The longstanding legal battle between publishers Interplay and Bethesda is finally over, and the victor (mostly) is Bethesda. The company now owns most rights to the Fallout brand, including those to the MMO Interplay was planning; Interplay is still permitted to sell Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout: Tactics until December 2013, at which point Bethesda takes those over. And just to seal the deal, the "purported" developer of the MMO, Masthead Studios, has agreed to have no involvement with it whatsoever.
It's not all bad news for Interplay, though, as they get a cool $2 million from the deal, though it's likely a good chunk of that will serve to make up for all the lawyer fees and such.
Robert Altman, chairman and CEO of Bethesda's parent company ZeniMax says he's happy it's all over and done with, as you'd think.
"While we strongly believe in the merits of our suits, we are pleased to avoid the distraction and expense of litigation while completely resolving all claims to the Fallout IP. Fallout is an important property of ZeniMax and we are now able to develop future Fallout titles for our fans without third party involvement or the overhang of others' legal claims."
Longtime fans of the series that were hoping for another "true" installment will just have to keep an eye on Obsidian Entertainment, it seems.