Although the spat between publishers Bethesda and Interplay might have unsettled fans in hope of seeing that long-in development Fallout MMO ever making it to store shelves, let the following be known: Interplay president Eric Caen confirmed during an interview that Fallout Online will in fact be releasing in 2012. And not only that, a beta is already planned for it as well.
“I can’t say too much. What I can say is that everyone who is registered is getting a newsletter every five or six weeks. The content is not a typical newsletter with a lot of technical information; it’s letters from NPCs about what they’re experiencing. We’re giving a lot of hints about the future of the game. We have a beta scheduled for 2012, with the commercial launch in the second half of 2012.”
Any kind of information about the MMO is lacking and ever so hard to find. But as you read the quote above, you might have realized that the newsletter is cryptically providing hints about the game, so you might want to sign up for that. Also, Caen provided some insights, saying “Fallout 3 was a little bit too serious – that’s definitely not where we’re going. Our Fallout MMOG will be extremely funny.”
“What is unique about our project is how we’re trying to get it into many communication systems. This is a big problem for World of Warcraft, because the fantasy universe is not compatible with modern communication systems. It would be odd to receive an SMS from a troll. But in a post-apocalyptic world…”