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Interplay returns, many sequels planned

Interplay returns, many sequels planned

Interplay is back and the developer is hoping to revive a number of old franchises to help raise profits.

Interplay, once one of the most popular and well known of game developers, is announcing a return after a long and unfortunate hiatus caused by financial troubles.

The company announced that, as a result of selling the Fallout 3 license to Bethesda Softworks, it had generated enough money to re-enter the market - and boy, do they have some big plans for the future!

First and foremost for the company right now is to get to work on a Fallout MMO to help raise revenue further and then plunge the money into developing sequels to established brands that are sure to sell.

Net revenues for the year ended December 31, 2007, were $6 million at Interplay, most of which was gathered from the sale of the Fallout singleplayer IP for $5.75 million.

Right now Interplay is recruiting new developers and working to become entirely in-house and self-contained. The developer is hoping to start work on sequels for the Earthworm Jim, MDK, Descent and Dark Alliance franchises in the near future.

Are you a big Interplay fan? How do you feel about the company coming back from the dead like this? Let us know in the forums.

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Tyrmot 10th April 2008, 14:51 Quote
This... is.. the.. best news ever! Interplay were consistently good back in the day..

It's a shame they had to sell F3, but if it brings them back into the game then it was worth it in my opinion!

Maybe they could finish off Van Buren now too..

Welcome back Interplay! :)
p3n 10th April 2008, 14:53 Quote
MDK on a modern engine would be awesome!
Paradigm Shifter 10th April 2008, 14:56 Quote
More Descent would be good, too... :)
Yemerich 10th April 2008, 15:04 Quote
Wow! Finnally good news!

Fallout and Descent? Niiice! I will surelly be one of the first to buy fallout MMO, and perhaps (just perhaps) leave Ultima Online.
To me FO is the only game to get close to Ultima VII.

About Descent, I think it'll cover a really good niche that is currently is (sadly) inexistent... All that developers think now is FPS!

Hmmm after all, descent is a kinda shooter too...
TreeDude 10th April 2008, 15:16 Quote
Fallout 3 is in good hands. Bethesda really is the only other developer that could pull off a game like that. I think it will be great.

I cannot wait for another Earthworm Jim. I loved those games.
Baz 10th April 2008, 15:32 Quote
FREESPACE 3 :D:D:D
Lepermessiah 10th April 2008, 15:34 Quote
Fallout 3 could not have been put into woprse hands my friend. Bethesda have only made one type of RPG, the big open world that sacrifices dialog, choice over openendness. Fallout is the exact opposite of that. Remember the terrible dialog, lack of role playing choice in oblivion? Yeah, it is hioghly unlikely the same studio responsible for such dribble to make a totally different traditional deep RPG.
yakyb 10th April 2008, 15:48 Quote
dont forget the horendous same difficulty no matter what level you are at
chrisb2e9 10th April 2008, 15:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lepermessiah
Fallout 3 could not have been put into woprse hands my friend. Bethesda have only made one type of RPG, the big open world that sacrifices dialog, choice over openendness. Fallout is the exact opposite of that. Remember the terrible dialog, lack of role playing choice in oblivion? Yeah, it is hioghly unlikely the same studio responsible for such dribble to make a totally different traditional deep RPG.

they aren't making it like oblivion. its a different game. They are trying to appease the hardcore fallout fans.
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Descent
sweet
Redbeaver 10th April 2008, 15:55 Quote
Descent/Freespace, MDK, EarthWormJim...

do any of those 3 succesfully n this company may as well be 2008 developer of the year :)
TreeDude 10th April 2008, 15:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lepermessiah
Fallout 3 could not have been put into woprse hands my friend. Bethesda have only made one type of RPG, the big open world that sacrifices dialog, choice over openendness. Fallout is the exact opposite of that. Remember the terrible dialog, lack of role playing choice in oblivion? Yeah, it is hioghly unlikely the same studio responsible for such dribble to make a totally different traditional deep RPG.

If there is one thing Oblivion was not, it's "dribble". Fallout 3 is not going to be their Elder Scrolls V. It is a different game. Everyone in that studio was a huge fan of Fallout, I trust they know how to keep it true to its original roots.
Lepermessiah 10th April 2008, 16:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by TreeDude
If there is one thing Oblivion was not, it's "dribble". Fallout 3 is not going to be their Elder Scrolls V. It is a different game. Everyone in that studio was a huge fan of Fallout, I trust they know how to keep it true to its original roots.

Trust you when the devs have said it is more like oblivion then fallout in recent interviews. And yes, oblivion was dribble for an RPG, I can list a full page of short comings it has as an RPG. It is Naive to think the studio that has only created open RPG's that sacrifice gameplay for big worlds is goona make a game like they never made before. The writers are not all of a suden gonna change into Troika. Them being fans is irrelevant, the devs themselves have stated it is changing more like Oblivion then the fallout games. It is also being designed for the console crowd, that alone spells doom. Bethesda long stopped listening to its fanbase. I suggest you go to the F3 forums, the game is not shaping up to be much of anything like a fallout game, ina recent inetrview, they even said it is more like Oblivion with guns, FPS view and all.
WilHarris 10th April 2008, 16:05 Quote
MDK?? Man, I loved that game back in the day. Wasn't that one of the first games to support MMX extensions, or am I making that up?

