We all remember the lengthy battle between Interplay, the original holders of the Fallout License and Bethesda, the new holders of the license over the fate of Fallout Online that’s been going for near two years now. Fans wanting a real trek through an apocolyptic wasteland may be in for disappointment from the latest news out of Interplay.
Recently, Interplay released a financial report that showed losses of over a million dollars, and a total deficit of £2.5 million dollars, with the possibility of bankruptcy mention a few times. While Interplay have filed for bankruptcy in the past, there’s no guarantee for if the developer will die or be reborn. What is also unclear is if the rights to the MMO will fall to Bethesda due to the legal battle, and if it does, that they will rescue the ailing title. If Interplay does get the funding together though, the newest addition to an extensive list of MMO’s is slated for a 2012 release.
Earlier this week, Interplay announced that a licensing agreement with Bethesda, the company that behind the Fallout franchise, allowed them to include numerous aspects of the Fallout Universe in their upcoming MMO, which bears the same name.
However, Bethesda filed a court order against Interplay yesterday that the licensing agreement only gives Interplay the rights to use the Fallout name, but no other assets were included.
As a response to Interplay Bethesda stated, “The term ‘Fallout-branded MMOG’ is plain and clear on its face — it means an MMOG named ‘Fallout’. Bethesda gave Interplay a license to call its MMOG ‘Fallout’ if it met the conditions of the [trademark licensing agreement]. Nothing else was licensed to Interplay. Interplay offers a variety of merit less arguments to suggest that the plain reading of the [trademark licensing agreement] would render the agreement meaningless. Interplay is wrong. Its arguments to the contrary should be rejected.”
The outcome of this legal issue has yet to be seen, but it is likely that Interplay will not be able to use anything Fallout-related in their game, aside from the title, of course.
Earthworm Jim HD is not only the original Earthworm Jim in HD, but also has new exclusive levels, leader boards, 4-Player Co-op, and more! You can get a good look at all of the new features in the new trailer, after the jump.
Earthworm Jim HD is set for XBLA, and will eventually make its way to both PSN and WiiWare. The WiiWare version will have the updated visuals, but will lack 4-player co-op and, of course, HD.
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Yesterday, Earthworm Jim 4 was supposedly confirmed for Wii. Unfortunately, the confirmation turned out to be bogus. According to Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNapel, his words were horribly misinterpreted.
TenNapel straightened things out in his own words. “I need some real press source to straighten out these rumors. I read the initial post by the guy who put up the drawing I did for him and almost NOTHING in the post he wrote was true. I’m getting piles of letters asking me to confirm or deny the post and from what I’ve read it’s total disinformation.”
TenNapel did comment on the current status for the title though. “Interplay actually wants to do the game right! We’ve been talking about a game now for two years. They want me to be involved, but times in games are tough right now for everyone. They have to raise a lot of money to fund the game properly. So the way the guy posted it as Interplay wanting to do a rip off game is flat out false. In our early discussions about the game, we had tentatively brainstormed ideas for the Wii. That is NOT a confirmation like the guy posted. We haven’t presented the idea to Nintendo and all of what the guy posted in the article could actually jeopardize a real EWJ game coming out on the Wii, by Interplay involving me!”
So currently a no go on a new Earthworm Jim title, but it seems Interplay is interested in the project. In the mean time, we will just have to enjoy the DSiWare and HD remake of the first title.
We have known about the Earthworm Jim HD remake for awhile now that will be heading to XBLA, PSN, and WiiWare. But what about an entirely new Earthworm Jim title?
While no details have been announced, Doug TenNapel, creator of the Earthworm Jim series, confirmed that the fourth entry was still in development and that it is heading to, at least, the Wii.
According to TenNapel, Interplay wanted to make the fourth entry a quick and dirty release to make a quick buck. Thankfully, TenNapel stood up against them so more money and time is being put into development.
TenNapel made no mention of when we are going to hear about the title again or if it will be a full retail release or a downloadable title.
For now, you will just have to enjoy the HD remake when that comes out.
Bethesda’s and Interplay’s court case has leaked out some lovely information in the past including Interplay’s Fall Out MMO screenshots, but now the case is bringing us some information from Bethesda’s side.
The transcripts from the court case mentions that Bethesda is working on a “secret World of Warcraft type MMO.” The project has “tens and tens of millions of dollars” invested into it and has “close to a hundred people” working on it.
Bethesda attempted to have the details pulled from the transcript, but the internet is faster then Bethesda so the transcript has already spread.
These screens supposedly come from Interplay’s court case as a defense to Bethesda’s claims that interplay hasn’t started a full scale production on the Fallout MMO. They look nice, but all they really show is a character, a lot of brown, a ruined city, a mutant and more brown.
(Source: Fallout Wikia)