Fallout: Online, the massively multiplayer post-apocalyptic title, might never see the light of day, as reports emerge over original developers Interplay - who also helmed the first two Fallout titles - facing bankruptcy. The MMO had already endured a troubled development, thanks in no small part to the legal battle between Interplay and Bethesda over the Fallout rights. And now it appears after all their hard work, Fallout: Online might never see the light of day.
The report was revealed by Develop, who managed to intercept a financial report direct from Interplay. The Californian company, founded in the 80s and dragging a rich legacy with it, admit "substantial doubts over our ability to continue going as a concern". They reveal the company is on the brink of bankruptcy, and may be forced to sell the company and all its assets to stay afloat.
Their cash balance has fallen to a meager $3,000, and along with a working capital deficit of nearly $3 million, Interplay have confessed work on Fallout: Online might never continue. "The lack of any credit agreement has resulted in a substantial reduction in the cash available to finance our operations".
The document also reveals Interplay is operating without a chief financial officer, and payments to external developers have been halted. Along with Fallout: Online, further titles from Interplay threatened by their financial woes include an Earthworm Jim title for as-yet unannounced platforms, ClayFighter for the DS, and the two WiiWare titles, Stonekeep and Descent. All face potential termination. [Develop]