Bethesda and Interplay have settled their long-running dispute regarding the Fallout MMO.
The publisher behind Fallout 3 and the Elder Scrolls series now has all intellectual property rights associated with the Fallout name, with Interplay and Masthead Studios required to cease all developments regarding the license; including the MMO.
Additionally Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax agreed to pay struggling publisher Interplay $2,000,000 in order to cover legal costs.
“While we strongly believe in the merits of our suits, we are pleased to avoid the distraction and expense of litigation while completely resolving all claims to the Fallout IP,” explained ZeniMax CEO, Robert Altman.
“Fallout is an important property of ZeniMax and we are now able to develop future Fallout titles for our fans without third party involvement or the overhang of others’ legal claims.”
Development on the Fallout MMO, dubbed ‘Project V13′, began in 2007.
It’s unknown whether Bethesda are interested in putting together a similar endeavour in the future.
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