Interplay Is Back

Project V13

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This is not particularly fresh news, but since Briosa has been busy lately (let’s hope he’ll get better soon), I thought it’s good to at least help with catching up with the most important of the recent events.

Interplay is not only back with a new website, but the company has announced that Chris Taylor, another member of the original Fallout team, has joined Jason Anderson as a member of IPLY’s new development team:

BEVERLY HILLS, CA, September 22, 2008 – Interplay Entertainment Corp. (OTC BB:IPLY) announced today the launch of an all-new web site at www.interplay.com.

The site, developed over the last several months, is designed to improve the company’s communication with customers, investors, and partners. The new site includes forums based on past and future Interplay games, a customer support section, detailed information on the company and its products, and much more.

The company also announced that Chris Taylor, a game designer who was a part of the original Fallout game development team at Interplay in 1994, has rejoined the company. Taylor will serve as Lead System Designer for “Project V13,” the working title of Interplay’s next generation Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMO) currently in development. Taylor joins other original Fallout team members on staff at Interplay’s internal game studio, which recently opened an office in Irvine, Calif. Additional development staff members continue to be hired as the project ramps-up.

Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what Project V13 is, given that Interplay has licensed the rights to a Fallout MMORPG after selling the franchise to Bethesda.

For a summary of available information and some speculation about the project, see the Project V13 FAQ at The Vault.

Getting Back, Misc. Edition

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After these images were posted 117.308 people visited this blog. Wow.

Games For Windows is no more. All the best for Jeff Green and the crew in their new endeavor and all the luck for the artists that were laid off.

Word in the street is that the embargo on pics and info about Fallout 3 is almost over, a lot of stuff will show up online soon.

Interplay teases about their new site coming really soon. Ok then.

Both my computers were infected, I lost gigs of data. Some things I’ve been able to recover, others seem to be lost forever. My e-mail contacts seem to be in this last category, so if you know me send a mail so I can create a new list, please.

Interplay: No Assurances

A new SEC filling from Interplay, with a rather curious take on the present state of the company:

We have sold “Fallout” to a third party and have obtained a license back which could allow us to create, develop and exploit a “Fallout” Massively Multiplayer Online Game . We are planning to exploit the license back of “Fallout” MMOG. The Company continues to seek external sources of funding, including but not limited to, incurring debt, the selling of assets or securities, licensing of certain product rights in selected territories, selected distribution agreements, and/or other strategic transactions sufficient to provide short-term funding, and achieve our long-term strategic objectives.

Our business and industry has certain risks and uncertainties. During 2007, we sold an asset and we started design work of a MMOG. There can be no assurance we can successfully develop a “Fallout” MMOG.

Oh yes, no assurance indeed:

As of December 31, 2007, our cash balance was approximately $1.1 million and our working capital deficit totaled approximately $2.3 million. We have some significant creditors that comprise a substantial proportion of outstanding obligations that we might not be able to satisfy. There is a balance owing to
Atari Interactive, Inc. (“Atari”) of approximately $1 million, and we may be unable to satisfy this debt which became due on March 31, 2008.[...]

We are planning to exploit our license back of “Fallout” MMOG and are reviewing the avenues for securing financing of at least $30 million to fund its production but no assurance can be made that we will be able to do so, and our license back may as a result be terminated.

They also talk about making MDK, Earthworm Jim, Dark Alliance and Descent games, on their new facilities in Beverly Hills, that they now have a development crew ( with Jason Anderson) and more people working for them in France.

But no assurances about anything, this is Interplay…

Spotted at NMA, more news about Interplay soon.

Interplay Sold?

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Apparently 56% of the shares of Interplay were sold, giving control to a Luxembourgian company:

On March 21, 2008 the Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer, Herve Caen, received a letter providing written notice of there having been a change in control of the registrant. According to such letter, Financial Planning and Development S.A., a Luxembourg company (“FPD”), acquired the holding of approximately 58 million shares of common stock of the registrant, representing approximately 56% of the outstanding shares of capital stock of the registrant, previously held by Titus Interactive S.A. (in bankruptcy) (“Titus”) on April 30, 2007 in a private sale by the bankruptcy trustee of Titus.

The amount of the consideration paid for such holding by FPD is not known to the registrant. The source of the funds used for the acquisition is not known to the registrant. There were and are no arrangements or understandings with respect to election of directors or other matters of the registrant, known to the registrant. There are no arrangements, known to the registrant, including any pledge by any person of securities of the registrant or any parent, the operation of which may at a subsequent date result in a change in control of the registrant.

Besides this 8-K there’s also a 10-K/A that was sent yesterday.

I’ll continue to check NMA on developments of this deal, meanwhile here’s the Interplay Fallout Online MMORPG presentation detailing Interplay’s plans for the future.

FOOL Wiki

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Ausir of the Fallout 3 FAQ at The Vault and Fallout wikia fame, now has started a new FAQ on Fallout Online, the surprising new project of Interplay:

What is Fallout Online?

Fallout Online is a working title for a possible futuristic post-apocalyptic Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game set in the Fallout world, an alternate universe based on 50s sci-fi pulp fiction, as if the world had stopped in the optimistic 50s and found itself on a dystopian post-apocalyptic reality. It will be a spin-off of the Fallout series, which includes Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout 3.

Is Fallout Online the official title?

No. Since no title has been officially announced, the name Fallout Online (or FOOL) is used by Fallout fans to refer to the possible future Fallout MMO. The official title will be known after the game is announced.

Is Fallout Online really in development?

The game has not been announced yet, however, Interplay has licensed the rights to a Fallout MMORPG from Bethesda and hired Jason Anderson, one of the creators of Fallout, to work on an unannounced MMORPG project, and since Interplay is working on only one project, the project being Fallout Online is a pretty safe bet.

Ausir is tireless and relentless. Salute.