Black Isle Studios being resuscitated by Interplay

Wednesday, 22nd August 2012 17:08 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Black Isle Studios is getting resuscitated by Interplay, according evidence found via various social media outlets and a webpage.

Black Isle was the developer behind such beloved RPG titles such as Icewind Dale, Planescape: Torment, and of course Fallout.

Here’s a website pointing to the reincarnation, as well as a Twitter account and  aFacebook page which was created on August 13.

Eurogamer notes the website is registered to Interplay and Herve Caen.

inXile Entertainment’s Brian Fargo, who co-founded Interplay, said via Twitter: “I just read that Interplay is bringing back Black Isle. Hmmm… Not enough info for me to comment.”

Another Black Isle co-founder, Feargus Urquhart moved on from the studio to form Obsidian Entertainment, and Chris Avellone who works there as well told Eurogamer:

“[This] doesn’t involve Obsidian at all. No idea what it’s about. I wasn’t aware anything beyond the name was left at Interplay.”

We’ll update you on this when we hear more.



  1. Ercarret

    I don’t like this. It may turn out OK, which would be wonderful, but I think it’s more likely to either just crash and burn (which would be horrible, given the legacy of the old BIS) or just be irrelevant (which would be almost as horrible as the crash and burn option, for the same reasons). Aren’t Interplay nearly bankrupt anyway? This seems like a pretty desperate act, which I don’t like. Not when Black Isle Studio’s good name is on the line.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    Yeah, by all accounts the old team are at Overhaul Games or Obsidian Entertainment.

    This is just gonna be an empty label. Kinda like Bioware!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ManuOtaku

    #1 lets pray for the better here, that is a good symbiosis that will benefit both ot them.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. freedoms_stain

    Yeah, It’s just a name, I think we’re approaching the point where you’ve got to look at who’s in the studio instead of just what it’s called.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. The_Red

    But sadly true. The closest thing to the true Black Isle was Troika games.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. OlderGamer

    What freedoms said.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Da Man

    Let’s just hope noone from the old company is there anymore, wouldn’t want even more of those 90s wordy rpg games. It was all cool once or twice.

    #7 2 years ago

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