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Interplay re-opens studio

Interplay re-opens studio

Interplay are back and working on a new Fallout MMO game by the sounds of things.

Interplay, the developer behind such classic games as Fallout: A Post-Apocalyptic Adventure Game, are officially back in business after an much-lamented hiatus.

Interplay originally started suffering financial problems in 2004 when it emerged that the rent hadn't been paid in a while. Then it turned out nobody at the office was getting paid either and the company was forced to abandon development of it's last game, codenamed Van Buren. Van Buren was later revealed to be the third instalment in the incredibly well-crafted and popular Fallout game.

Although the developer and publisher has been out of business for the last few years, it looks like it's time for the company to rise from the ashes. Gamasutra has reported that the company has re-opened it's internal development studio and put Jason Anderson in charge as the Creative Director. Anderson was one of the core design team for the original Fallout games.

So, what's on the cards for the reformed development team? Well, the only other announcement is that the team is being focused on a top-secret MMO. It doesn't take much to figure out what the game is though - the only license Interplay still owns is the rights to a Fallout MMO, even though the singleplayer game has been sold to Bethesda.

Personally, I can't tell you how great it feels to see a company like Interplay - who were connected to all of the best RPGs ever, including Baldur's Gate and Planescape: Torment before the company dissolved and the developers spread to make games like Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines - return to glory.

What about you though? Are you glad that the boys are back in town, or do you think BioWare can handle things solo on the RPG front? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Zurechial 14th November 2007, 10:48 Quote
Fantastic news, I'd love to see something new from the guys like Anderson and Boyarsky - Gaming Visionaries. :D

Shame it's an MMO, though.. The cash-in genre of gaming..

Here's to hoping they have plans for another well-written, plot-driven single-player masterpiece.
Jamie 14th November 2007, 11:00 Quote
I want battle chess!
Hiren 14th November 2007, 11:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamie
I want battle chess!

Yes
mrplow 14th November 2007, 11:08 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamie
I want battle chess!

Ahhh exactly what I was thinking :D
Baz 14th November 2007, 11:16 Quote
Freespace 3?
Hells_Bliss 14th November 2007, 13:18 Quote
I do a jig at this news. good times :D
ElZog 14th November 2007, 13:21 Quote
2nd Freespace 3, the space flight sim genre needs revived.
karx11erx 14th November 2007, 15:00 Quote
Descent 4!!!
pendragon 14th November 2007, 17:57 Quote
woot yay Interplay! good news :)
Cadillac Ferd 14th November 2007, 18:11 Quote
Hell yes! I love Interplay! I have no doubt the crew over in Bethesda (Hell Yeah Maryland! Represent!) will make Fallout 3 amazing though. I'm not so much excited for the Fallout MMO though as I am for the games Interplay could make after they get going again. Does anyone know who owns the rights to the Freespace franchise? I'm going to guess its THQ because they acquired the Volition (the company that developed the Freespace games) after Interplay went under.
UncertainGod 14th November 2007, 20:05 Quote
Well if they are back they better get there arse in gear to keep the rights to the Fallout:MMO, clocks ticking....
Bungle 14th November 2007, 21:18 Quote
Just a pipe dream, but would be over the moon if they did a modern version of M.A.X . The second one was pants but the first was awesome. Turn based strategy nirvana.
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