"It Really Feels Like Getting The Band Back Together"
Interplay has confirmed the resurrection of Black Isle studios, stating that they're "getting the band back together" to relaunch some of their beloved dormant IPs. However, they've also suggested that "expanding online and mobile platforms" may be a key market.
"Black Isle Studios returns to game publishing and is inviting the best talent to join its team to bring to market new AAA innovative RPGs based on Interplay’s critically acclaimed intellectual properties," reads a statement from Interplay CEO Herve Caen.
"It really feels like getting the band back together as we're seeing opportunities not available to us before," Caen said. "Given our unique position, expanding online and mobile platforms, and renewed interest in our proven properties, I see an incredible success potential for Black Isle Studios."
Interplay hasn't revealed who the band members are as yet, but ex-Planescape designer and current Obsidian staffer Chris Avellone is firmly out.
What IPs can we expect Black Isle to relaunch? The studio was responsible for Fallout and Fallout 2 (unlikely), Planescape: Torment (difficult without Avellone on board) and the Icewind Dale series, while Interplay still owns the rights to several other properties from BioWare, Shiny and others. I'd love a new Icewind Dale for the record.