Wow... look forward to seeing the Fallout MMO.
Lepermessiah 10th April 2008, 16:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by chrisb2e9
they aren't making it like oblivion. its a different game. They are trying to appease the hardcore fallout fans.


sweet


No, they are not, where did you hear that? i suggest you read the recent interviews and go to the F3 forums, it is not looking good, but many knew this the moment a dev like bethesda got their hands on it. The only thing they are trying hard to replicate is the post apocalyptic graphics, any dev can do that, gameplay not so much.
adamc 10th April 2008, 16:11 Quote
Descent and Earthworm Jim were two of the first PC games I played... would love to see some more sequels!
Daniel114 10th April 2008, 16:17 Quote
What? Wheres the Redneck Rampage sequel?
Tyrmot 10th April 2008, 16:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
FREESPACE 3 :D:D:D

I would pre-order a copy of FreeSpace 3 right now... been waiting a decade for that game!

Thinking about it, if you took Interplay -developed/published games away, you would probably remove in one stroke 80% of the games over the years I consider my all-time favourites.. And if you included Black Isle, you'd have the lot ;)
(excepting Deus Ex)
TurtlePerson2 10th April 2008, 16:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
FREESPACE 3 :D:D:D

A new Freespace game would be awesome, especially with the lack of good space shooters we have right now.
Tyrmot 10th April 2008, 16:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by TurtlePerson2
A new Freespace game would be awesome, especially with the lack of good space shooters we have right now.

Like... none you mean? Does anyone know if there are any out now worth playing?
Necaradan666 10th April 2008, 16:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lepermessiah
....Them being fans is irrelevant.....

Fans? ha... Almost none of the people working on Fallout 3 had any experience with anything Fallout whatsoever prior to starting on Fallout 3

Yeah Oblivion sure was dribble and I am doubtful that Fallout 3 will be any better, more the worse.

Anyway Interplay, no Black Isle Studios = No Sale for me
Lepermessiah 10th April 2008, 17:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Necaradan666
Fans? ha... Almost none of the people working on Fallout 3 had any experience with anything Fallout whatsoever prior to starting on Fallout 3

Yeah Oblivion sure was dribble and I am doubtful that Fallout 3 will be any better, more the worse.

Anyway Interplay, no Black Isle Studios = No Sale for me

Yep.
chicorasia 10th April 2008, 18:41 Quote
MDK.

boy... that sure brings back some memories..... like some "friend" of mine who borrowed my cd-rom and never returned it!
Nikumba 10th April 2008, 18:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tyrmot
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Originally Posted by TurtlePerson2
A new Freespace game would be awesome, especially with the lack of good space shooters we have right now.

Like... none you mean? Does anyone know if there are any out now worth playing?

Yes the game Babylon 5: Ive found her. Not a new game, but does have a FULL newtonian physics engine which is good fun. I have also been getting back into Freelancer :)

But Descent, Freespace 3 yes please

Kimbie
Cadillac Ferd 10th April 2008, 18:57 Quote
I can has Freespace 2 sequel!? PLEASE!?
pendragon 10th April 2008, 18:58 Quote
sweet! good news! Freespace 3 would rock!
Bladestorm 10th April 2008, 19:04 Quote
Freespace 3 would be awesome.

MDK 3 would be good.

I kinda missed the early descent's and 3 wasn't so hot, but I like the idea and enjoyed that one by that other company that ripped it off, as far as I played it back then anyway ;P
Brett89 10th April 2008, 19:38 Quote
man. earthworm jim, that game was awesome
blackerthanblack 10th April 2008, 19:45 Quote
Another MDK would be great. I think it was one of the first PC games I owned, and was amazed it ran quite well on my P60. As long as they keep the fun of the original, it should be a winner.

A Freespace sequel would be good too.
moshpit 10th April 2008, 22:10 Quote
A new Descent release???? OMG how cool!!! I so miss those games. D1, 2, and 3 were all seat rivetingly good. Even my wife enjoyed both playing it and watching me play it. It was one of those VERY rare games that my whole household could agree on and actually enjoy playing together.

Descent 3 was also my first non-RPG to require more then one disk to install.
FeRaL 10th April 2008, 22:56 Quote
For those of you looking for a great full conversion of Freespace 2, look no more. http://www.game-warden.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=36
http://www.moddb.com/games/6596/bsg-beyond-the-red-line
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD9kY_8rEFM

It is a Battlestar Galactica conversion. It is pretty decent.
CowBlazed 10th April 2008, 23:05 Quote
Anyone else think they might try to make cheap crappy games with their licenses just to get some money? I really hope not but I wouldn't be suprised.
Bluephoenix 11th April 2008, 03:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
FREESPACE 3 :D:D:D

I have been part of the FS2-Open SCP for a long time now, and would buy FS3 instantly, even if it was crap. (and if it was I'd mod the heck out of it ;) )
[USRF]Obiwan 11th April 2008, 13:36 Quote
Descent, i had some 3d shutter glasses with a asus videocard then. Descent in 3D vission. It was worth the headache.

I played all of the older games too: Another world, Bards tale, Baldurs gate, Dungeon Master, Freespace, alone in the dark, Dragon lore, Future Wars (one of my favo adventures of all time besides SpaceQuest3). all under the Interplay flag.

Awesome stuff
Redbeaver 12th April 2008, 05:42 Quote
so we all agree. Freespace 3.

ok, Interplay. start working. now.
knuck 12th April 2008, 06:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by p3n
MDK on a modern engine would be awesome!

hell yeah ! That game was amazing on the PSX back in the days ! :D
Netflow 13th April 2008, 00:40 Quote
Good space shooters? No new ones, although I could play through Freelancer over and over again, it still ranks as the best Space shooter in my mind. The space genre is a tough nut to crack and make good, so much black dark boring empty space. Space RTS now is another story, god it's good to see Stardock games blow that Genre wide open
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