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Interplay Resurrecting Fallout Dev Black Isle, Original Team Not Involved

Tom Hopkins


Legendary RPG developer Black Isle is back according to the studio's site.

Published on Aug 22, 2012

Interplay seems set to bring back fan-favourite RPG developer Black Isle, judging by www.blackisle.com.

"Our goal has always been to make the world's best RPGs. Black Isle Studios is back," reads the site.

The Interplay-owned developer made the first two Fallout games, Planescape: Torment and Icewind Dale games, as well as co-publishing the Baldur's Gate series with Interplay.

Black Isle has been considered defunct since at least 2004.

Interplay founder Brian Fargo deosn't appear to be involved though, tweeting: "I just read that Interplay is bringing back Black Isle. Hmmm... Not enough info for me to comment."

"The millions of dollars they received from Bethesda certainly doesn't hurt," Fargo added, when queried on how Interplay will fund the studio.

Bethesda and Interplay settled litigation over the Fallout IP back in January.

Fargo is currently working on successful Kickstarter Wasteland 2.

[Update]
Chris Avellone, former Black Isle developer and colleague of founder Feargus Urqhart tweeted: "I know nothing about the Black Isle Studio news announcement, doesn't involve me or Obsidian... or well, anyone that I know. ;)"

Guess that means Black Isle is only returning in name only. What do you think?

 

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