Fallout 3 is now in development by Bethesda, but Interplay has kept the rights to a Fallout MMO.
Interplay is a company that I have a history with. It was afterall games like Fallout
which shifted me from my casual Monkey Island
-loving ways to being a more hardcore gamer with a penchant for low-tech RPGs. I was obviously pretty devastated then when the company was on the verge of closing permanently in 2001, with a total debt of $59 million.
Now though, things are looking up. Interplay has recently announced that it has reduced that debt from $59 million to only $3 million, thanks mainly to the sale of the Fallout license to Bethesda Softworks
And that's not all.
Interplay has also announced
that it is now looking forwards to raising money for a new project. Specifically, the Fallout MMO
which Interplay has retained the rights to.
"With that difficult period behind us, we are focused on securing funding for development of a Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) based on the popular Fallout franchise. Along with our strategy of leveraging our existing portfolio of intellectual gaming properties, Fallout Online will play a key role in the future of Interplay."
Said Interplay CEO, Herve Caen.
is a series which Interplay has obviously always wanted to continue with, as the Van Buren technical demo
(which is the leftover pieces of the cancelled Interplay version of Fallout 3
Of course, it's still very early days but even the idea of a Fallout MMO
is enough to get us all excited and tingly.
Are you excited too, or do you think that Bethesda is a more promising steward for the Fallout
franchise? Let us know in the forums