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Urizen
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 4:59 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

[ Company -> Editorial ] - More info on Person: Herve Caen | More info on Company: Interplay

What with all the recent Interplay news and rumours flying around, a brief summary of the corporation's history may be appropriate. Old-timers may not find much news here, but others may find it somewhat enlightening.

In 1982, Adhaminto Boone had to close down his small games company, Boone Corporation. Brian Fargo, who was vice-president of R&D, took along some of the senior programmers to found Interplay productions. The small outfit published several titles, but finally struck gold with "The Bard's Tale" and "Wasteland", which gave them the financial backing they needed to start publishing their own titles, instead of relying on EA as their publisher.

They started publishing games from other companies in 1988, but it wasn't until 1993 that they managed another hit, and started the "Descent" series, first produced by Parallax Software. Starting in 1992, they were noted for pumping out a few Star Trek games, and in 1997 they hit the motherlode with Fallout and MDK, followed by Baldur's Gate in 1998. Boldened by their success, Interplay went public that same year, and changed the name to Interplay Entertainment Corp.

But the move was a bad one, and they reported several years of losses. The french company Titus Interactive started aquiring Interplay stock, and had by 2000 gained majority control of the company. Titus installed a new president, Herve Caen, but Fargo stayed on for a while as company chairman. However, Titus was allready in financial and legal trouble at that point, and eventually had to close business in 2004. Since his installment as president, Herve had tried to shift the company's attention towards console games, an area where the company had never had much success. They missed the 2002 christmas season, and Interplay was clearly on the road to oblivion.

Interplay was evicted by its landlord for not paying rent on the very day that Titus quit business, and most of the remaining staff had to leave because they weren't getting paid. Herve and a few others relocated to an other office, trying to get the company going again by selling off their various assets, but its various debts was simply too staggering. They eventually sold the rights to Fallout 3 to Bethesda, but kept the rights to make a Fallout MMO.

On 23 November last year, Interplay was served with an involuntary bankruptcy order, possibly by Corith, their former web developer, who is known for his special hatred for Herve. A week after that, Interplay filed a SEC form, stating their intent to seek european funding for a Fallout MMOG project. The form notes their intent to begin development in January 2007, revealing a timetable many would find ludicrous.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:08 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

You should post this in the wiki.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:15 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

omg he just beat Teat for worst news post.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:16 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

the french ruin everything.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:52 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Good, but with a few factual mistakes.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:57 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Could you please tell me more about this Corinth guy?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:21 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I misread the title for Hitlerplay history tard
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 9:21 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Now that's newsworthy.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 9:36 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

King of Creation wrote:
You should post this in the wiki.


What happened to the wiki, by the way? The Wikipocalypse... is it no longer DAC-exclusive?

St. Toxic wrote:
Now that's newsworthy.


POPE'S DEAD.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 9:54 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I'm on my mobile right now, and i've had a few pints, so i won't get into anything Complicated. 1.I'll post it in the wiki when i get home. 2. I think corinth has taken down his old site, but I'll post the newer and milder url when i get home. 3. Various sources have very differing versions of the interplay chronology. I've relied mostly on my own memory, supplemented by these sources, and when these conflicted, i've chosen the one i found most likely in relation to the general timeline. I'll be very gratefull for any corrections, and I'll update the post accordingly, assuming that relevant sources are included.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

A few corrections, of the top of my head:
Corith, not Corinth

Interplay filed the investor proposal a week after the involuntary bankruptcy notice

You're forgetting gems like this. There's a lot more details you're missing, but 'course it's a short history
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:00 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interplay tard
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:20 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Alexander wrote:

What happened to the wiki, by the way? The Wikipocalypse... is it no longer DAC-exclusive?


We got rid of the wikipocalypse because no one was contributing to it and it was getting attacked by bots all the time and crashing our server.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:05 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Urizen wrote:
Interplay was clearly on the road to oblivion.


With guns.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:28 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

King of Creation wrote:
You should post this in the wiki.

done

Cthulhu wrote:
Could you please tell me more about this Corinth guy?

this is his current interplay rant: "http://www.itsuckstobejoe.com/interplay.asp". he used to have a flame site detailing his relations with herve, but he may have taken it down. then again, i haven't really searched for it. he started off at interplay as web developer and then went on to become a designer, before interplay died.

Kharn wrote:
A few corrections, of the top of my head:
Corith, not Corinth

right, fixed

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Interplay filed the investor proposal a week after the involuntary bankruptcy notice

fixed also

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You're forgetting gems like this. There's a lot more details you're missing, but 'course it's a short history

i'll consider including it, but like you said, it's meant to be a short story

thanks for the feedback icon_hug

EDIT: i haven't been able to remedy the inaccuracies on the front page (only here in this post), because i keep getting the message "You do not have permission to access this page.". if KoC or someone else could grant me access or fix it whichever is more convenient, that would be nice. thanks
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 4:49 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

His site is still online, thanks.
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