Bethesda, Interplay Reach Settlement
Unfortunately, the details to the Fallout-based settlement have not been revealed, but according to a post on a Fallout-fan-site forum, the lawsuit has ended.
While I was away on vacation without internet for the last two weeks, I was sent transcripts and court documents from the latest Bethesda v. Interplay hearing. Other sites conjectured that a settlement was in the works between the two companies over Interplay’s Fallout: Online MMO.
Today, DAC has confirmation that a settlement has, in fact, taken place. It actually took place the day of the trial – and had I been able to get online and sort through the documents I would have reported as much. We do not yet have the details of the settlement – they will be announced this month (January 2012) – but we can report that on the day of trial, the atmosphere in the court room was tense until the judge recessed. This recess was extended, and then they recessed for lunch. After the lunch recess, the court room was locked to everyone except attorneys and clients. When our source asked why this was the case, our source was told it was because they were working out a settlement. The following day, another source called the court reporter to ask what the next hearing schedule for the case was – this source was told there was no schedule as a settlement had been reached.
So there you have it. Bethesda v. Interplay settled and done after these long few years. Stay tuned to DAC in the near future for the settlement details. Will Interplay still be able to develop Fallout: Online? Did they give up the rights to do so for a truck load of money? Hopefully we’ll have the answers soon.
This news has been reported by many sites, but without access to the court documents, GameTaffy.com cannot confirm the accuracy of this story. We will be watching the story today and confirm or deny the settlement in time for the GameTaffy.com Show on KWCR 88.1 Weber FM.