Fallout Online coming in 2012, will be 'extremely funny'

Remember the in-development Fallout MMORPG, Fallout Online? If not, here's the gist: A while back, Interplay, the publisher of Fallout 1 and 2, licensed Fallout from its new and current owner, Bethesda Softworks (not without a bit of legal dispute), to create an MMO based on the series. While we haven't heard or seen much of the game, it's apparently progressing well. That's great news, because it could be totally awesome. Totally.

Above: Early concept art for Fallout Online, from when it was still code-named "PV13"

Speaking to Edge Magazine, Interplay president Eric Caen commented, "We have 90 people working on it. Even in January 2009, you were already able to move across the world." 

Fallout Online is scheduled to begin beta testing in 2012, and Interplay plans to release the game in the second half of that year. At least the timeline seems realistic - creating an MMO is no walk in a radiation-free park. But with a team that's 90 strong, over a year before the beta, and a record of brilliance, Interplay may be on its way to delivering our new favorite massively-multiplayer online game.

Caen continued, "An MMOG must be a lot deeper than a standalone game. It’s not a shooting game we’re making. You can shoot, but it’s a very small portion of the game. The game itself is about reconstructing the world. What is unique about our project is how we’re trying to get it into many communication systems.

"This is a big problem for World Of Warcraft, because the fantasy universe is not compatible with modern communication systems. It would be odd to receive an SMS from a troll. But in a post-apocalyptic world…"

...Things get awesome! 

Caen also made a diplomatic-but-honest comment about Bethesda's treatment of the series, saying, "We appreciate some portions of [Bethesda's work], and we’re not necessarily fans of everything. I think they miss a lot of the humour, and the fans seem to agree with that. Fallout 3 was a little bit too serious - that’s definitely not where we’re going. Our Fallout MMOG will be extremely funny."

It's true, humor was a big part of Fallout 1 and 2, and we're excited to see how it's handled in the MMO environment. That is, assuming we don't all die before the game is finished like the people who built Y2K bunkers seem to think we will. Wait... but then we could be living the Fallout MMO! That would be cool! Until someone stabbed us for a piece of bread, of course.

Despite being a ways out, you can register for updates and put your foot forward as a possible beta tester on the game's official site.

The full interview is available in Edge 221.

Oct 22, 2010


  • CaptSmirnoff - April 16, 2012 12:16 p.m.

    I've played everyone of the fallout series and personally i liked new vegas but it left me wanting more and an mmorpg is just the way to go with this franchise for one reason is so that we the gamers can kill anything in our way...Together as one big happy fat man launching family...
  • jimi-di-perna - May 6, 2012 9:30 p.m.

    Haha true bro, i just hope with it being an mmo we can kill whoever/ whenever the f*** we want still! Obviously have like a respone time for other players who don't wanna make that choice.
  • jimi-di-perna - January 5, 2012 11:55 p.m.

    I love fallout now. took a bit getting used to but i got really sick of all the mmorpg games restricting my creativity. i love how you can finish a quest ANY way you think possible. and they have consequences for all of them. I played rage and i liked how the shooting was more shooterish than it was for fallout, in fallout you aim at someone and it has a chance of missing which idk is realistic or not but if i'm aiming down my iron sights at you i should hit also matters how high your skill is sure but still. rage sucked because it was two short.2 disks and u go to 3 towns and you barley get to loot anything.fallout is on one disk and almost everything is allowed to be picked up. Fall out New Vegas is what i am currently playing and i love every minute of it.till it freezes on me at an important moment or auto saves while i'm getting killed -_- but besides that i like the many different types of Armour and clothing there is. But if the online fallout decides to make hundreds of clothing options more than that i would def not mind. customizing my character is my all time favorite part. just being able to look at someone and say " hey i like what he's wearing" and shoot the guy in the fuckin face and you can take what he had on! its awesome! i like the amount of humor Vegas had personally. i don't need much, or any for that matter but its nice to have. why not right? i'd be making jokes all the time in a post apocalyptic world with all the stress of maybe being stabbed for like he said ^^^ a piece of bread haha. more humor would be nice but it's not required i think personally i mean it is a dark and grim time settlement. everyone's killing everyone,btw the gore is amazing lol, wars are breaking out,cannibals,screwed up looking people and monsters everywhere. everything destroyed i mean it doesn't sound to me like the most comedic place ever but hey. a little humors good just not too much i just don't want them to over do it. personally i like vegas and what it had,not perfect but what game is? COD? pffft ya ok. I'm liking what Bethesda is bringing to the table and an online game would be awesome. even better if they made a mmorpg of it for the xbox so i can use a controller and hide in my room but i dont see that happening. I'd probbably end up losing my friends too playing that all day and night long and it seems pretty damn good for me too haha. sides no matter how bad my karma gets my true companions always stay :p
  • Farki - December 21, 2011 10:28 p.m.

    OOOOO Fallout online is going to be the reason I lose all friends, girlfriend and family... strangely, I'm okay with that! XD
  • Laksen - May 21, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    I think Bethesda set a new standard in RPG's, with lots of contents and new things to explore. The humor was great and it had some nice easter eggs. I have no idea why someone would not like that kind of RPG. I hope the online version takes a big step away from the typical MMORPG's like WoW. Kitanishi, if you think fallout 1, and 2 was better, then you live in a long forgotten world and you will end up miserable playing just old school games. I am truly sry for that. ;)
  • TheWizard92 - October 25, 2010 8:20 p.m.

