Fallout is a very popular role-playing game (RPG) series set in a post-apocalyptic alternate history America where the Atomic/fusion age arrived earlier than in our time, resulting in a strange but fun mishmash of high technology (robots, nuclear-powered cars, energy weapons, etc.) and the post-war culture of 1950s America. Sounds great as a setting for a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), right?
Unfortunately, the development of the upcoming MMORPG Fallout Online has hit a snag.
Bethesda Softworks now owns the rights to produce all Fallout games, and has conditionally licensed the rights to make a massively multiplayer online role-playing game version of Fallout to Interplay. Interplay’s rights to developing and publishing Fallout Online have been the subject of a legal dispute between Bethesda Softworks, the current owner of the Fallout franchise, and Interplay. The current legal status of the game is unknown however it is in active development, with a projected release date of 2012. (Source)
Regardless of the legal battle which may very well impact it’s future release, Fallout has its fans who are very much looking forward to the new MMORPG to be released in 2012. The game developers have understandably remained mum about the upcoming game but there is some other interesting information that has emerged from the court case, including this tidbit that was reportedly in the public files.
“Quest content and design is ongoing and includes content and mechanics for multi-part intra-zone and dynamic world events and quests. interplay has created and written a large multi-part, game-worldwide meta-puzzle including the puzzle structure, code system, and planned locations, which is designed to foster cooperation and competition among players for an extended time period.” (Source)
The pricing or revenue model is still unknown at this time, which hasn’t stopped MMORPG fans from speculating that it will be free to play, given the success of Western MMOGs that have recently switched to that business model. In addition, Blizzard’s World of Warcraft and Bioware’s upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic MMOs are considered by most to be very tough competition for any subscription games that will be released in the near future.
The teaser site is live at http://www.fallout-on-line.com/ where beta registration is already available.