If you just can't get enough of the Fallout franchise, then pause your copy of Fallout: New Vegas because we have some fantastic news for you regarding the Fallout MMO. The game is deep in development, and on schedule for a 2012 release. Interplay President Eric Caen recently sat down with Edge to discuss the status of Fallout's next foray into the post apocalyptic universe.
According to the Interplay President, the game has been in a playable state for at least a year. Interplay has also been dropping hints in their newsletters to those who are eagerly awaiting the MMO. When asked for details about the MMO, Caen had this to say:
"I can’t say too much. What I can say is that everyone who is registered is getting a newsletter every five or six weeks. The content is not a typical newsletter with a lot of technical information; it’s letters from NPCs inside the game, writing to other NPCs about what they’re experiencing."
Interplay also has plans for a beta test, as most developers of MMO's do. If all goes according to plan, we'll get a chance to taste what Interplay is cooking up in a little over a year. In addition, some light is shed on what kind of gameplay the MMO will offer. Says Caen:
"We’re giving a lot of hints about the future of the game. We have a beta scheduled for 2012, with the commercial launch in the second half of 2012. We have 90 people working on it. Even in January 2009, you were already able to move across the world. An MMOG must be a lot deeper than a standalone game. It’s not a shooting game we’re making. You can shoot, but it’s a very small portion of the game. The game itself is about reconstructing the world. What is unique about our project is how we’re trying to get it into many communication systems. This is a big problem for World Of Warcraft, because the fantasy universe is not compatible with modern communication systems. It would be odd to receive an SMS from a troll. But in a post-apocalyptic world…"
Reconstruction will surely bring something unique back to the Fallout universe, and Interplay certainly aims to take Fallout back from Bethesda. Eric wasn't shy on his thoughts of how they've treated the series, either:
"We appreciate some portions of [Bethesda's work], and we’re not necessarily fans of everything. I think they miss a lot of the humor, and the fans seem to agree with that. Fallout 3 was a little bit too serious - that’s definitely not where we’re going. Our Fallout MMOG will be extremely funny."
Humor may indeed be missing from Fallout 3 and recently released New Vegas, but there's still plenty of fun to be had. Sure, many of us still have to wait for that New Vegas patch in order to experience some of that fun, but there's no doubt that it is there.
For the Ranters out there that have been playing Fallout since the early days, what would you like to see Interplay inject into the universe that Bethesda hasn't? Is creating an MMO the most appropriate way for Interplay to revisit the franchise, or would you rather see another single player outing? And for the Ranters whose first exposure to Fallout was Fallout 3, does the thought of sharing the world with your friends excite you? What do you want to see? Let us know in the comments below.
The Fallout MMO is scheduled to release in 2012.