Interplay Entertainment

Interplay Entertainment (founded Interplay Productions ) is since 1983 an American game developer and publisher.


1983 to mid-1990

Interplay Productions was founded in 1983 in Southern California by former employees of the computer game manufacturer Boone Corporation. President was Brian Fargo. First became famous for the development studio by the computer role-playing game The Bard's Tale and Wasteland. In 1988, Interplay began to distribute games from other manufacturers. Large gained fame Interplay in 1995 as a publisher of the 3D spaceship shooter Descent. In the same year Interplay acquired the licenses for the campaign worlds Forgotten Realms and Planescape the RPG Dungeons & Dragons rules, on the basis of internal development team designed several games. Since 1998, Interplay's RPG department changed its name finally under the name Black Isle Studios.

Decline from the late 1990s

1998 Interplay went to the U.S. Securities and Exchange NASDAQ. Despite some successful games like Fallout and Baldur 's Gate and the attempt to grasp with Interplay Movies in the film world by foot, it was not possible to make a profit in the long term. Over the next seven years, the company recorded losses only.

The main reason for the demise of Interplay's Brian Fargo called in later times, that it was the company did not succeed in time to position itself in the console market. Accordingly, the company had missed the cycle for the 5th generation of consoles, so that an entry-level and develop the required skills development before the advent of the successor generation seemed very promising. At the same time revenue in its core market of PC games were increasingly demand and the revenue of the successful D & D games like Baldur 's Gate were significantly reduced by the contractual license payments to TSR and developer BioWare. Finally, Interplay was missing compared to other publishers also a zugkräftiges franchise that could be implemented on consoles after the game principle of the most appealing title Baldur 's Gate was heavily tailored to the PC platform. The acquisitions of Shiny Entertainment and the three-year development of wild- 9 presented at least an attempt, to a certain extent in the console market to gain a foothold, but not financially paid off. The sum of the causes eventually led to the company came under increasing financial difficulties. The acquisition Shinys was successively. 1995 Interplay acquired 91 % of the company of company owners David Perry for 3.6 million U.S. dollars, the remaining 9 % was acquired in 2001 for $ 600,000. In April 2002, Interplay Shiny sold for 47 million to Infogrames and its subsidiary Atari (formerly Warner ).

2001, the French publisher Titus Interactive was the majority shareholder of the ailing company, without, however, to take full control. January 2002 Brian Fargo left the company because of disagreements with the new majority owner. Titus - founder Hervé Caen then took over the management. Also in 2002, Interplay ended mostly his activities as a publisher and was from then on its games by Vivendi Universal Games sell. In the same year Interplay was canceled due to the low goodwill from NASDAQ. End of 2002 / beginning of 2003 Interplay lost the D & D license, so that the development studio Black Isle ongoing for two years working on Baldur 's Gate 3: The Black Hound (internal working title: Project Jefferson ) had to stop. During the year 2003 Interplay finally also ordered the setting of very advanced work on a sequel to Fallout 2, you to continue to focus on the development of console games, which ultimately led to the closure of the developer. In July 2004, Interplay awarded a license to develop Fallout 3 (and the option for part 4 and 5 ) to Bethesda Softworks, but the trademark remained with Interplay. On 8 June 2004, Interplay was closed by the state because not paid in over a month wages, but soon opened it again.

In August 2004, Interplay majority owner Titus filed for bankruptcy and was smashed. Consequently, also threatened Interplay closure, for example, immediately the Interplay website has been taken offline. Only on 4 July 2005 was the site back online (albeit without much content ) behind it, this time with an independent Interplay.

Development from 2006

End of 2006, Interplay announced that it has found an investor and is now fully concentrate on developing an online branch of the Fallout series with the working title Project V13. To finance this, Interplay sold, among other things, in April 2007 for 5.75 million U.S. dollars and retention of a development license for a Fallout MMO Fallout the trademark rights to Bethesda Softworks and was so by the licensor to the licensee. For this project, there were contractual obligations that were not complied with, in the opinion Bethesda's why in 2009 a lawsuit was aimed at. Interplay other hand, drew his hand in court and threw Bethesda right to have violated even by blockade of Project V13 against the contract. This lawsuit was settled out of court in January 2012 by Bethesda Interplay paid two million U.S. dollars and for the rights received at the MMOG as well as from 1 January 2014 for Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics.

On August 22, 2012 Interplay announced the revival of our own Black Isle Studios.

Produced Games

The produced and developed by Interplay games, listed by alphabetical order. Due to the fact that almost all the games released on the PC, only the mention of the specific console.

Displaced Games

  • Atomic Bomberman (1997)
  • Battle Chess (1988 )
  • Buzz Aldrin 's Race Into Space (1992 )
  • Descent (1995)
  • Neuromancer (1988 )
  • Warcraft (1994 )