Three of the first games in the Fallout gaming franchise and their extras have been removed from being purchased indefinitely from GOG.com. Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics, all best selling titles from the popular DRM-free distribution service, were removed Dec. 31.
“Due to circumstances beyond our control,” states a news release on the official site, “we needed to pull the three classic Fallout games, that is Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics, from sale and remove them from our DRM-free catalog. These classic titles have been with us since day one, that is for over 5 years now, and they were always one of the highlights of the selection of games that we offer.”
The post went on to say that users who acquired copies of the game before its removal can still download the games and bonus material from their personal game libraries. Unredeemed gift codes for any of the three games will still be accepted and subsequently added to collections.
All three games were recently offered as free downloads for a limited time as part of GOG.com’s 2013 DRM-Free Winter Sale that was held Dec. 2013. The promotion was to ensure as many users as possible could get the games into their accounts before they were removed.
The removal of the games is due to disputes between Interplay Entertainment and ZeniMax Media: the owner of Bethesda Softworks which has developed and published recent Fallout games. The conflict arose due to problems regarding Interplay Entertainment’s troubled efforts to develop a now cancelled Fallout MMO.
Following a lawsuit that came to closure in 2012, both companies came to a number of settlements. One of these was that Interplay would give up the rights to distribute their previously published Fallout PC games on Dec. 31, 2013. As that time has now passed, Zenimax Media fully owns the distribution rights and intellectual property of the Fallout franchise.
There no plans by ZeniMax Media to give permission to GOG.com to re-add the games to their catalog.