Interplay labels Bethesda’s Fallout MMO lawsuit claims “absurd”

Interplay are fighting back in their current legal struggle with Bethesda. The original Fallout developer (who sold on the franchise to Bethesda in 2007) has got into a spot of trouble with the publisher over the development of Fallout: Online. We know that Bethesda did indeed license Interplay to create an online Fallout title, but they claim that they licensed the franchise in name only, forbidding use of similar settings, characters, and other aspects.

In response, Interplay have filed a response, stating: “Bethesda’s interpretation requires Interplay to develop and release an MMOG under the Fallout name, but unrelated to the Fallout brand,” read Interplay’s response to Bethesda’s recent claims. “First, this is not only absurd, but is specifically prohibited [emphasis Interplay’s] by the agreement because Interplay was only granted a ‘license and right to use the Licensed Marks on and in connection with its FALLOUT-branded MMOG … and for no other purpose. It was not the parties’ intent that Interplay create, for example, an online baseball game or poker game called ‘Fallout.'”

According to the ex-Fallout dev, Bethesda’s claims are “without merit” and they would gladly present evidence proving so. What will the rest of this year bring for the seemingly endless battle?