    Haha I love Bethesda. :P
  • Kitanishi - October 25, 2010 2:35 p.m.

    @Genericpenisjoketista Then maybe you should not play fallout. Seriously, go play Fallout 1 pr 2(aka the REAL fallout and not the "Oblivion: The Grimdark Apocalyptic FPS Edition" that was FO3). Fallout is not survival horror. Its not drama. Its not horror. Fallout is black comedy that parodies the fear of nuclear fallout that reigned in the world during 40's-60's. Original fallout games were highly satyrical, containing a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor, parodies and references to real world politics, culture and problems and etc. So yes. FO3 was too grim-dark. F3 was basically a shooter in dark post apocalyptic world. That is Bethesda Betrayed ALL that is fallout. For one, the comment about FO mmo being funny reassures me that these guys know what Fallout is.
  • caldoggies - September 17, 2011 11:02 p.m.

    shut the fu*k up fallout 1 and 2 are absolute sh*t thats why they went broke bethesda are the best thing thats happened to these games. they are the reason its good
  • Farki - December 21, 2011 10:26 p.m.

    Man u obviously have no idea what your talking about. Fallout 1, 2 and tactics are the reason why Fallout 3 even had a shot. Interplay created something like 10 years ago that is still an enjoyment to play today. The ideas and creativity behind it back then was unique and well developed and Bethesda should be kissing Inteplay's royal a** for allowing them to use the name/rights. No doubt I loved Fallout 3 kinda just because it was new and the most recent installment, but it was more of a novelty and got old fast. Fallout New Vegas was kinda the same, except in a different zone, not much creativity there. They are the reason its good? Hahahaha your such a yout! XD
  • Farki - December 21, 2011 10:30 p.m.

    "So yes. FO3 was too grim-dark. F3 was basically a shooter in dark post apocalyptic world. That is Bethesda Betrayed ALL that is fallout." Gotta agree with you, especially after playing Oblivion. I thought Fallout 3 was something special till I played Oblivion(which came out before F3) and realized, they just took the same game and changed the items. What a cop-out!
  • Genericpenisjoketista - October 25, 2010 3:19 a.m.

    Fallout 3 was too serious? You have got to be kidding me. The thing had way too many jokes and fourth-wall breaking winks to be taken seriously. I want a truly depressing apocalyptic world. DO YOU HEAR ME?!
  • NightCrawler_358 - October 24, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    Uh, maybe it will turn out like FFXIV... I'd appreciate Elder Scrolls V much more. (I know it would be different devs)
  • dropdeadjames - October 24, 2010 4:27 p.m.

    @ozymandias If this is true I'm really disappointed. I wish I enjoyed the Fallout series as much as everyone else, but it didn't really appeal to me. I'm thinking of giving it another try but I just wasn't a huge fan, personally. But how it Bethesda going to put out 3 freakin' Fallout games in a row without releasing another TES? And where are you getting your information because everything is rather tight lipped regarding TES5.
  • Ozymandias916 - October 23, 2010 8:33 p.m.

    @ dropdeadjames No, but you CAN speculate that Fallout 4 will be/had BETTER be freaking amazing because Todd Howard has reportedly pulled everyone at Bethesda off of ES 5 to work on F4. And now Bethesda is giving over The Elder Scrolls V: Alinor to an outside developer, like Obsidian with New Vegas. Bethesda DOES say that at least they've done all the pre-development on it, and have given this developer a clear direction on what they expect.
  • AA95mp - October 23, 2010 5:37 p.m.

    yeah f3 was too serious hopefull we'll be seeing more humor in the future.
  • nemesisuprising - October 23, 2010 2:13 p.m.

    @the people talking about bugs, different engine and different guys did read the article right?
  • PipBowl420 - October 23, 2010 3:20 a.m.

    hah it's my un-Nostradamus prediction that not many people will be playing fallout online... In fact, not many people will be playing any games for a small portion of that year lol video games will then seem like such a waste of time, and most of all, video games won't nearly as entertaining as their lives lol They won't believe their lives, they won't believe their past, they will enjoy what they will for their future. Hell, video games might just completely drop out of popularity, and people will be then playing their lives. Hopefully they'll treat the new games that they will enjoy with respect, as it is also a life, as they are a life, alive. joy to the world! Entertainment is for those who aren't peaceful with their lives.
  • BigDikMurphy - October 23, 2010 1:29 a.m.

    Jumpin' Jesus on a whole wheat cracker! I will lose months of my life to this game!
  • PipBowl420 - October 22, 2010 11:36 p.m.

    yo... this all sounds absolutely BADASS... but seriously.. I won't be buying NewVegas until the GameOfTheYear comes out for that, and even then, how will I know all the bugs will be fixed.. cuz while watching a demonstration online, of FallOut NewVegas... there was a glitch in the demonstration.. BAD SIGN lol
  • JohnnyMaverik - October 22, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    @ Psyphos And Duke Nukem Forever, although of course, the world will end before any of them are out :(

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