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Fallout Online still accepting beta applications despite legal dispute

Fallout Online, the MMO being developed by the back-from-the-dead Interplay (the series' creator), started accepting open beta applications last month. The game was announced under the working title, Project V13, and all that's been released thus far is a smattering of early concept art, a brief FAQ, and the minisite where you can sign up for beta eligibility. Note that signing up does not guarantee beta inclusion, though it does add you to the game's newsletter list.

The site is very official-looking, but we're still unclear on the game's legal status. Bethesda purchased the rights to the Fallout franchise from Interplay in 2007, and made a deal allowing Interplay to develop the MMO. After the deal, however, Bethesda claimed that Interplay breached contract, and the two companies entered a legal dispute. Does the creation of the official website imply that a settlement has been reached?

We contacted Bethesda for a comment, but are still awaiting a response. Interplay has not made a statement either - Lead Systems Designer Chris Taylor commented in their forums last month, "We cannot discuss the lawsuit. Thank you for your understanding."

Chris Taylor is one of Fallout's original designers (not to be confused with the other Chris Taylor, who's known for Dungeon Siege). Also working on the project is Jason Anderson, a lead artist on the original. Interplay has also expressed an interest in getting Fallout's original composer, Mark Morgan, back for the game. We honored Morgan last week in a Fallout 2 edition of Game Music of the Day.

We'll update when we have more information on the game, its legal status, and the beta test. Until then, take a look at Interplay's FAQ for a rundown of the team's design philosophy.

Jul 6, 2010

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5 comments

  • Ultima - October 18, 2010 6:14 a.m.

    I dont want to set the world on fire, I just want to start a flame in your heart :)
  • Defguru7777 - July 6, 2010 11:15 p.m.

    Fallout 3's music was good, but it got repetitive. I'm not sure exactly how many songs are in it, but it seemed like each radio station only had about five songs.
  • CandiedJester - July 6, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    I signed up a little while ago. I am super excited for this, if it is actually real, that is. It seems like a myth almost. lol. But if this game ever comes out, my life is over, because it will all be spent playing this.
  • CrashmanX - July 6, 2010 8:24 p.m.

    That would explain why I was able to sign up last month. Though its quite odd that we havent heard anything else about this game really.
  • vigilant - July 6, 2010 8:18 p.m.

    They Should get Inon Zur to do the music for the game, it was fantastic in fallout 3, really showed the contrast from the vintage music also played.

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