Last week, it was reported that developer/publisher Interplay had inked a deal with Masthead Studios to begin work on an MMORPG based in the Fallout Universe. The project, known as Project: V13, has apparently been in development since 2007, but has seen multiple delays as a result of various legal squabbles with Bethesda Softworks.
Bethesda announced that they had acquired the rights to the Fallout intellectual property back in April of 2007, which meant that Interplay would have to become a licensee if they wished to continue with the project. Needless to say, amid various financial and legal troubles, the title has been pushed back many, many times in recent years.
Recently, however, the situation with Bethesda has slowly diffused, and Interplay is now focused on moving ahead with the project, regardless of how slowly. The companies chairman and CEO, Herve Caen, is enthusiastic about the partnership. “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. This MMOG will have many unique features that we will disclose before launch of the public beta in 2012” Caen says, though terms of the agreement have not yet been disclosed.
While creating an MMO based around Fallout seems like a cool concept, one has to wonder if Interplay still has the ability to churn out quality titles. That, coupled with the fact that the franchise was made relevant again by Bethesda’s Fallout 3, makes it hard to really see this doing well. Even so, some fans of the series were not pleased with Bethesda’s entry, so perhaps a return to its roots would do the series some good.