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I am now convinced. Herve Caen is not only incredibly incompetent, but also delusional. Just check out this , to see what I mean.

Come on, Wonder-rat! Let Interplay and Fallout die in peace!

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Umm.. Mixed feelings about this one. While I enjoy playing World Of Warcraft a great, great deal, I just can't see Fallout being satisfying in that milieu.

This proposal seems nothing but a desperate bid to use what one asset Interplay still has to dig themselves out of a huge grave.

It's not that I don't think a Fallout MMO would be by default a distaster, but it wouldn't be Fallout. A post-apocalyptic MMO could be fun, though I don't think Herve has the capacity to successfully run that project, and I don't think Fallout is a big enough name to stand up as successful competition to WoW and the up-coming Lord Of The Rings MMO.

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I'm not so skeptical about the game itself per se, but more about where on earth they intend to get those 75 million USD, that they allegedly need. I mean, this is the company that was unable to pay its employees and rent. Granted, "they" (is IPlay more than Herve?) don't need to pay it out of their own pocket, but who would want to put money into such a project? Like you said, Fallout isn't a big enough name, despite critical acclaim.

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Hrmmm, they should have done that when they still had the D&D license... I doubt whether Fallouts system and world will reach the same number of players than the tested settings of WoW and Guildwars...

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^ True. Actually, I don't think there are any succesful non-fantasy settings apart from City of Heroes/Villains and Eve Online, and they focus on pretty distinct "geek" settings, ie Superheroes and Sci-fi. How many people are that interested in post-apoc games?

I think the time has gone from Fallout and post-apoc in general, since it doesn't really resonate with most of the younger generation of gamers. The Cold War and the fear of a nuclear exchange is just something out of the history books for them.

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While MMOs that are successful are hugely so, and make their developers/publishers a ton of money, for every successful MMO there are scores of complete failures. The gaming market can only support so many MMO games, I'd think. I wonder how many people regularly play more than one at any given time? And how many would jump from WoW, DDO, Guildwars, EVE, CoH/CoV to play Fallout Online? Not that many I suspect.
I forget who pointed this out, and where, but FallOut OnLine being abbreviated to FOOL was an astute and accurate observation.

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