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‘Fallout’ In Real Life? Bethesda Sues Interplay Over Use Of Fallout License

Bethesda has officially filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court in Maryland against Interplay asking for a preliminary and permanent injunction against Interplay’s operations concerning the ‘Fallout Trilogy’ of Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics.

Gamasutra has obtained a copy of that complaint. It states specifically that Interplay broke the rules of the agreement, signed in 2007, regarding manufacture, sale, and distribution of the trilogy. Specifically, Interplay’s signing agreements with digital distribution engines (e.g.: STEAM, Direct2Drive, etc), among other things, was considered a breach of the contract.

Bethesda is also, of course, asking that the court formally declare the agreement between the two companies as terminated.

For more, check out Kris Graft’s article over at Gamasutra.

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  • Surely folks playing the original games generates buzz for the new ones including Fallout Vegas. This seems churlish and counter-productive on Bethesda’s part.

  • It doesn’t matter about the ‘buzz’ that playing the originals generates. What matters here is that Interplay broke the rules of a binding contract which they signed 2 years ago. It’s a business decision, and Bethesda is protecting itself.