FALLOUT ONLINE coming soon to a computer screen near you

FALLOUT ONLINE coming soon to a computer screen near you

Post by Mike S » Tue, 21 Aug 2007 02:49:10

 
 
 

FALLOUT ONLINE coming soon to a computer screen near you

Post by WDS » Tue, 21 Aug 2007 12:25:35


"...the firm says it's ready to secure funding for "Fallout Online.""

A company looking for funding is hardly going to have their game
coming soon. Or even not-so-soon.

 
 
 

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Post by Mike S » Tue, 21 Aug 2007 17:23:07


I have absolutely no idea how long it takes to 'secure funding' for a
computer game but from the article I got the impression that Interplay
is committed to this MMO which is really all that mattered to me. I
apologize if my subject header gave you the wrong impression about the
content of the link.
 
 
 

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Post by magnat » Tue, 21 Aug 2007 17:59:13


That's a bit like me saying I'm committed to making a Hollywood
blockbuster about my dad. Until I "secure funding", it's meaningless.
(Ok so Interplay has released more games than I have made films, but
it's up to the reader to decide how much that's worth.)

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Post by Yukon Jac » Wed, 22 Aug 2007 05:13:35


If Bethesda bought the license to Fallout then how can Interplay still
retain the rights to make a game using the Fallout name? Looks to me like
Bethesda got a bad deal if Interplay can still do that. Bethesda paid big
bucks for the Fallout name too.
 
 
 

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Post by Mike S » Wed, 22 Aug 2007 06:11:30


I wondered about this to when I read the article. My best guess is
that when Interplay sold the rights to Bethesda, part of the deal was
that they would retain an exclusive license to make Fallout Online.
This may have made the purchase of the rights to Fallout cheaper for
Bethesda. That is just a guess, so please don't take it as gospel.
 
 
 

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Post by Mark Morri » Wed, 22 Aug 2007 20:35:18


I think that's the case - I seem to remember reading that somewhere.

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Post by WDS » Thu, 23 Aug 2007 01:51:42


IIRC Interplay is basically almost dead. This might be their last
gasp.

Wow. It's worse than I thought:

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Yeah, it's wikipedia so keep that in mind.

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Fallout online game

In a securities filing with the U.S. government made on November 30,
2006, an attached presentation proposed a massively multiplayer online
game based on the Fallout computer game franchise, which the company
previously published. The presentation projected that the company
would need investment of seventy-five million U.S. dollars to complete
the project, with production intended to begin January 2007 and a
launch date of 2010. The filing did not address the proposal in the
context of the company's financial debt.[6] In April 2007 Bethesda
Softworks announced that they had purchased the rights to the Fallout
franchise for a reported $5.75 million. The deal made Bethesda the
sole owner of the Fallout intellectual property with Interplay
becoming a licensee so they can continue to pursue a Fallout MMO.[7]

In Interplay's latest 8-K filing with the U.S. Government made on
April 12, 2007, an attached exhibit 10.49 has more updated information
on Interplay's planned Fallout MMOG[8]. Specific requirements were
stated in the agreement that if not met, Interplay would immediately
forfeit its license rights for Fallout. Neither the filing nor the
exhibit specifies any details of how Interplay will start development
within 24 months of April 2007 or how it will be able to acquire the
minimum financing requirement of US$30 million, seemingly a difficult
task for a company in such dire financial straits.
 
 
 

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Post by WDS » Thu, 23 Aug 2007 02:36:57


Oh, and even if they were to secure funding it would be 3 to 5 years
before the game was available. OK, scratch that. They'd release a
buggy, incomplete, and unbalanced version in 2 to 4 years. :-(
 
 
 

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Post by Quaesto » Thu, 23 Aug 2007 03:28:03


I bet I could do it for a tenth of that, a fifth at most (having done
some homework in support of my own mmorpg project). What a load of BS.
What are they going to spend all that money on?


That's better, but still they need to cut that by another half, at
least. Leave out the corporate jets, the $50 lunches, and other
extravagances, spend the money where it will do some good. You live
like a king After your project is a success, not before.


Ah, that would explain it, they are looking for money for all sorts of
things, such as a bail-out, not just the project that is the excuse for
all that. Dirty. They's just plain dirty.

Frankly, I have my doubts about such a game, which would presumably be
the same sort of universal grunge seen in Fallout, lacking the beauty
and imagery of a midieval fantasy, and I suspect that I, and a lot of
others, would quickly tire of it (mmo are not sp games).

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Post by Rick Corte » Thu, 23 Aug 2007 04:39:46


Booze and *** s.
 
 
 

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Post by Nostrom » Fri, 24 Aug 2007 07:01:22

Thus spake WDS < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, Tue, 21 Aug 2007 17:36:57 -0000, Anno
Domini:





Just in time to ride the coattails of the Oblivious FO3 fanbase! <G>

Actually, if they could secure funding & have it out within a year say of
FO3 being released (assuming that's a screaming hit with the mass marketing
consolitis crowd), they may be able to turn a profit...assuming also of
course that they get a competent mmo dev who doesn't *** it up royally.
For my dollar though, RIP Fallout - we'll always have DOSBox or Win
emulators to run it, at least for my lifetime :)

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Post by Zaghadk » Fri, 24 Aug 2007 09:07:03

On Mon, 20 Aug 2007 20:13:35 GMT, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.rpg, Yukon Jack





Interplay retained limited rights to produce FO online by becoming a licensee,
though it's not clear if they paid for the privilege or if it was part of the
terms of the sale to Bethesda.

Given the likelihood of Interplay producing *anything* from that license, and
no MMO plans of their own, the license of Fallout Online is easy money for
Bethesda. There are probably royalties involved if FO online is a success, too.

Interplay pretty much looks like a defunct company running out of a single
office issuing press releases at this point, however. They're going to have to
find someone to fund them, and don't seem to have a development team in place.

PR can lead to such things however, if anyone's willing to trust Interplay
again.

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