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10. Re: More Fallout Online Legal News Nov 8, 2011, 01:00 Dev
Warskull wrote on Nov 8, 2011, 00:38:
Dev wrote on Nov 8, 2011, 00:03:
As for the bad faith, why in the world would they do that? Beth stands to get 12% royalties per the contract even IF interplay does an MMO, and thats with no risk and no work. Why in the world would they be unhappy if interplay got some investors and got off their butts and did a game and starting kicking them some free money?

Bethesda wants 100% of the Fallout money. They wanted the MMO rights, but they didn't want to pay for them. So they thought they could get them by default with the "must be in development clause." Then they starting throwing lawsuits at interplay, interplay escalated and both sides are now trying to make sure the other side loses all rights.
Anyone (including beth) would have been INSANE to pay interplay's $50 million asking price for the MMO rights of a failing franchise (at the time of purchase remember that interplay had done its best to drive the fallout franchise into the ground) that greedy interplay was demanding. A modern AAA MMO can take $100+ million to develop, and thats not including any costs to purchase the IP.

Beth made the smart move and paid the $6 million for all rights except MMO, and made the smart move of setting a condition that a failing and bankrupt company like interplay would have to go full on develop the MMO to keep it.

Remember, INTERPLAY SIGNED THE CONTRACT, and AGREED to these terms.

This comment was edited on Nov 8, 2011, 04:20.
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