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Herve Caen finally packs it in - Interplay IPs to be sold off
Company News - posted by Infinitron on Thu 8 September 2016, 18:07:54Tags: Eric Caen; Interplay
The shambling corpse of Interplay may finally be about to find its grave. The writing has been on the wall for the company that gave us Fallout and Planescape: Torment ever since they lost their license to sell the original Fallout trilogy, which was probably their main source of income during all these years. Yesterday, in a press release on NASDAQ's GlobeNewswire service, Interplay announced that they were selling off all of their remaining intellectual properties. The Caen brothers' fifteen year strip-mining adventure is finally at an end. Here's the announcement:
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Leading video game software developer, publisher, and licensor, Interplay Entertainment Corp., today announced a process to sell its library of video game assets and intellectual property. The expected sale represents some 70 titles and dozens of characters.
"Interplay has entertained millions of players with its well-recognized games, including Earthworm Jim, Freespace, Giants, Kingpin, Messiah, MDK, Run Like Hell, Sacrifice, Battlechess, Clayfighter, Dark Alliance, and Descent. As game creators, we are proud of the entertainment these properties have provided over the years. With the proliferation of mobile, augmented reality, virtual reality and other new forms of consumption, we believe that consumers are ready to experience and interact with Interplay's characters, stories and game play in ways never possible before. We look forward to seeing how this unique portfolio of interactive entertainment icons will evolve for the worldwide audience," states Eric Caen, President of Interplay.
For more information about Interplay's sale of intellectual property, please contact Joe Morgan at Wedbush Securities (email@example.com), who has been engaged by the company to assist in this process.
So what does this mean for RPGs? Not much, unless you're really excited about the idea of a Stonekeep sequel. Still, it's a long overdue finale for the company that revitalized the genre in the late 90s, and it'll be interesting (and possibly horrifying) to see what happens to these IPs that have been in the freezer for so many years. We do know Brian Fargo is a huge fan of Sacrifice. I wonder if they'll take the truly final step of selling off the Interplay brand name too...