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Larian General Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Larian Studios' started by LESS T_T, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. Lahey Magister Patron

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    You don't need to know Swen's secrets to know that there are more than two RPGs in development. O_o
     
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  3. Mortmal Arcane

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    Larian's D&D game, turn based 5th edition adapted into divinity engine, an epic campaign in the dragonlance universe.Only reason he cant be allowed to tell yet.
     
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  4. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Makes me wonder, how many IP owners have been "courting" Larian to make an RPG with their IP after D:OS (2) success?

    Wizard of the Coast, Paradox/White Wolf, Rebellion (2000 AD), Funcom/Heroic Signatures (Robert E. Howard IPs), and Games Workshop all come to my mind.
     
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  5. Mortmal Arcane

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    Fabulously optimistic ? Maybe , we know for sure there's D&D games in production, they could ask some subpar studio to do it and then we end up with another sword coast legend, another financial failure Or...The guys in charge may notice larian has experience, is reliable and top seller on steam then negotiate with them. Divinity orignal sin 2 engine is perfect for a D&d game, they could even recycle some of its assets into the dragonlance campaign, then sell as many adventure packs DLC as possible . Could be a formidable cash cow , i cant be the only one to see that, if they dont that at wotc , they really hate money.
     
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    With WoftC we know they are already in amicable contact anyway. Plus WotC aren't exactly picky in handing out their IP, so it really should only be a matter of time.

    However, one could consider the possibility that Larian actually values their creative control so much and that they have grown so big that they rather stick to their own IPs. Considering how happy Obsidian are maybe its not that desireable after all to do a licenced game. But if they do, I'd put my money on DnD for sure.

    Edit: Come to think of it, there is one more possibility: Sven going after the Ultima IP.
     
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  7. Xeon Liturgist

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    If they work on someone else's IP, can they still get royalties or do they have to reach a certain limit like with Obsidian and FNV.

    Its probably more profitable for Larian just to stay and work on their own IPs if if they are making something other than Divinity related since it seems to be working for them.

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    This is off topic, If WotC are keen on handing out their IPs, how come Inxile didn't just make another Torment in the same world as PST since its already rich.
     
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  8. mustawd. Self-Ejected

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    Totally dependent on the contract they sign.
     
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  9. agris Arcane Patron

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    All right! With Larian's writing talent, captivating art style and demonstrated mastery of itemization and combat encounter design, I can't wait for them to dive into established PnP IP!
     
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    Do I remember wrong, or has there been some talk about bad blood since Interplay era between Fargo and WotC?
     
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  11. mustawd. Self-Ejected

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    My understanding was there was an accounting error at Interplay that caused them to lose the D&D license.

    Another reason to make sure to pay your accountants well. In fact, you should overpay and underwork them. By a lot. Do it. Now.

    Fargo, if you're reading this I'm available to work as your overpaid accountant. I cannot guarantee I will not spend 80% in shoutbox or discord.

    Thanks,

    Mustawd (I'm an accountant).
     
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  12. Modron Arcane

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    I don't recall the loss of the dnd license being some kind of accident, didn't Herve make the executive decision to only pay for the console license so he could cut costs while still being able to pop out another dark alliance?
     
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    If you were an accountant you'd know this. However, you are not one. It's ok. No one is perfect.


    From their 2003 10-K:
    http://sec.edgar-online.com/interplay-entertainment-corp/10-k-annual-report/2004/04/27/section7.aspx
     
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  14. agris Arcane Patron

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    Interesting Mustawd v2, do you have any idea if this has ever been brought up in an interview with Mr. Wells Fargo?
     
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  15. Fairfax Arcane

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    They seemed to hint at it, yes.

    It was no accident, and they kept Dark Alliance as part of the settlement with Atari.
     
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  16. mustawd. Self-Ejected

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    I don't know if it has. To be honest, I'd be surprised if the not payong royalties part was truly an accident. It kind of smells like they intentionally did it to save some money. As an accountant, not paying royalties when due is beyond retarded. Let me explain why:

    Royalties works both ways. In other words not only is there accounting on behalf of the company who buys the license to the IP, but the licensing company also has accounting setup to record the royalty revenue.

    Oftentimes, the licensee (e.g. Interplay) will send quarterly or even monthly royalty reports to the licensor (D&D owner). These reports outline how much was sold etc and how much royalty is owed. So it's not like one day someone woke up at Wotc or Tsr or whoever owned D&D and said "OMFG guys! Interplay totally owes us royalties, lah!!"

    More than likely what happened was that Interplay, probably strapped for cash, decided to sit on it, didn't send out royalty funds, and likely ignored repeated attempts by wotc/tsr/whoever to contact them about it. Fed up, wotc/tsr/whatever then probably invoked legal cause in the licensing agreement to pull the license rights cuz they were tired of Herv's shit.

    Ignoring communications is actually not that uncommon with companies who are going bankrupt. Everyone and their mother wants to get paid what's due and they be all "yah, we're almost outta money bro, so we're gonna ghost you". Not sure if Interplay was in bankruptcy proceedings at that point though.

    I mean all this is speculation ofc. I'd have to look at some of the 2003 and 2004 10Qs to get a better sense of the financial condition they were in. But meh. I'm too busy working my ass off right now.

    EDIT: Looks like Fairfax's post comfirms my suspicion.
     
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  17. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Few more Michael tweets:





    I think they've been looking for trailer producer for some time, but they're promoting it again recently. I guess they really need one for something right now...
     
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  18. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Huh.



    Good for him, I guess.
     
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    In the mood for sci-fi, or references for something, Swen?
     
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  22. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Devin John Doyle (writer of Sebille IIRC) left Larian recently: https://www.linkedin.com/in/devinjohndoyle/

     
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  24. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Hangs out with Bioware school of developers:

     
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    Shadorwun: Hong Kong Divinity: Original Sin 2 Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire

    I wonder if it'll even be anything worthwhile. [​IMG]
     
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