Gamebanshee has featured an interview with Fallout legend, Jason D. Anderson, who is heading up the as-yet-unconfirmed MMO title coming out of Interplay. At the moment, many suspect that Interplay are working on a Fallout MMO and whilst Anderson does not confirm that is the case, he doesn’t go anywhere near denying it.
GB: Tell us a little about yourself. What have you been up to since Troika closed?
Jason: Once Troika shut down, I took a (much needed) vacation. 10 years in the game industry is a good haul, and it was time for a little break. I spent a few months overhauling my house, remodeling the kitchen and baths, removing the sound room that was in my garage, replacing a balcony, stuff like that. Then I sold it and moved to Phoenix where both my wife and I have family (and housing was much, much more affordable).
I enjoyed working on our last house so much that I bought and fixed up another old house - this one was totally trashed and it took about 3 months of rehabbing to make it livable again. I grew up doing construction, and it felt great to do physical labor again. Game development is very bad for the body. Sitting on your butt all day and eating out at least one meal a day just doesn't work over the long haul.
Then this past spring I designed and built my own swimming pool and spa along with all of the hardscape and landscaping in our rather large backyard. I researched all of the city codes and permits, pool construction techniques and options, learning a ton along the way. Then I drew up all of the plans, contracting out the heavy construction work but taking care of a lot of the smaller details myself. In the 105+ heat I dug out and poured the footer for a 150 foot retaining wall and then built it. I'm pretty sure my subcontractors thought I was insane and couldn't figure out why I wasn't hiring cheap labor to do it - but being unemployed, I'm pretty sure I was the cheapest labor I could find. :) My wife, a couple of nephews and I built and installed all of the rock work, waterfalls, tile and fiber optic lighting. It was a lot of hard work, but very rewarding, especially when you live in Phoenix, where a pool is so very, very nice to have in the summer.
We also homeschool our three daughters, and I've kept busy designing curriculum for them and spending time working with them on their education, which is a reward in itself. Plus - how many people get the chance to spend a couple of years of quality time with their kids? Not very many. The time off has been very rewarding.
When asked whether the new MMO coming out of Interplay is Fallout Online, Anderson’ answered with quite an interesting retort.
Interplay is working on one MMO. It has not been "formally" announced, so I am not able to talk about it yet.