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It’s — you guessed it — a legal issue. It all started with a news post on Good Old Games, which announced the removal of Fallout 1, 2, and Tactics from the site’s catalogue. Shortly after, the trio of post-apocalyptic RPGs was “removed” (the actual pages stayed, with only the buy links being deactivated) from Steam as well.
Chris Avellone has previously teased that another Planescape: Torment game is not out of the question, the proviso being that it wouldn’t be Planescape, so much as a spiritual successor, given all the licencing and IP issues surrounding the setting. Now Colin McComb, Avellone’s writing partner-in-crime on Planescape, has scribed a blog post strongly suggesting such a successor is on the cards.
It seems like Black Isle, the game studio behind RPG classics like Fallout and Planescape: Torment, is making some sort of comeback.
Since the early days of the RPG, role-playing video games have allowed players to sacrifice intelligence points to further some more important statistic. Fallout is one of the only ones that treats you like the moron you’ve made.
As reported last week, the legal battle between Bethesda and Interplay over the final fate of a massively multiplayer online Fallout game has ended in a settlement, one that leaves full control of Fallout intellectual properties in the hands of Bethesda.