There are very few PC games as widely beloved as the Fallout franchise. True computer RPG fans swear by Fallout, claiming it to be the greatest execution of CRPG tradition stuffed withunrivaled originality and complexity.
The latest in the series, Fallout 2, became a hugely popular, fan-favorite hit amongst the PC gaming community, but it's been nearly 10 years since it was released. Rumors and speculation about the supposedly inevitable Fallout 3 have come and gone over the years, with the involvement of Bethesda, creators of the acclaimed Elder Scrolls series, being discussed in various interviews, but the entire situation remained foggy at best.
As of today, though, that's all changed.Bethesda has now taken full control of the project. Recently filed SEC reports have confirmed that Bethesda has purchased the entire intellectual property of Fallout from previous owner Interplay for a sum of $5.75 million. This brings the IP of the beloved franchise into the hands of one of the most revered PC developers of current times, a move that is likely to excite many, many gamers. The move is a strange reversal of fortunes,sinceBethesda was previously licensing the IP for the creation of Fallout 3 from Interplay. Now, Interplay islicensing the IP from Bethesda for the upcoming and currently untitled Fallout MMO.
Bethesda's Pete Hines spoke recently with ShackNews about the upcoming third installment of the Fallout franchise, which the developer has been working on for a while now, and expressed his devotion to upholding the franchise's standard of quality:
…we're a bunch of Fallout geeks. There is nobody [here] who hasn't played that game and enjoyed it. I have that game on my laptop, I take it with me and play it. But it's definitely different, because it's not really considered ours, the franchise. We didn't start it. There is a little bit of that sentiment out there that we have to prove that we're worthy to be the guys to make Fallout 3. I don't think there's anything wrong with that, because we have very high expectations for ourselves. The standard that we hold ourselves to, the kind of games we expect to make in terms of quality, we have a very high level of expectation. There's really nothing like the people from the outside expecting more than we expect ourselves.
So there you have it. Fallout 3 is in good hands and is currently under development. Looks like it is time to dust off the old CDs and relive the originals in anticipation of the future favorite.