Fallout MMOG Could Enter Beta in 2012

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Fallout MMOG Could Enter Beta in 2012

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Interplay has signed a definitive agreement with Masthead Studios to continue development of its post-apocalyptic MMOG, codenamed Project: V13, planning to reach the public beta phase by 2012.

Despite the legal battle swirling between Interplay and Bethesda on the rights to the IP of the Fallout universe, Interplay is continuing the development of its post-apocalyptic MMOG. Depending on how the judge rules, the MMOG may bear the Fallout name when it is released. Project: V13 has been in development at Interplay since 2007 by some of the designers who worked on the original Fallout back in 1997. Masthead Studios joined the production team in 2009, and will bring its experience creating the sci-fi MMOG, Earthrise, to bear on Project: V13.

"Masthead's technology is impressive and perfect for our Project: V13. Its team is passionate to bring our vision and game play to the market," said Herve Caen, CEO of Interplay. "This MMOG will have many unique features that we will disclose before launch of the public Beta in 2012."

The legal struggles between Interplay and Bethesda have been well-reported and it's hard to divorce this announcement from those proceedings. It was recently revealed that Bethesda has been working on a huge MMOG, but it is based on the Elder Scrolls IP. Does this announcement mean to show the judge that Interplay is more committed to bringing a Fallout MMOG to the market than Bethesda is?

It sure couldn't hurt.

Source: Videogamer

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Anyone got a quote from Bethesda about this? Maybe along the lines of "Not if we have anything to do with it".

Maybe Bethesda were hoping to do with the Fallout MMO what they did with Fallout 3: Reskin a pre-existing Elder Scrolls and call it new.

CANNOT WAIT!!!! This is the only other MMO i'll ever put any time into, ever. Original fallout devs definitely have me psyched.

Development started in 2007 and it'll continue until at least 2012? The game is likely going to show its age, and do so quite badly...

So, let me sum this up:
We get:

An Elder Scrolls MMO
An Fallout MMO

...
I can die a happy man

I see a huge chance for epic win in this project but I'm willing to bet this is going to turn into the Fallout version of Duke Nuken Forever.

Jandau:
Development started in 2007 and it'll continue until at least 2012? The game is likely going to show its age, and do so quite badly...

"in development" is a very vague term, and could just mean there was an approved proposal on someone's desk.

I hope I latch onto it more than I have other MMO's in the past. Which is not at all.

And I hope they respect the canon.

THE CANON MUST BE RESPECTED!!

Jandau:
Development started in 2007 and it'll continue until at least 2012? The game is likely going to show its age, and do so quite badly...

Nah, most MMO's development stages last just a couple years shorter of this. This one, however, has been hit with a lot of roadblocks. I'm willing to bet they've just now started hard coding the game itself, and finally passed the concept and design phase.

Hmm... I would be more interested in this..
except..
1. the feeling of loneliness will inevitably be destroyed by the chat box being filled up with duel and party join requests.
2. They haven't given any info on subscription fees. I wish more MMOs would take on the Guild Wars model.

I think Post-Apocalyptia would be the perfect setting for a MMO.
I look forward to seeing if they finish it.

TheDoctor455:
2. They haven't given any info on subscription fees. I wish more MMOs would take on the Guild Wars model.

You mean the "Makes you really bitterly wish you hadn't just wasted money on this shite" approach?

Post-Apocalypse MMO = Sounds good

Fallout MMO = No thanks

Furburt:
I hope I latch onto it more than I have other MMO's in the past. Which is not at all.

And I hope they respect the canon.

THE CANON MUST BE RESPECTED!!

Or we will fire you out of a cannon!!

It is kind of hard to be too much of a canon-stickler when the IP in question is Fallout, since the beloved originals were themselves prone to pop-culture jokes and breaking the 4th wall at times, but so help me I will see the continuity intact or nerd rage will be upon us!

*starts to smack head on the table* GOD DAMN IT BETHESDA! WHY DO YOU NEED TO STOP INTERPLAY? YOUR ALREADY MAKING AN MMO, LET THEM MAKE THEIRS! oh and Bethesda? if all else fails, just BUY them

DarkSaber:

TheDoctor455:
2. They haven't given any info on subscription fees. I wish more MMOs would take on the Guild Wars model.

