Last Minute Settlement in Fallout MMO Court Case
According to a post on Develop, the ongoing courtroom drama between Bethesda and Interplay over the Fallout MMO has come to an end. An anonymous source has said that after tense time in the courtroom, a judge’s recess brought the two parties together to hash out a settlement, resulting in an end to scheduled days in court.
The conflict began back in 2007, explains the Develop post, when Interplay sub-contracted with developer Masthead to create a Fallout MMO, an act which Bethesda believes to have been a breach of their licensing agreement (Bethesda owns the Fallout intellectual property). The suit was filed in 2009.
The last we’d reported on the drama was back in late-October, when Bethesda was denied a preliminary injunction against Interplay’s work on the MMO. That last decision showed that Bethesda didn’t take enough action, or swift enough action, to prevent the purported wrongdoing committed by Interplay and Masthead, and that, in fact, the company had yet to demonstrate the ways in which it would be irreparably harmed by the agreement. As to which way it seemed the case was swinging when the supposed settlement was reached isn’t clear at this point. As of this writing, neither company has made any public statements about any kind of settlement, but that may change within the next few hours or days.
Where does that leave the Fallout MMO? We don’t know yet. But a settlement, to me, implies that both sides are going to get something they want, and I have a feeling that Bethesda doesn’t want this thing to move forward in its current form. When we find out more, we’ll certainly update you with the latest. Blam.