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Interplay stays afloat, wants Fallout Online

Interplay stays afloat, wants Fallout Online

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.

Fallout 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) proves.

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!

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DougEdey 15th August 2007, 09:53 Quote
typo:
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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.
should be $


I don't want an FO online
CardJoe 15th August 2007, 10:44 Quote
Why not?
Cobalt 15th August 2007, 11:11 Quote
If beth balls up FO3 like they did with Oblivion (which would be an even greater tragedy), then an Interplay developed game could be the answer. The FO universe suits itself very well to an MMO platform so at least they have a solid starting point.
Almightyrastus 15th August 2007, 13:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by DougEdey
typo: should be $


I don't want an FO online


Then don't buy it when it comes out....;)
DXR_13KE 15th August 2007, 13:36 Quote
MMOs are cash cows these days..... i hope they make this one right and get some of the WOW crowd.
chrisb2e9 15th August 2007, 14:25 Quote
I hope it works for the simple reason that I liked inteplay back i the day. I also hope that they can avoid something like fallout tatics. only one way to find out I guess.
DougEdey 15th August 2007, 15:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
Why not?

Discussing it with a friend earlier, I'm someone that really enjoys online gaming, but I prefer short bursts, so I don't have to think "I need to grind up a few more levels tonight" I can just say "I'll jump online for a few rounds of Halo3"
Bl4ckM0onk3y 15th August 2007, 15:55 Quote
all i whant is a Fallout Universe based game with graphics like TES IV:Oblivion ;F and NO MMO'S FFS !!
Amon 15th August 2007, 16:02 Quote
I bought their game, Whiplash, for MS-DOS in the 90s. The most senseless fun I've ever had with a PC game to this day. Won't work on OS newer than Windows 98.
Veles 15th August 2007, 17:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Amon
I bought their game, Whiplash, for MS-DOS in the 90s. The most senseless fun I've ever had with a PC game to this day. Won't work on OS newer than Windows 98.

Compatibility mode?
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
Why not?

MMOs are awful games, I'd much prefer it like say, NWN/Diablo where you can go online if you choose to, but you can stay offline if you want to. Or they might actually be able to make an MMO which is actually good, and doesn't involve grindan up to the level cap only to realise that there's nothing to do once you get there.
Bungle 15th August 2007, 17:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Veles

MMOs are awful games, I'd much prefer it like say, NWN/Diablo where you can go online if you choose to, but you can stay offline if you want to. Or they might actually be able to make an MMO which is actually good, and doesn't involve grindan up to the level cap only to realise that there's nothing to do once you get there.
Sounds like Guildwars is your tonic. Admittedly you can't play offline but its free online and there's no grind for uber levels as it's capped at lvl20 (in prophecies anyways). End game is more guild PvP which is very clever and complex, you'll hurt your brain trying to workout team combos to counter teams and there's no one setup to rule them all.

Would love to see a fallout MMOG, the single player games just spouts class. Hopefully the ingame humour and gameplay can make the transition to the next level.

Glad old Interplay are still kicking about, they are responsible for one of the best TBS games there is. M.A.X
Amon 15th August 2007, 17:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Veles
Compatibility mode?
It doesn't quite work like that because it's still looking for the old SoundBlaster16/32 soundcards and you have to manually assign the IRQs.
Veles 15th August 2007, 17:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bungle
Sounds like Guildwars is your tonic. Admittedly you can't play offline but its free online and there's no grind for uber levels as it's capped at lvl20 (in prophecies anyways). End game is more guild PvP which is very clever and complex, you'll hurt your brain trying to workout team combos to counter teams and there's no one setup to rule them all.

I tried GW but I was a bit bored of it, having everything but the towns instanced made the game feel empty, apart from that it looked like a cool game, but it was like an MMO without the bits that make an MMO good and not the best community.
Woodstock 15th August 2007, 21:01 Quote
shame i refuse to play MMO's i guess
Hells_Bliss 15th August 2007, 21:46 Quote
i'd hit it up for a little while.
Yemerich 15th August 2007, 23:02 Quote
Well, at least it's the original creators of the game... Not just some enthusiasts like Beth
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