Classic Fallout Games Pulled From Online Stores, Will Return Soon

Classic Fallout Games Pulled from Online Stores, Will Return Soon

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.

While previous buyers can still access the games, there is currently no way to buy new copies. To find out why this happened, we need to revisit the "Great Fallout Legal Battle".

It happened a few years back, between Bethesda Softworks, developers of the Elder Scrolls series and current Fallout rightsholders, and Interplay Entertainment, publishers of all Fallout games released before 2008. At the conclusion of this legal battle, Bethesda was awarded full control of the Fallout franchise, but Interplay was allowed to continue selling the first three Fallout games until December 31, 2013 — four days ago.

So, when can we purchase the first three Fallouts again? Soon, according to Bethesda Softworks, who recently announced on Twitter that they're already working on bringing the games back to Steam — though when asked about GOG, the company maintained that their "current priority is to return the games to Steam," neither confirming nor denying whether the games would be back on GOG. Hopefully, they'll get right on that as soon as possible.

We're working to return classic Fallout games to Steam [Bethblog@Twitter]


    Didn't Marvel games made by Activision get pulled from digital markets yesterday due to licensing or something?
    Didn't this happen a couple of years back as well over Interplay selling Fallout games?
    Fallout 1 and 2 were free on GOG the other week and even though I still have the original CDs from when they came out I grabbed them again anyway.

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    A more important question is: Can I still download the games off GOG if I've "bought" them?

      Yes, you can. I've got 1, 2 & Tactics (free) from GOG and they're still on my shelf able to be downloaded.

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