As Interplay and Bethesda duke out the future of the Fallout brand in the courts, Interplay is moving forward with Project: V13, widely believed to be a codename for a Fallout MMO. Interplay has since announced a development deal for Project: V13 with Masthead Studios (also developing Earthrise) and revealed plans to have the online game enter a public beta sometime in -- wait for it! -- 2012.
Yep, 2012. Not 2010. Not 2011. Bethesda has been pressing Interplay to provide evidence that Project: V13 is truly in development, a clause that's key to Interplay retaining the rights to continue making a Fallout MMO. Announcing that Project: V13 will be entering a public beta possibly years ahead of when that public beta might actually launch is, to be fair, a decent way to drum up some headlines.
According to the press release, Project: V13 has been in development since November 2007 with some key members of the original Fallout development staff. Masthead Studios joined in early 2009 and brings so-called "impressive" technology that will help fulfill the game's creative vision.
“Masthead’s technology is impressive and perfect for our Project: V13," said Interplay chairman and CEO Herve Caen in a release. "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.”
This news comes not long after a few details leaked about an MMO currently in development at ZeniMax Online, rumored to be based on Bethesda's own Elder Scrolls franchise.