IPLY still alive?

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by Odin, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. Odin

    Odin Carbon Dated and Proud
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    Apr 2, 2003
    Tor of Gamespot have picked up on the Titus going bankrupt story and have posted a small article regarding it, here's a bit from it:<blockquote>However, since the bankruptcy was from the local court where Titus' headquarters is located, it does not affect Titus' international subsidiaries which include: Cat Software, DIGITAL Integration, Uco Games and Avalon Interactive in Britain; Titus Japan; and Bluesky Software, Titus USA, and Interplay. In fact, the Agence-France Press news service quoted an unnamed source as saying that Interplay "continues to live for the moment."

    How long that "moment" will last is to be determined. Although it sold the rights to its popular Fallout series to Bethesda Softworks last year, Interplay still has a number of licenses it could sell, including Kingpin, the Baldur's Gate-free Dark Alliance, and the rights to a Fallout MMORPG. However, the question remains who will assume control of the approximate 67 percent of Interplay stock Titus now owns. Attempts to contact Interplay spokespersons were unsuccessful as of press time. </blockquote>So who has the money to pay for this, or will it be sold in pieces?
    Link: Titus Bankrupt story on Gamespot
    Thanks goes out to Briosafreak for informing us.
     
  2. PsychoSniper

    PsychoSniper So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Jun 27, 2003
    We can only hope that someone we like buys that controing interst, then fires Herve.
     
  3. Ratty Sr.

    Ratty Sr. Ratty, except old Moderator Orderite

    Apr 23, 2003
    The question is: who would want to buy Interplay? Their remaining licenses are of questionable value, and their brand is worthless (what with all the bullshit associated with them). Sad end of a once glorious company.
     
  4. Tyr

    Tyr First time out of the vault

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    Dec 24, 2004
    Ratty, don't underestimate the value of FOO. With "Post-Apoc" being the hottest current catch phrase (albeit a recycled one), and the MMo market hotter (and more saturated..) than ever, I could certainly see IPLY selling off the rights to FOO for mega bucks to a startup company, or a veteran company trying to branch into the online market. If they manage to peddle the license off to some big name vendor or other, it will undoubtedly keep Interplay afloat for yet another year of releasing substandard shitware titles in Europe.

    Interplay talks aside, is there any chance that Troika or Obsidian will make a move and try to obtain the FOO license? I know that both teams are hesistant to enter the MMO market, and I know that it's a future train wreck, regardless of whom produces and develops the game, but if a BIS splinter team gets their hands on it, atleast it will be a moderately entertaining train wreck. Considering neither Obsidian nor Troika have MMO experience, if either company does FOO, there's a remote possibility that it could be free of the trappings and trends of modern MMOs.

    It pains me to admit it, but I'd probably look forward to FOO if it were done in a unique manner, and stayed true to the series.
     
  5. Wild_qwerty

    Wild_qwerty Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 2, 2004
    I'll give Titus two mince pies for the stock, and thats my finial offer!
     
  6. PsychoSniper

    PsychoSniper So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Jun 27, 2003
    TYR.......... Its FOOL, not FOO.


    And I doubt either company would be stupid enough to but FOOL. They know noone wants FOOL, and they dont want to loose money like FOOLs.
     
  7. ferrarimanf355

    ferrarimanf355 It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Dec 21, 2003
    I can only hope that if that's the case, that EA doesn't buy IPLY's controlling interest. Look at any EA product published over the past two years, the EA Spouse blog or the controversy over their exclusivity deal with the NFL, and you'll know what I mean. :twisted:
     
  8. Tyr

    Tyr First time out of the vault

    12
    Dec 24, 2004
    I was an EA fan for years, solely thanks to their Madden line, but the entire NFL Exclusivity thing killed it for me.

    I see nothing wrong with forcing employees into slave labour like situations, but to ruthlessly monopolize the NFL based gaming market, effectively destroying the graphically superior ESPN 2kX Football series? Unholy beasts.
     
  9. jr.

    jr. First time out of the vault

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    Jan 3, 2004
    "post-apocalyptic" isn't a hot phrase in the industry, at least not among the people who know what they're doing. it's got no edge over any other setting, currently, and i don't think it has for quite a while. the massively multiplayer market isn't especially hot, either. it's the coolest i remember it being. Everquest II and Starwars Galaxies can't even draw in a crowd. Worlds of Warcraft is the only one doing okay, isn't it? i'd say this is the absolute worst time for a Fallout massively multiplayer RPG for alot of reasons, least of which because the name "Fallout" means all of jack shit to anyone but Fallout fans. ironicly the only person stupid enough to buy up the rights to FOOL would probably be Herve Caen.

    speaking of that, Interplay has about $70,000 in cash and $10,000,000 in debt, plus they're facing alot of lawsuits. $70,000 isn't even enough to pay Herve's salery for very long. the useless shithead himself even admits that it's going to be over unless an outside financer steps in to save them, so even if there is some developer suicidal enough to buy FOOL, and Herve was willing to sell, it wouldn't be of any help unless it sold for a momumental sum. it's unavoidable that Interplay goes down soon. FOOL being anyone's salvation is a pipedream.
     
  10. Role-Player

    Role-Player A Smooth-Skin

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    Dec 21, 2003
    But FOO makes it so much better for all Mr. T puns!
     
  11. Puuk

    Puuk It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Jul 26, 2003
    After reading this article, I keep having a mental image of a cockroach refusing to die after repeated saturations from a can of bug repellent.
     
  12. Ashmo

    Ashmo Half-way Through My Half-life
    Orderite

    Jul 2, 2004
    That's actually what's happening here. Replace "a can" with "various cans" though.
     
  13. Claw

    Claw Where'd That 6th Toe Come From?

    499
    Jan 18, 2004
    Why the heck Europe?
     
  14. Ratty Sr.

    Ratty Sr. Ratty, except old Moderator Orderite

    Apr 23, 2003
    Yeah, I always figured we Europeans were a bit more refined bunch, gaming-wise. Some of the greatest PC titles released in the past few years come from Europe - Operation Flashpoint, Mafia, Gothic, Far Cry, to name a few. Quite refreshing in a world saturated with bullshit console games.
     
  15. DarkUnderlord

    DarkUnderlord Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    965
    Apr 6, 2003
    Interplay may be alive but it's only because nobody's bothered turning off the life support.