At the beginning of 2014, Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics were removed from digital distribution services (including Steam and GOG) due to licensing issues. Bethesda Softworks is working to bring the classic games back to Steam, the company said on Twitter.
Although originally developed by Interplay Entertainment, the franchise rights change hands in 2007, when Bethesda acquired the intellectual property. At the moment, Interplay had the rights to sell the original Fallout games, but a lawsuit in 2012 prevented Interplay from selling those games after December 31st, 2013.
As a consequence, both Steam and GOG had to remove the titles from their digital shelves, but Bethesda says that they are working on bringing the games back to Steam as soon as possible. So what about GOG and the Fallout trilogy? “We’ll have a look at other options once we handle Steam,” Bethesda said.