Interplay: Fallout 6 could be ours

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by Brother None, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. Vik

    Vik It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jan 6, 2011
    Interplay would most likely still consider New Vegas canon. Unless they are complete assholes.
  2. Ausir

    Ausir Venerable Relic of the Wastes

    Apr 20, 2003
    Interplay would not have rights to use any of the stuff created by Bethesda and Obsidian for FO3 and FNV.

    BTW, I'm looking at the 2004 licensing contract and I think Bethesda could block Interplay's Fallout 6 by licensing but not releasing their "Fallout 5". I don't see any clause anywhere that the license will terminate if Bethesda doesn't release Fallout 5 by date X. On the contrary, "the timing and exercise of all rights granted hereunder being matters entirely withing the discretion of Bethesda".

    So if I were Bethesda, if IPLY won back the rights, I'd fuck them over by officially working on Fallout 5 in perpetuity, since the contract is terminated only if Bethesda gives written notice that it doesn't want to make another sequel.
  3. Sicblades

    Sicblades Antediluvian as Feck

    Aug 28, 2008
    Why are you giving Bethesda's lawyer advice?

    They would have surely fucked that one up on their own.
  4. Kerr-Plomb

    Kerr-Plomb It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jan 1, 2009
    I thought the same thing and they should be intelligent enough to come to the same conclusion.

    All in all I still think Obsidian would do the best job on an own Fo5, better than the company Interplay as of today.

    @Ausir: Is there some more information about your appeal?
  5. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    So Interplay wins Fallout back and then what? they fuck up again and sell it again?
  6. Ausir

    Ausir Venerable Relic of the Wastes

    Apr 20, 2003
    My appeal?
  7. Lexx

    Lexx Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Moderator Modder

    Apr 24, 2005
    From your signature.
  8. Ausir

    Ausir Venerable Relic of the Wastes

    Apr 20, 2003
    Ah. All the necessary details are under the link.
  9. Starwars

    Starwars Mildly Dipped

    Sep 17, 2006
    I don't like Bethesda's direction on the series at all but at this point, I have to say that just the thought of the franchise being in the hands of the Caens makes me rage like a madman. Original developers be damned.
  10. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Hazel Hegemon oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010
    No matter who wins, I will be very sad on the day the court announces its decision.
  11. mobucks

    mobucks woof Orderite

    May 22, 2010
    5 years from now.
  12. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Hazel Hegemon oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010
    Another sad fact is that I'll (possibly) have to wait that long.
  13. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    Wouldn't it be nice if the verdict was the following?

    * from a fictional paper article *

    In a surprise twist regarding the franchise ownership and property rights of the Fallout IP, the court ruled that either sides were incompetent in handling it and neither of them would receive the rights.

    After the case our reporter spoke with Vault Boy, mascot and icon of the Fallout franchise.

    Vault Boy "Truth be told, this comes as a relief to me. For the last decade I felt I was trapped in some terrible nightmare I could not escape from. Surrounded by creepy strangers who ordered me to dress funny and act like an idiot."

    When asked what his immediate future plans were Vault Boy told our reporter that he would take a vacation for the time being to rediscover himself and the Fallout franchise.

    "Long term fans do not need to worry, I just want to rediscover again what made the original Fallout games so good before the franchise was soiled with terrible ideas and releases. Hopefully in a couple of years I will be back."
  14. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Hazel Hegemon oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010
    Dream come true... :lol:
  15. Geech

    Geech It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Dec 2, 2008
    This might work for a while, and it might succeed in forcing Interplay into another legal battle, but I don't think Bethesda could hold the license hostage indefinitely with this tactic. The original license to develop the three games was clearly signed with the expectation that Bethesda would actually develop and publish the games. Refusing to develop a third game without relinquishing control of the license would constitute a material breach of the contract, which would free Interplay from their obligations in the deal, allowing them to do whatever they pleased with the license, and allow them to sue for damages.

    Proving that Bethesda did not intend to make the game could be problematic for Interplay, especially since the contract contains no specific time-frame for completion. However, a court could force Bethesda to provide evidence for the game's development as part of discovery, just as the court forced Interplay to do for their MMOG. Even when there is no clearly defined time for performance in a contract, a reasonable time is considered implied. I don't have any idea what would constitute a reasonable time for the development of a videogame, but it certainly does not include holding on to the license indefinitely.

    There are two important caveats I want to include. The first of these is that I'm not a lawyer but an accountant, and it's definitely possible that my understanding of contract laws is flawed. The second is that I think there is basically no chance that ownership of the IP reverts back to Interplay, so this is totally academic.
  16. mvBarracuda

    mvBarracuda Vault Dweller

    Apr 11, 2004
    There are tools for that, it case it's just a Mediawiki template for a [[Category:]] tag:
  17. jdprince45

    jdprince45 First time out of the vault

    Oct 27, 2010
    Since you are an accountant, I had a question ( my knowledge of the stock market is woeful) . Interplay has a stock symbol of IPLY. On CNBC it says there are 122,700,000 outstanding shares, currently at 7 cent a share. So if i am figuring correctly they have a worth of about $ 9 million. Someone posted a while back why Bethesda didn't just buy interplay and I was wondering why not. If they owned more that 51% of the company stock they could not control the company? I just thought as stupid as bethesda's lawyers seem to be (again from a person with no legal experience) buying them looks to be a better cheaper solution. Or am I looking at this too simply ?

  18. Huntman

    Huntman First time out of the vault

    Jun 15, 2010
    I was wondering the same thing. You'd think Bethesda's made enough from Fallout 3 alone to make it worthwhile to just buy the company and end the lawsuit there. At 7¢ a share it can't be that much to just buy them outright. Then again I probably don't understand it.
  19. Bad_Karma

    Bad_Karma Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Jun 17, 2007
    I will laugh really hard if Bethesda is now loosing their IP because they wanted to fuck with Interplay...
    Hmm does anyone know a side for 'stupidly failed legal measures'? I'm just interested on how other companies fucked up, to see if it's just Bethesda.
  20. Kerr-Plomb

    Kerr-Plomb It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jan 1, 2009
    In the end the Ip will be handed over to the community and Interplay, Bethesda and Oblivion have to work together to build a fallout based on a concept entirely made by the community itself.