Happy to report one of our most popular items on store.bethsoft.com, our Vault 101 hoodie, is now back in stock.
Couple interesting Fallout bits worth checking out this weekend…
Spotted while reading The Verge, Flickr user LockVanish has taken pictures both in DC and Las Vegas and matched them with screenshots from Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. Be sure to admire all his efforts within his Fallout Flickr sets.
In unrelated (but equally awesome) news, last week Kotaku featured a post highlighted breathtaking Fallout 3 screenshots taken by Flickr user Anthemios. Learn the mods he used to make screens like the one above here.
Want to drool over more screenshots? Dead End Thrills’ Duncan Harris has followed up his Skyrim work with some mod-enabled Fallout 3 screens.
FALLOUT® MMO RIGHTS RESTORED TO
BETHESDA SOFTWORKS® IN INTERPLAY LITIGATION
All Fallout® Intellectual Property Rights Belong Exclusively to Bethesda
January 9, 2012 (Rockville, MD) –ZeniMax® Media Inc. today announced that a settlement had been reached in the lawsuit filed by its subsidiary, Bethesda Softworks®, against Interplay Entertainment Corporation in 2009, Bethesda Softworks LLC v Interplay Entertainment Corp., seeking cancellation of the license granted to Interplay to develop a massively multiplayer online game (MMO) based on the Fallout brand. Bethesda maintained in its complaint that Interplay had failed to meet the conditions for the license and the license was therefore of no continuing validity.
Under the terms of the settlement, the license granted to Interplay to develop the Fallout MMO is null and void, and all rights granted to Interplay to develop a Fallout MMO revert back to Bethesda, effective immediately. Interplay has no ongoing right to use the Fallout brand or any Fallout intellectual property for any game development. ZeniMax will pay Interplay $2 million as consideration in the settlement, each party will bear its own costs of the litigation, and Bethesda will continue to own all Fallout intellectual property rights. Interplay will be permitted to continue to sell the original Fallout ®Tactics, Fallout® and Fallout® 2 PC games through December 2013, after which time all rights to market those games revert to and become the sole property of Bethesda. Under the original agreement pursuant to which Bethesda had acquired the Fallout property, Interplay was granted certain merchandising rights to sell those original Fallout games, but those merchandising rights will now expire on December 31, 2013.
G4TV.com’s Videogame Deathmatch: Best Franchise is down to eight legendary series. With only three rounds left, Fallout is still in contention, and currently taking on Assassin’s Creed.
If you’d like to show your support, visit G4TV.com and register to vote.
Matt back with another update from around the web.
Up first, G4TV let us know today they’ve kicked off a new deathmatch to determine the greatest game franchise of all time. Both Elder Scrolls and Fallout are in the tournament and up against stiff competition. In the first round, the Elder Scrolls faces Street Fighter, while Fallout squares off with Civilization. To vote, head to G4TV.com and register. I recommend listening to “You’re The Best” from the Karate Kid soundtrack as you vote.
It’s been awhile since we updated you on Skyrim. For all of you looking for every bit of info between now and 11.11.11, you might find something of interest below…
- OXM UK brings their Skyrim coverage online with a preview, podcast interview with Pete, and an interview with Todd. And for those with Xbox LIVE in the UK, you can check out video interviews conducted with Todd Howard and Bruce Nesmith.
- Planet Elder Scrolls interviewed me to celebrate the site’s 10th anniversary (congrats!).
- G4TV and IGN show how far BGS have come with Skyrim in comparison to Oblivion.
- A nice user-made piano tribute to Skyrim’s theme.
- Rolling Stone leads off their feature on the biggest games of 2011 with Skyrim. Article also mentions RAGE.
- NowGamer and Game Rant discuss what’s been learend about the game so far.
- CVG discuss what they want to see in Skyrim.
Switching gears to Brink, be sure to check out The Video Game Writers, who have new features on Brink each day this week. So far they’ve talked with lead writer Ed Stern about how Brink takes notes from previous games, how Splash Damage is decreasing the learning curve and increasing the game’s fun, as well as conceptualization and replayability for Brink.
Speaking of Brink, if you’re wondering about the Ark image above, it was sent to our blog inbox from fan Tsenttachi,who created it in Minecraft. If you’ve made any Bethesda-themed creations in the game, feel free to email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That about does it for this round. See ya next time.
For those that haven’t caught it already (it’s already got over 500K views in a week), check out WaysideCreations fan flick, Fallout: Nuka Break.
Great work, guys!
Wanted to share word on a few community contests that were brought to my attention.
The Nexus community sites (as in New Vegas Nexus and TESNexus) are closing in on reaching 2.5 million registered members. To celebrate the occasion, they’ve kicked off a modding competition on both site. The site’s administrator, DarkOne, details the competition’s rules here. Here’s an excerpt…
“Ergo the theme of this modding competition will be “The community we are in”. I’m hoping to see some great mods that cover users in the community that might have influenced you during your time here, the various sites of the community that you are a part of (it doesn’t just have to be the Nexus!) and what you like about the community.
The type of mod you make, be it a quest, a new landmass, a house or castle, NPCs, weapons, armour, etc. is totally up to you but I will look more favourably upon entries that have a quest in them because I’m a sucker for a good quest! That doesn’t mean a mod with a quest in is going to win, however, and if you come up with something really unique then I’ll probably love it! A Nexus defence mod, for example, where you defend fort Nexus from a horde of trolls with your fellow moderators wielding ban hammers by your side is something I’ve dreamt about… “
Elsewhere, TES Alliance has already kicked off their Salute to Skyrim contest. As the title indicates, it’s a competition where users are encouraged to pay tribute to Skyrim — whether it be a mod for Morrowind or Oblivion, artwork, poetry, etc.. For more details, check out the contest page on TES Alliance.
We’re back with another roundup!
We start off with a great new feature up at CG Society on Brink. The piece delves into the game’s unique art design — with a look at the games characters, environments, and more. Definitely check it out — there’s plenty of never-before-seen concept art.
For more on Brink, check out these sites:
- PS3 Attitude has new diaries with members of Brink’s team explaining class upgrades and body types, as well as the game’s story.
- DealSpwn has a new interview with Game Director Paul Wedgwood
- Newb Review chats with Lead Designer Ed Stern
- The Dolphin shares their thoughts in a new preview
More news after the jump…