Bethesda Softworks, developers of the world-renowned Elder Scrolls series, have announced today that they have acquired the rights to develop and publish Fallout 3 -- a sequel to the highly popular Fallout series. Bethesda has licensed the rights to the Fallout franchise from Interplay in a deal that gives Bethesda exclusive worldwide rights to the series on the PC, home consoles, handhelds, and other media, as well as the rights to develop and publish additional sequels.
"We’re extremely excited about this opportunity and what it means both for
Bethesda and for Fallout fans around the world," said Vlatko Andonov, president of Bethesda Softworks. "Fallout is one of the great RPG franchises. Millions of Fallout games have been sold worldwide, and fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of a Fallout 3 title. Bethesda's proven expertise in this genre, building on our experience and the tremendous success we have enjoyed with our cutting-edge Elder Scrolls series, will enable us to create the next chapter of Fallout that is worthy of the franchise."
"This is a good agreement for both companies and for gamers." said Interplay Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Herve Caen about this development. "Although several parties had a high level of interest in licensing Fallout, we are most impressed by Bethesda’s execution of
role-playing titles. Bethesda is an ideal steward of the Fallout franchise."
Fallout 3 will be developed under the guidance of Todd Howard, executive producer of The Elder Scrolls. "We are overjoyed," said Howard about these developments. "Fallout is one of my favorite games, and we plan to develop a visually stunning and original game for Fallout 3 with
all the hallmarks of a great RPG: player choice, engaging story, and
What this development means in regards to Interplay's recently announced plans to develop a Fallout MMORPG has yet to be announced. Expect more details on Fallout 3 as they become available.