Meanwhile on the rumor mill...
Rumor: Skyrim, Fallout studio Bethesda acquires
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Bethesda refuses to comment as rumors that it' s acquire the 5. . L. K. E. R. franchise
Zenimax, you greedy dog, you: Do you really need three postapocalyptic ‘video game series?
Youve already got RAGE with id and the precious, profitable, and creatively rich Fallout series over
at Bethesda. Do you really need S. T. AL. . R as well? That' s too much open world nuclear
wasteland tor any company. Enough.
With S. TAL. K. E. R .' Shadows or developer GSC Work) Publishing officially off the series
pursuing its own multiplayer postapocalyptic shooter, it' s been up in the air whether or not there
would be another S. TAL. K. E. R game or if someone would attempt to finish the cancelled
S. TAL. K. E. R it Back in April, the rumor was that Bethesda was taking on the series. That rumor
faded into the Internet wasteland like some hardened, gas drifter. Now it' s back
though, desperate tor the wasteland' s most precious resource: Your attention!
Rock. Paper, Shotgun reported on Tuesday afternoon that Librarian marketer Sergey ,
the very same man that broke the news that sec was off of S. TAL. K. E. R it says that Bethesda
has in tact acquired exclusive rights to the S. TAL. K. E. R series.
Bethesda' s official word: "We don' t comment on rumor or speculation-"
No comment" doesn' t necessarily mean the rumor is true, but anything outside of a flat denial
means that at some level the business is involved with the property in question. Bethesda has
made some weighty "no comment" comments in the past. Bethesda VP of marketing Pete Hines
said pack in EDGE while the company' s rights to the Fallout MMO were being contested by Interplay,
We don' t have any comment on the status of another company or our arrangements with them.
We are developing Fallout 3 and when we have information on the game and what we' re up to, we' ll
let folks know. Beyond that, we have no comment." Then earlier this year it came out that Bethesda
was still fighting tor those rights and it won them.
Who will make S. TAL. K. E. R at Bethesda if the company is holdning onto the series rights?
s unnamed source suggests that it will either be Bethesda Game Studios itself or
Obsidian Entertainment, the crew behind Fallout: New Vegas and home of Fallout series veteran
Bethesda is expanding rapidly, and the company is hungry tor new properties as by this
fall' s Dishonored. Glibness aside though, it seems perilous tor the company to spend
on yet another postapocalyptic open world franchise. RAGE disappointed at retail
when it came out in 2011. Why would Bethesda demote resources to something in the same milieu
that isn' t a proven winner like Fallout?
Unless it was making a with S. TAL. K. E. R Salivate on that idea, geeks-