Former industry powerhouse Interplay was given one more reason to pine for the old days as Bethesda has come out on top of an ongoing court battle involving the Fallout brand. A new settlement in the lawsuit (Bethesda Softworks LLC v Interplay Entertainment Corp.) finds Interplay’s license to develop a Fallout MMO “null and void,” with all former rights immediately reverting back to Bethesda, and that the company “has no ongoing right to use the Fallout brand or any Fallout intellectual property for any game development.” ZeniMax, parent company of Bethesda, has agreed to pay $2 million in the settlement, with each side covering their own litigation expenses.
While Bethesda now owns all Fallout intellectual property rights, Interplay will still be able to sell the original Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics, all for the PC, through December 2013. After December 31, the merchandising rights will expire and become the property of Bethesda.
Lastly, Bethesda has also reached an agreement with Masthead Studios, who were noted by Interplay to have been hired and in full production of a Fallout MMO. Both companies agreed that Masthead has no legal right to any of the Fallout IP, as Interplay was never permitted to sublicense any rights without approval from Bethesda, while Masthead denied that they had infringed on any of Bethesda’s properties. No payments were made, and Masthead has agreed that it will not use any Fallout-related properties in the future. And with that, the Fallout legal kerfuffle is at an end.
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