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The neverending tiff between Interplay and Bethesda over development of a Fallout-based MMO recently got a bit more backstory on the end of the former. Interplay president Eric Caen recently said in an interview with Edge that Bethesda was offered the rights to the Fallout MMO for $50 million, explaining that "the MMOG strength of this universe is huge." According to Caen, Bethesda passed on the license for a Fallout MMO, which Interplay then began developing with certain "conditions" established by Bethesda -- such as a required development start date of April 4, 2009.

The rest, as they say is history -- Bethesda filed a termination letter for Interplay to stop working on the project last year, claiming that the developer had missed the aforementioned start date. Caen contends that claim, saying Bethesda was merely looking for a way to acquire the rights to a Fallout MMO without fronting the $50 million price tag, which is a large sum of cash.

[Source: Joystiq]