Yesterday it was Marvel games disappearing from online services, today it’s the classic Fallout games.
It seems pretty clear now why Good Old Games was giving away the first couple Fallout games for free a few weeks back. The series has been pulled from GOG.com and Steam’s catalogs for purchase. Owners of the titles still have access to them, of course.
As Kotaku notes, this can be traced back to the lawsuit between Bethesda Softworks, the publisher of Fallout 3, and Interplay, publisher of all the earlier Fallout titles. The battle resulted in Bethesda being awarded control of the license while Interplay was allowed to continue selling the original games until the end of 2013.
Bethesda isn’t ignoring the issue:
We’re working to return classic @Fallout games (1, 2, Tactics) to Steam and will provide an update when they’re ready to go.
— Bethesda Softworks (@Bethblog) January 2, 2014
However, the only thing Bethesda has said about GOG.com is that their primary priority is “returning the games to Steam at the earliest date possible,” according to one tweet. Another states that they’ll be looking at other options once they handle Steam.