The Interplay-Bethesda legal battle has been raging for some time now, but things just got interesting. Apparently, Interplay CEO Herve Caen has filed a document with the court in which he takes a few jabs at Bethesda's conduct during the legal proceedings. Not only that, but he demands reimbursement of all legal fees from Bethesda, totaling around $200,000.
Duck and Cover has obtained both the documents Interplay filed, Herve Caen's statements and the reimbursement demands.
Looks like things just got serious!
Interplay announced on Thursday that the company has signed definitive agreements with Masthead Studios concerning the development of Interplay’s post-apocalyptic Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG), code named “Project: V13", which has been under development at Interplay since November 2007 by some of the original Fallout creators
Masthead joined the project in early 2009 and development continues under Interplay’s direction and control. Project: V13 will utilize the proprietary tools and MMOG technology Masthead developed for its “Earthrise” project.
Commenting on the announcement, Interplay Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Herve Caen said, “Masthead’s technology is impressive and perfect for our Project: V13. Its team is passionate to bring our vision and game play to the market. This MMOG will have many unique features that we will disclose before launch of the public Beta in 2012.”
A couple days ago, we learned that Bethesda had hired new lawyers and would be appealing the decision made for the preliminary injunction with Interplay. Duck and Cover has obtained more transcripts from the legal battle (click the link for the full transcripts). DAC also posted a few bullet points from the transcripts for those of us who are intimidated by walls of text, or simply can't read. Take a look at the synopsis after the jump.
Project V-13 Concept Art
Interplay, developer of games such as Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics, has released to the public its latest in a long string of concept art for their ongoing project, Project V-13, the unannounced Fallout MMO. The newest addition to the bunch is called "Frozen Shipyard" and depicts an icy scene of maritime carnage, reminiscent of the ending of Titanic. As usual, Interplay gives no background information or explanation as to why any of this happened, and still leaves viewers of the art thinking "What happened here?" Concept artist Serg Souleiman included this along with the picture in the Interplay forums.
In 2007, Interplay sold Bethesda Softworks the rights to Fallout. A while back, Bethesda Softworks filed a lawsuit against Interplay for trademark infringement, specifically the use of the Fallout IP. The suit was to stop development on Interplay's Fallout MMO and to disallow the company from selling its older Fallout titles. It appears that Bethesda's injunction has been denied by a Maryland district court.
We've stumbled upon one more piece of concept art for Interplay's Fallout MMO, Project V13. This time we're given four sketches of houses that have seen better days.
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More concept art has been 'released' for Interplay's Project V13, aka the Fallout MMO. The Vault claims they were acquired from an "anonymous, but reliable source" and they're part of Interplay's defense in a lawsuit filed against the developer by Fallout-rights holder Bethesda.
Interplay's Chris Taylor recently released four pieces of concept art for the studio's new MMO based on the Fallout universe. Yes, the game is still in development despite the legal issues that have surrounded it. Take a look.