The VP of PR over at Bethesda Softworks, Pete Hines has made the Bethesda vs Interplay legal case much more clearer.
In ’07 Interplay president Eric Caen said that Bethesda had turned down the option to create a Fallout MMO and Mr. Hines put that comment in the light as well. In a recent interview Hines said “We own the rights to the MMO,” he said when asked if Caen’s comments were true.
“We own the rights to everything Fallout. The licence is ours. Fallout belongs to us. That’s what I’ll clarify.”
“Beyond that, I’m not commenting on anybody else’s comments. It’s a legal matter. A specific MMO or project or any of that stuff, the lawyers are all going to sort it out.”
Caen responded to the interview with these comments: “We sold the Fallout IP to Bethesda in exchange for a certain amount of cash and the right to do the Fallout MMO,” he said.
“If they refuse to let us do the game, then the sale of the IP is terminated, and they will be allowed to do only one more Fallout, 5.”
FOOL is still being advertised for a 2012 release date.