You mean the "Makes you really bitterly wish you hadn't just wasted money on this shite" approach?

I was talking about a subscription fee model, not game design.

I'd be interested but like TheDoctor455 said, the atmosphere could be completely ruined.

A fallout MMOG could be really...really good...then again, bad too.

I hope it keeps faithful and it dosnt ruin it all...

Lookign forward to more news!

TheDoctor455:
Hmm... I would be more interested in this..
except..
1. the feeling of loneliness will inevitably be destroyed by the chat box being filled up with duel and party join requests.

This. The power of Fallout is being alone. Imagine Fallout 3 with 50 other people running in fighting with you....no....I will happily try this game, but expect it to be not quite right.

Phishfood:

TheDoctor455:
Hmm... I would be more interested in this..
except..
1. the feeling of loneliness will inevitably be destroyed by the chat box being filled up with duel and party join requests.

This. The power of Fallout is being alone. Imagine Fallout 3 with 50 other people running in fighting with you....no....I will happily try this game, but expect it to be not quite right.

They could make it so that server sizes are kept small and that outside of instances you're alone, but when you get into instances or whatever then a few more people show up. Maybe make it so that clans are only the size of small squads or fire teams so that combat is squad-based rather than army-based.

Gildan Bladeborn:

It is kind of hard to be too much of a canon-stickler when the IP in question is Fallout, since the beloved originals were themselves prone to pop-culture jokes and breaking the 4th wall at times-

Yeah but don't tell any of the fans of the first two games that or they'll openly deny it and consistently claim that Bethesda did everything wrong and Fallout was SUPER SERIAL about its canon before then.

Oooh, maybe this is what the Mayan calendar (or whoever it was) keeps getting misquoted as! The end of A world in 2012, just not a real one?

Damn, I'd love a Fallout MMORPG

If not for the fact that Interplay also announced sequels to Descent, MDK, Earthworm Jim, and fucking Clayfighter then I could probably take this seriously.

GamingAwesome1:
I see a huge chance for epic win in this project but I'm willing to bet this is going to turn into the Fallout version of Duke Nuken Forever.

Glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks this.

OT. It would be nice, that's for sure.

Uhhh, I'm pretty sure a Fallout MMO would be redundant what with Fallen Earth already on top of the post-apocalypse MMO market and all.

2012?

Big whoop; it's 2010, now. Be fucked if I'm waiting two years for a beta that's been worked on SINCE LAST YEAR.

But the world is going to end in 2012, why must they tease us so?

Though it would be kind of fitting.

Fail.

Yes, the atmosphere would be destroyed by the screaming chimpanzees of the internet.

Now that's an MMO I would play. Unless there's a subscription fee. Which there probably will be.

Oh I get how it's a beta, Since the real Apocalypse will happen at the end of that year. Clever move guys!

DarkSaber:

TheDoctor455:
2. They haven't given any info on subscription fees. I wish more MMOs would take on the Guild Wars model.

You mean the "Makes you really bitterly wish you hadn't just wasted money on this shite" approach?

Wow. So, unless you're forced to pay monthly and devote massive amounts of personal time the game is "shite"?

Dirty Apple:

DarkSaber:

TheDoctor455:
2. They haven't given any info on subscription fees. I wish more MMOs would take on the Guild Wars model.

You mean the "Makes you really bitterly wish you hadn't just wasted money on this shite" approach?

Wow. So, unless you're forced to pay monthly and devote massive amounts of personal time the game is "shite"?

I'm fairly sure he thinks the game is "shite" just because he thinks it's "shite". Try to keep up.

Furburt:
I hope I latch onto it more than I have other MMO's in the past. Which is not at all.

And I hope they respect the canon.

THE CANON MUST BE RESPECTED!!

Hail the Fallout bible!

I really hope Interplay wins the rights to the franchise. I don't want to see Bethesda ruin yet another outstanding IP. And if Interplay doesn't win, I'll still flock to their MMO regardless of what they're calling it. (While boycotting Beth's attempt.)

This is gonna be awesome.

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