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Prepare for the future... with Bethesda Softworks
Developer of Oblivion owns Fallout intellectual property rights

In case you haven’t heard, the Fallout franchise is now in good hands. Last week, Interplay sold the Fallout intellectual property rights to Bethesda Softworks for $5.75 million, which is just pennies when taking into account the franchise’s emotional pull on PC gamers.

Word of this development was first spotted on the No Mutants Allowed forum, along with the 8-K government filing:

Under the APA, the Company sold all of its rights to the IP to Bethesda for a total amount of $5,750,000.00 payable to the Company, subject to various conditions, in three cash installments. The first installment of $2,000,000.00 was paid following closing when $200,000.00 was paid to the Company and $1,800,000.00 was deposited into an escrow account to satisfy various liabilities. The Company expects to have fulfilled its obligations under the APA and to receive full payment during the third quarter of 2007. The Company had previously, on June 29, 2004, entered into, an exclusive licensing agreement with Bethesda, regarding the IP which was superseded by the APA.

The good news for Fallout fans is that the series is gaining the stability it needs to survive to make it to its second sequel. Interestingly enough, right after selling off the IP to Bethesda, Interplay is licensing Fallout for rights to develop an Interplay-branded Fallout MMO. Bethesda will receive from Interplay 12 percent of sales, subscription fees and other revenues generated by the upcoming MMO.

While this development may not have any huge effect on the development of Fallout 3, it ensures that we may see a fourth and fifth game should Bethesda (and the market) see fit.

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best games
By GlassHouse69 on 4/17/2007 1:22:28 PM , Rating: 2
There are few games that fit into the level of these fallout games. for me it is this order of greatness for a game:

1. wasteland for commodore - pc version isnt as pretty/sound is eh
2. starcraft
3. fallout2
4. fallout1

RE: best games
By Bladen on 4/18/2007 8:22:00 AM , Rating: 2
I love wasteland, I still have an original instruction manual and paragraphs book in my room.

WOW. Very hot news!!!
By PICBoy on 4/17/2007 8:36:49 PM , Rating: 2
I can barely believe it!

Favorite games for PC:
1) Doom
2) Fallout
3) Starcraft
4) Diablo II

RE: WOW. Very hot news!!!
By BMFPitt on 4/18/2007 3:58:38 PM , Rating: 2
Wolfenstein 3D
Diablo II

Great stuff.
By coldpower27 on 4/17/2007 10:20:13 AM , Rating: 3
This is great news, I love the Fallout Series, quite a fun game, one of the games that I have played the most in the past here is hopimg Fallout 3 from Bethsheba is an awesome game.

Fallout 2 opened my eyes
By wrekd on 4/17/2007 6:35:02 PM , Rating: 2
Fallout 2 was the first game where I actually cared about what the characters were saying. I'm not knocking Asian developed games, but there is a certain "cheese" factor inherent in the translation. The Fallout 2 dialog felt very natural to me and allowed me to enjoy the "reading parts". I’m looking forward to the next Fallout.

P.S. Bethesda: Please mutate Kevin Costner for Waterworld and The Postman. Thanks.

Return to the Vault!
By Misty Dingos on 4/19/2007 1:26:44 PM , Rating: 2
Wasteland was and is one of the best RPGs ever made. Underrated by people that couldn’t see why anyone would play a game that didn’t have an elf in it. The guys that produced wasteland even put that in the game.

I just don’t think that Bethesda really understands how big the Fallout franchise is. If they did they would have more guys working on it. The story lines for Fallout could run through every continent on the planet. The story lines are literally endless. If they don’t have a good writing staff, that understands the Wasteland & Fallout genre, it will be a very sad day indeed when they release Fallout 3.

My only bone to pick with Oblivion (other than the cheesy horses) not enough voice actors! Hire some more voice actors Bethesda!

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