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@Maseno

Someone realized they'd spent more time in court than developing anything. They finally came to the conclusion they were going no where and were fighting for nothing.
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