Its kind of Sad. I have nothing against Bethesda, despite all my trepidations and concerns when I first heard they were turning FO3 in to a first person shooter/rpg, they did a damn fine job with it, not only creating a worthy addition to the series, but also making it popular again for a whole new generation of gamers.
However I love Interplay and always have, they have made some true classics, and I was really looking forward to Fallout: Online. I had hoped that Bethesda and Interplay could have come to some kind of mutual agreement, I think the Fallout Universe would have been a richer more interesting place for it.
I wonder what happens now in regards to Fallout: Online, is it lost forever? Or do Bethesda have aspirations to take over or produce an MMO of their own?
As for GOG rights, apparently Interplay selling the games on GOG, without first running it by Bethesda went against one of their contractual agreements, so I'm not sure what the future holds when Bethesda take over the originals.
QUOTE FROM WIKIPEDIA
While Interplay was permitted to sell Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics after the sale of the IP to Bethesda, the contract required all advertising, packaging and other promotional material to be sent to Bethesda for approval first, which, according to the lawsuit, was never done regarding either the Fallout Trilogy pack, or any of the releases through Good Old Games, Steam and other digital distribution platforms. Bethesda also claims that the name Trilogy constitutes unfair competition, since it suggests that the pack includes Fallout 3.