Interplay revives Black Isle Studios

A teaser website brings back a name from the past

With the launch of a brand-new teaser site, Interplay has made clear its intention to revive Black Isle Studios, the studio behind classics like Fallout and Planescape: Torment. Little is known about Interplay's intentions with the studio, and original members of the team like Chris Avellone and Brian Fargo have nothing to do with the new studio.

"Doesn't involve Obsidian at all. No idea what it's about. I wasn't aware anything beyond the name was left at Interplay," Avellone told Eurogamer.

"I just read that Interplay is bringing back Black Isle. Hmmm... Not enough info for me to comment," tweeted Fargo.

The new Black Isle Studios also has a Twitter and Facebook page up, but neither has any indication of what the studio will be doing in the future.

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Latest comments (9)

Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 5 years ago
So... What's the point of this? If they are reviving just the name, then it seems just an easy-way to cash in on a hugely respected studio, and nothing more, since the people who made the studio what it was have nothing to do with it. Seems a cheap way to generate interest in whatever games the studio creates, rather than let the games speak for themselves.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Morville O'Driscoll on 26th August 2012 5:06pm

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Sam Maxted Journalist / Community / Support 5 years ago
If they plan on developing similar games, it makes sense for them to resurrect the Black Isle branding, even if nobody from the original company works there. If nothing else, it'll give some idea of what to expect from titles produced by them.

I'm not saying it's not a cynical cash-in - just that it makes a certain amount of sense.
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Joshua Rose Executive Producer / Lead Designer, Storm Eagle Studios5 years ago
New Baldur's Gate

New Baldur's Gate

New Baldur's Gate

New Baldur's Gate

New Baldur's Gate

New Baldur's Gate

PLEASE!!!!! pretty please??????
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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 5 years ago
Would it be any good?

New! Baldur's Gate! Now with auto-aim. And third-person perspective. And an easily managable party (1 member, to customize how you want!).

Or maybe I'm just a bit too cynical. :p
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Frederic Eichinger Web Developer 5 years ago
We'll see, I assume. But the likelyhood of it being a cash-in is ... overwhelming, I'd say.
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James Berg Games User Researcher, EA Canada5 years ago
Trent Oster (the lead for Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition) tweeted this yesterday: "Excellent question Rob. @roblonginvs We are not at this moment affiliated with the new Black Isle Studios"

I'd love to see them update Planescape:Torment, even if wasn't the original team. Still my favourite game :)

And if you're a BG fan, check out BG:EE, it's looking fantastic so far, and it's available for pre-order on PC. I'll be available on IPad, Mac OSX, and Android.
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Kevin Patterson musician 5 years ago
I wish interplay would release an updated Descent for XBLA or PC, or better yet a new title or reboot. There is nothing like that style of game today. And while I am at it, Activision should allow Raven to make a new Heretic, MS should allow Rare to make a new Killer Instinct, and whoever owns the rights should make a new version of Forsaken.
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Petter Solberg Freelance Writer & Artist, 5 years ago
It seems like an odd move, unless they have actually been in talks with some of the former key developers. Either the tweets from former employees are covering up something, or Interplay is just crossing their fingers. Or do they actually have any tricks up the sleeve? It seems rather naive to think that a name is going to change something, especially seeing as most of the fanbase of the Black Isle franchises knows the company history pretty well.
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Tamir Ibrahim Programmer, Splash Damage5 years ago
Sounds like a good move if you were to go down the Kickstarter route. Black Isle is a big enough name to get funding for whatever they do regardless of who is actually involved. I don't think that's what Interplay are thinking though.
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