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Fallout: Online announced

Fallout: Online announced

Interplay has, after a lot of back and forth, officially announced Fallout: Online.

Original Fallout developer and publisher, Interplay, has finally officially announced a new MMO to be based on the series, Fallout: Online - and is now recruiting beta testers.

Interplay has long been rumoured to be working on a Fallout MMO, but has faced financial and legal troubles after selling the rights to the franchise to Bethesda, who have licensed rights to an MMO back to Interplay.

Interplay was only able to secure the rights to the MMO after proving that it would be able to pay royalties to Bethesda, achieve a minimum of $30 million USD in funding and get the project into full-scale development - all within two years.

Fallout: Online is being co-developed by Masthead Studios, though much of the work is being done internally at Interplay and original Fallout designer Chris Taylor has joined the project as a Lead System Designer.

The official Fallout: Online website is now accepting sign-ups for beta testers, but makes no mention of when the closed beta will kick off. Interplay has said that a public beta will begin in 2012 however - hinting at a long development cycle.

Check out our Fallout 3 review for more info on the series.

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adam_bagpuss 21st June 2010, 12:22 Quote
woot signed up for beta. bring it on ! really really hope this is good
Phalanx 21st June 2010, 12:27 Quote
Nice! Not played Fallout 3 (waiting for a good Steam Sale!) yet, but I love the look of it!
El Rando 21st June 2010, 12:42 Quote
I've have never played an MMO but I always imagined that fallout 3 would be epic if it was one. with this and new vegas shortly I am a very very happy student
BlackMage23 21st June 2010, 13:03 Quote
Wouldn't this be like Fallen Earth?
pimonserry 21st June 2010, 13:38 Quote
Signed up too ;)

Wasn't a HUGE fan of Fallout 3, but this could be interesting.
liratheal 21st June 2010, 13:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by BlackMage23
Wouldn't this be like Fallen Earth?

I'd be surprised if there was THAT much difference between the two, to be honest.
13eightyfour 21st June 2010, 14:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by BlackMage23
Wouldn't this be like Fallen Earth?

I played fallen earth for about 4 months after release, and while it wasnt a bad, there was some massive flaws, whilst i was playing it seemed that you couldnt really gain anything from specializing in one area. For instance i liked the idea of just crafting, but it became boring because everybody else could do the same as well as be lethal in PvP

Hopefully fallout online will have dedicated classes, which make each unique.
-equilerex- 21st June 2010, 17:10 Quote
for those not aware, this has nothing to do with fallout 3 (considering a few of the replies)
Im glad they managed to get past the legal problems and hope they'll manage to race til the end without Bethesda taking them down. looking forward to it... hope theyll take a lot of testers once they get to that stage.
_Metal_Guitar_ 21st June 2010, 18:27 Quote
This might actually be good if they go back to how Fallout used to be. The third person action type of gameplay they have in most MMOs looks lame compared to ordinary games. I think an MMO would be well suited to Fallouts original gameplay.
metarinka 21st June 2010, 20:52 Quote
you know I actually prefer bethseda's treatment of the game over the originals-- i know heresy -- but I think the Bethseda type would make for a better mmo, traveling the wastelands tackling hard vaults and locations as a group. having different professions through the various skills. The only thing that I can't see working is the VATS system unless the combat wasn't real time. I think the original fallout play style is a bit outdated in relation to modern gameplay.

I'll wait and see sounds like this will be a couple years in the making.
-equilerex- 21st June 2010, 22:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by metarinka
you know I actually prefer bethseda's treatment of the game over the originals-- i know heresy -- but I think the Bethseda type would make for a better mmo, traveling the wastelands tackling hard vaults and locations as a group. having different professions through the various skills. The only thing that I can't see working is the VATS system unless the combat wasn't real time. I think the original fallout play style is a bit outdated in relation to modern gameplay.

I'll wait and see sounds like this will be a couple years in the making.
thats just assuming interplay would stick to 1999, isometric engine and the original single player gameplay... im afraid thats not the case
http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Project_V13/

http://gamerant.com/wp-content/uploads/FalloutMMO3-570x357.jpg
*These screenshots are from an early proof of concept and they do not represent the appearance of the final product.*
kzinti1 21st June 2010, 22:40 Quote
I've also signed up. I really despise all the MMO's I've tried so far. Hopefully, this will be the one I've been searching for.
Yemerich 22nd June 2010, 01:19 Quote
This is the best news since....
Fallout 2?...

Count me in and LONG LIVE INTERPLAY!!
Fizzl 22nd June 2010, 12:13 Quote
If you sign up to their forum you can see some concept art under 'Project: V13' Oh what a subtle codename that was! :)
Xir 22nd June 2010, 14:30 Quote
Hmmm, reminds me I've still got to play the extensions
mrbens 22nd June 2010, 17:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
Nice! Not played Fallout 3 (waiting for a good Steam Sale!) yet, but I love the look of it!

You just missed one!! A couple of weeks ago Fallout 3 with all 4 expansions 50% off, just £14.99.
Oblivion (66% off) & Morrowind (75% off) GOTY editions too for about £10 & £3.75.
The_Beast 22nd June 2010, 21:32 Quote
Nice, I can't wait to game it up online
Xir 24th June 2010, 16:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by mrbens
You just missed one!!
Shame Steam don't announce their sales... I don't really log in every day just-to-check-out.
hunter1 14th December 2011, 00:04 Quote
I can't wait for the beta to release in semi late 2012 and I love the fallout series...Can't wait to help out by being a beta tester also..
OmightyOne 16th December 2011, 18:15 Quote
cant belive we've been waiting so long for this!
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