BIS speaks

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by Briosafreak, May 14, 2003.

  1. Briosafreak

    Briosafreak Lived Through the Heat Death

    Dec 18, 2003
    J.E. Sawyer from Black Isle Studios started an interesting thread on the Interplay message boards, talking about the present and future of the company that is supposed to produce Fallout3 one day. Here is a quote:

    <blockquote>However, Black Isle and Interplay are not abandoning PC RPGs. Despite all of our recent troubles, we are still moving forward with PC RPG development. Interplay recognizes that although the majority of its business must be console, they can still make good profits with PC RPGs. Yes, even hardcore PC RPGs. </blockquote>

    There are still a few issues, like the departure of Fergus Urqhuart that remain unanswered, but it´s good to finally know what plans Interplay has for the future.

    But what really got my attention was this part:

    <blockquote>It is quite likely that the next project we announce will be Van Buren. </blockquote>
    Hmm so since this is a code name what does that mean? Baldurs Gate3? Icewind Dale3? A new setting? Or Fallout3?...
  2. DJ Slamák

    DJ Slamák Brain for eat. Not for think.

    Apr 2, 2003
    I don't think Van Buren is BG3. It's more likely IMO that that's what Jefferson is; it would explain the charade around the announcement of the game (apparently IPLY lost the license to publish BG games for the PC some time ago and they're trying to get it back. Gonna be fun when they don't get it.... :twisted: )
  3. Raymondo2000

    Raymondo2000 It Wandered In From the Wastes

    May 7, 2003
    Don't get your hopes up after all it is interplay we're talking about.
  4. Odin

    Odin Carbon Dated and Proud

    Apr 2, 2003
    Yeah, it's starting to look like they scrapped Jefferson.. JE says the next title to be announced will be Van Buren, which means they're going to announce this before Jefferson..

    read here:
    This IS disturbing!!
  5. Vegetable

    Vegetable First time out of the vault

    Apr 7, 2003
    Just a few words:
    IPLYs poster seem to believe that Van Buren will be Fallout 3..
    I saddened by the fact that it looks like BIS doesn’t show off their capabilities in the RPG genre, (That is Jefferson not coming in the near future) I would have liked to see what they can do today..
  6. Raymondo2000

    Raymondo2000 It Wandered In From the Wastes

    May 7, 2003
    Well if it is Fallout 3 and interplay fuck it up then... I'M GOING TO FUCKING SHOOT MYSELF. I'm fucking sick of Interplay fucking up good games just to make a few bucks.
  7. Roshambo

    Roshambo Antediluvian as Feck

    Apr 3, 2003
    The funny thing that the suits at Interplay do not understand is that games that have visible effort and work done on them do much better than those with a gimmick or are just churned out quickly and haphazardly.

    There's no substitute for good design, period.
  8. Saint_Proverbius

    Saint_Proverbius Vault Senior Citizen

    Apr 6, 2003
    What gets me is that Interplay loses lots of money in the console arena. They took it in the pants switching over heavily to consoles in 2001, and since then they've only had two decent selling console titles, BG: DA and Hunter, and neither one of those could be considered break out hits. Hunter sold 184k units, which isn't that great for PC sales, let alone console sales.
  9. Roshambo

    Roshambo Antediluvian as Feck

    Apr 3, 2003
    Well, you have to remember that they are filled with the failures from other markets. They take a look at sales on the consoles and figure that a title on consoles will instantly make them money.

    What they fail to understand is that while there are a good number of mass-selling titles, there's also exponentially more flops and mediocre titles that visibly hadn't much effort put into them and thusly do not sell as well.
  10. Celestial

    Celestial Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Apr 21, 2003
    To Raymondo2000

    Shooting yourself? :? Nah.
    Better way is to die as a true Fallout fan: from radiation poisoning. :wink:

    And now seriously:
    I hope that Van Buren will be Fallout3. But knowing Interplay which is going down the shitter those days it could also be a completly new project. :evil:
  11. Raymondo2000

    Raymondo2000 It Wandered In From the Wastes

    May 7, 2003
    If you think about it releasing or starting fallout 3 now would be the best time, it would be the only way that interplay could get out of this shit hole or even come close.

    I’m crossing my fingers because if Fallout 3s anything like FO:BOS then dear god help us all.
  12. Ozrat

    Ozrat Antediluvian as Feck

    Apr 2, 2003
    If Interplay had any marketing brains at all, they would've announced Fallout 3 with Fallout: POS at the same time. That way they could satisfy us the real Fallout fans and we would probably be way too busy drooling (assuming it's good) to say something about its crappy cousin. But noooo, they have to wait until we drive the last nail into the coffin before they (potentially) offer us something good.

    Honestly, it sound too good to be true for me.
  13. Ratty Sr.

    Ratty Sr. Formerly known as Ratty Moderator Orderite

    Apr 23, 2003
    even if they do announce an ambitious project like Torn and Jefferson, they'll most likely scrap it in a few months' time (like Torn and Jefferson) :(