Bethesda to bring Fallout games back to Steam
Bethesda announced yesterday via Twitter that they are working on bringing back Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics to Steam following their removal from the platform. The Fallout games were removed from Steam after the franchise rights changed hands.
“We’re working to return classic @Fallout games (1, 2, Tactics) to Steam and will provide an update when they’re ready to go.”
Originally developed and published by Interplay Entertainment, Bethesda bought the Fallout IP in 2007 from Interplay. As part of the deal, Interplay were allowed certain merchandising rights, which meant that they could sell the original Fallout games. However in 2012 a lawsuit took place between the two companies, which resulted in the merchandising rights expiring on December 31, 2013.
Once the merchandising rights expired, Steam were required to remove the games from sale, as were other sites such as GOG.com. As the franchise rights now fully belong to Bethesda, they can now do as they please with the games but said they are working hard to get the games available again on these sites.
“We have to remove existing publisher info, legal text, etc,” tweeted Bethesda as to why they had to be removed.