Fallout MMO threatened by financial strife at Interplay

If you were a console owner in the 1990s, you most likely played the shit out of some Interplay games. The publisher never had the global clout or polished style of a Capcom or EA, but then again, they did have Rock 'n' Roll Racing, which was inarguably one of the greatest things made by people in the closing years of the 20th Century, so there's that. But like other 90s touchstones whose star shone too bright to endure, Interplay has fallen on hard times – bringing their one remaining star property, the tenaciously-retained Fallout Online, into jeopardy.

The company’s Lost Vikings definitely featured the finest utilization of beards in any videogame – recently filed dire financial details with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. You can find the report here. Put it this way: you personally almost certainly have better credit than Interplay (I do, and I'm currently saving up for a Big Mac). The company's cash-on-hand for the 2010 financial year-end was listed as $3000 – whereas a $2.8 million operating deficit includes payments owed to the company's directors and taxes unpaid since 2008.

Above: Forlorn teaser artwork for Fallow Online

Interplay hopes to claw their way out of the bleak situation with licensed updates to past properties such as Clayfighter, Earthworm Jim and Battle Chess (the last of which is actually even less exciting than you're probably picturing). However, the company's Fallout MMO, a title announced five years ago whose rights Bethesda continues to pursue a legal right to, could be a casualty of the struggle – which would be gravy for Bethesda, and probably cause old-school Fallout fans to literally explode into mushroom clouds. Due to Interplay’s financial problems, the likelihood that a Fallout MMO will see the light of day seems grim. “We may not be able to develop a Fallout MMOG,” says Interplay in the SEC filing, getting right to the point.

Jun 1, 2011

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  • bigal0001 - June 2, 2011 5:47 p.m.

    I don't care who makes it, or when they do, I just want this game to be made dangit!
  • Rockmotron9000 - June 2, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    I just hope this will put an end to the whole "they're the original devs so they DESERVE to make this game!" argument. that got very old, very quickly. what i want to know is: what has Interplay been doing all this time? we really haven't seen very much from them in the way of concept art or anything, certainly not what you'd expect after them working on something for years. how much money did they really have to begin with?
  • MySistersMenstruationTastesFunny - June 2, 2011 3:02 a.m.

  • Bloodstorm - June 1, 2011 6:53 p.m.

    Them being in debt was the whole reason that Bethesda was looking for other talent to make Fallout Online. Then Interplay fought tooth and nail saying they had the fund and now that they have retained the right to make a Fallout MMO, they don't actually have the money for it. Smooth, Interplay.
  • DrRock - June 1, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    5 years and 2.8 million in debt. Rockin it hard Interplay.

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