Bethesda sues Interplay over Fallout licence


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So they're finally doing it: after not showing any significant (if any) progress on the Fallout MMO, Bethesda are now suing Interplay. But for some strange reason, they are also suing over the original games.

Quoting Gamasutra:

Bethesda accused Interplay of trademark infringement, claiming that while Interplay was permitted to sell pre-existing Fallout games, it was required to submit to Bethesda all relevant packaging, advertising, and promotional material prior to bringing the catalog titles to market.

But Bethesda claimed that Interplay never sought pre-approval for those materials. The plaintiff said because of the alleged trademark infringement, consumers have become confused between the makers of the pre-existing Fallout games and Bethesda's more recent Fallout 3 -- a situation that Bethesda wanted to avoid.

Bethesda also accused Interplay of breaching the trademark agreement by signing licensing agreements with digital distribution sites like Steam,, and GameTap to sell older Fallout games. The company claimed Interplay's alleged actions have caused the studio "immediate, substantial, and irreparable harm."
Source: Gamasutra

Wait a minute...people have been confused over which is which? Those people must be fucking thick then, so if you're one of them, here's a hint: one is a isometric turn-based RPG, and the other is a 3D shooter RPG with FPS and TPS. Not exactly difficult.

Next, what exactly does this mean for the old series? Will Steam,, etc have to pull the games? Hopefully not, with any luck Bethesda will allow them to keep selling them. Worst case scenario: Bethesda completely blocks off all attempts to re-sell the original series, further pissing off the Fallout fan base and anyone who wishes to play the originals.