Black Isle launches crowd-funding drive for studio’s ‘resurrection’, new project

Thursday, 20th December 2012 11:20 GMT By Dave Cook

Black Isle Studios, the prolific studio behind iconic RPGs such as Fallout 2, Planescape: Torment and Icewind Dale could make an industry comeback, but the developers looking to do so need your moral and financial support to do so. Developers – all of which currently work at Interplay and worked on Fallout 2 back in the day – have posted a rather bizarre ‘end of the world’ clip that calls for donations to help fund the studio’s revival, and fund its first game as a unit.

The clip features mini-interviews with the Interplay developers that hope to bring Back Isle Studios back to the industry, and makes mention of games – that’s ‘games’ plural – that the studio hopes to make should it see a successful rebirth.

Over on the Black Isle Studios blog, the Interplay team teases its first new project dubbed ‘PV13′, which is a post-apocalyptic strategy title:

“Project V13 is the first planned Black Isle Studios release in years, a post-apocalyptic strategy RPG. You will create a character to represent yourself within the game world. Your character will be a hardy adventurer from a variety of backgrounds; one of the last remaining humans, a new breed mutant, or a technologically advanced cyborg. The choice is yours.

“Once you have determined your character’s background, you will found your colony”. From a deserted city, a broken down military base, or even the ruins of an oil pumping station, the colony will be yours to rebuild and control.

“Attract non-player characters for guards, peons, scientists, and other activities. Or, if you are the type that so desires, shanghai the NPCs. Put them to work rebuilding your society and improving your colony.

“Meanwhile, you will experience grand adventures to gather the resources and ancient technologies as well as fight back the enemy hordes. Your character will gain experience, advance skills, learn new talents, and gain access to incredibly powerful equipment. Or die trying.”

It’s unclear how much money the Interplay developers will need to reform Black Isle Studios as a fully-functioning company, or how much the game will cost to make, but it is asking for your help regardless.

Would you pay to see Black Isle Studios reborn, even if it is without its original members? Let us know below.

Thanks Eurogamer.



  1. Ercarret

    They are still/yet again an Interplay studio, are they not? Why do they then need my money to get things started? I don’t get it and I don’t like it. People have more then proved that there still is a market for these kinds of games, via the Wasteland 2 and Project: Eternity Kickstarters – the latter even name dropping Black Isle and their former employees as a reason to fund them.

    If Interplay want to resurrect Black Isle – which I don’t think is a good idea, but my musings on that is kind of beside the point – then resurrect them yourself! Asking fans to support that is … agh! It’s weird and wrong.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. unacomn

    “Once you have determined your character’s background, you will found your colony”
    This creeps me out to no end, since I wrote an article about the lack of city building post-apocalyptic games a few weeks ago.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. voxelman

    Herve Caen isn’t getting my money. Dirty bastard

    #3 2 years ago
  4. xXNapsterManXx

    I don’t know if this is the best idea for all these studios that haven’t made a game in awhile game design has changed ALOT since some of these guys shipped a game, will these years be able to appeal to what gamers need now days.
    Also this build base, gather people, protect base and character skill stuff sounds alot like the game Undead Labs is working on.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Soong

    Dave, you should really looks closer into this, or read up on it a bit more. NONE of the original Black Isle devs are even remotely involved with this. Some evil bastard with a big moustache is shamelessly using the Black Isle name in attempt to wring some money out of his shell of a company.

    This has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Black Isle we know, they are just using the name to get people to give them money. All they have is the company name, nothing more. By not at least clarifying this in your piece you 9and other journos who neglect to do so) are helping them rip off people. At least clarify that it has nothing to do with Black Isle from before. please.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @5 Thanks for clarifying mate. I’m not up on my old-school PC RPGs. It was a time and place I missed when growing up. So I appreciate the heads up. I’ll amend it now :)

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dave Cook

    @5 I’ve updated it to say that all the people involved currently work at Interplay. Granted it’s not the original Black Isle guys, but they are trying to reform the studio as Black Isle Studios’, whether people feel it’s a cash-grab scenario or not.

    Has the issue got you upset? I’m not asking that as a way to make fun of you, but in all seriousness. Do you reckon it pisses on Black Isle’s legacy?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    People have been supporting Black Isle studio for years. They jus happen to be called Obsidian Entertainment now.

    This is just a lazy attempt at cashing in on the prolific history of the label.

    @7 It’s a pretty huge insult to the fans, yeah.

    As Runic Games aptly proved with Torchlight, the people you have on your team means *everything* when it comes to designing your games. You can’t just add a bunch of new people, keep the same labels and brands, and expect to match the quality the company was famous for.

    Otherwise you end up with Diablo 3.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @8 that makes perfect sense. The game may not have any of the Black Isle magic at all, it would feel alien by comparison.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. expose the core

    Don’t forget that Herve Caen is the man behind the awful Superman 64 game.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Ireland Michael

    @9 May not? It must assuredly *will not*.

    Interplay hasn’t been a proper development studios in years. They’re a skeleton crew company much like Silicon Knights has become. The label still exists in the vaguest sense of the term, but to call them an actual business is laughable.

    This Project V13 is the remnants of the Fallout MMO they were supposed to be working on, and that went down the toilet ages ago. The people associated with the company right now are not individuals known for quality releases either.

    This is going to be a mess. Don’t be surprised if the end product is drivel (if it even materialises) and they run off with what little money they get out of this half assed caimpaign. It’s pretty telling that they’re not even going to Kickstarter – I think they know themselves that no self respecting gamer would support this farce.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Dave Cook

    @10 Whaaaaa? :O

    #12 2 years ago
  13. expose the core


    Herve founded Titus before he later bought Interplay.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Sini

    oh Prehistorik games, Titus wasnt all bad.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Bomba Luigi

    Black Isle was a great Studio, and I had many Hours of Fun thanks to them.

    But well, that was then, and now is now. It will never be the Same.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. darkblak

    “Will my contribution get me a copy of the Project V13 game if it is released?
    No. This campaign isn’t meant to fund the final PV13 video game.”

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DSB

    Fuck Titus!

    #17 2 years ago
  18. fearmonkey

    I would rather they try and bring back a new Descent, we just dont have any games like that these days, and I have been dying for a great title like that.

    Black Isle was great in its day but as Michael mentioned, the bulk of the talent moved on or formed/joined Obsidian. I was surprised to hear Project V13 mentioned, as I figured it was a dead deal since bethesda owns Fallout now. I would rather they left the name Black isle out completely, it’s like the Blues brothers without John or Dan, it wouldn’t have the magic.

    Please please Interplay, just make a new descent already!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. YoungZer0

    You know what i’d really love to see? Arcanum 2 in the Skyrim engine.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. absolutezero

    Fund this Kickstarter so we can put togethor a team to launch a kickstarter to fund the development of a game.

    How about no. How about fuck off? How about stop raping Kickstarter you horrible fucking terrible excuse for an industry.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Ireland Michael

    @20 It’s not on Kickstarter…

    #21 2 years ago

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