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Interplay Entertainment Corporation is an American video game publisher and developer. World Interplay is the largest festival of young playwrights in the world. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ...

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History

The company was founded as "Interplay Productions" in Southern California in 1983 with Brian Fargo as president. Its original staff came from former employees of a small video game developer called Boone Corporation. Interplay made a name for itself as a quality computer game developer with the role-playing games The Bard's Tale and Wasteland, which were published by Electronic Arts. Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Brian Fargo is a computer game developer and notable game industry figure. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Bards Tale (Tales of the Unknown: Volume I) is a computer fantasy role-playing game created by Interplay Productions in 1985 and distributed by Electronic Arts. ... Wasteland is a post-apocalyptic computer role-playing game first released in 1986. ... Electronic Arts (EA) (NASDAQ: ERTS) is an American developer, marketer, publisher, and distributor of computer and video games. ...


Interplay started publishing its own games, starting with Neuromancer and Battle Chess, in 1988, and then moved on to publish and distribute games from other companies, while continuing internal game development. In 1993, Interplay published the hit game Descent, developed by startup Parallax Software. Neuromancer is a video game based on William Gibsons novel Neuromancer. ... Battle Chess is a computer game version of chess released for the 3DO, PC, Apple IIGS, Commodore 64, Amiga, Amiga CDTV, CD32, Atari ST, Apple Macintosh, Acorn Archimedes and Nintendo Entertainment System in which the chess pieces came to life and battled one another when capturing. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Descent is a 3D first-person shooter video game which spawned two direct sequels (Descent II and Descent³). The Descent name was also used for an unrelated space simulator released by Volition, Inc. ... Parallax Software is the Midwest game developer who created the Descent [1] series. ...


The company published several notable Star Trek games, including Star Trek: 25th Anniversary and Star Trek: Judgment Rites. These games had later CD-ROM editions released with the original Star Trek cast providing voices. Interplay also published the significant Starfleet Academy and Klingon Academy games, and Starfleet Command series, beginning with Star Trek: Starfleet Command. Another game, Star Trek: Secret Of Vulcan Fury, was in development in the late 1990s, with a script written by Star Trek writer Dorothy Fontana; however this title was never completed. This article is about the entire Star Trek franchise. ... Star Trek: Judgment Rites is a video game first produced by Interplay in 1994, featuring the original cast of the classic Star Trek in a series of new adventures, including one featuring Trelane, the omnipotent child from the original episode The Squire of Gothos. Uses the same DOS gaming engine... The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (ROM)) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ... The official logo of Starfleet Academy, circa 2370. ... Star Trek: Klingon Academy, also known as Klingon Academy, is a starship combat simulator computer game developed by 14 Degrees East, an internal development house of publisher Interplay Entertainment. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Dorothy Catherine D. C. Fontana, is a screenplay writer, best known for her work in the Star Trek television franchise, produced by Paramount Studios. ...


In 1997, Interplay developed and released Fallout, a successful and critically-acclaimed role-playing game set in a retro-futuristic post-apocalyptic setting which was followed by a sequel, Fallout 2. The most successful subsequent Interplay franchise was probably Baldur's Gate, a Dungeons & Dragons game that was developed by BioWare and published under Interplay's Black Isle Studios brand, and spawned a successful sequel and several expansion packs. Over the years, Interplay's most successful titles were PC games. The company published a few notable console games, such as ClayFighter, Rock 'N Roll Racing, The Lost Vikings, and Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, but Interplay was never quite able to establish a long-lasting console franchise. For the band, see 1997 (band). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ... Fallout 2 is a critically-acclaimed computer role-playing game published by Interplay in 1998. ... Title screen of Baldurs Gate, the first game in the series. ... D&D redirects here. ... BioWare Corp. ... Black Isle Studios was a division of the computer and video game developer and publisher Interplay Entertainment, created specifically for the development of computer role-playing games. ... IBM PC compatible computers are those generally similar to the original IBM PC, XT, and AT. Such computers used to be referred to as PC clones, or IBM clones since they almost exactly duplicated all the significant features of the PC, XT, or AT internal design, facilitated by various manufacturers... Game console redirects here. ... ClayFighter was a fighting game released for the SNES in 1993 and later ported to Sega Genesis in 1994. ... Rock N Roll Racing Start Screen, for Super Nintendo Rock N Roll Racing is a racing video game released for the Sega Genesis and SNES, published by Interplay and developed by Silicon & Synapse in 1993. ... The Lost Vikings is a side-scrolling puzzle/platform video game which was developed by Blizzard Entertainment (then known as Silicon & Synapse) and released in 1992 by publisher Interplay Entertainment. ...


Interplay attempted to get several of its games made into movies through its Interplay Films branch, notably Descent, Redneck Rampage[1], and Fallout, but no Interplay property was ever made into a film.


As part of one of their 2007 quarterly reports Interplay announced that their revenues had risen astronomically due almost entirely to the sale of their Fallout intellectual property to Bethesda Softworks back in mid-April. With the sale and other changes the company is now almost debt free, with its debt at a reported $3 million today compared to the $59 million from 2001.[2] Fallout may refer to: Nuclear fallout Half-Life Fallout a Half-Life fan site. ... Bethesda Softworks, LLC, a ZeniMax Media Company, is a developer and publisher of computer and video games. ...


Financial troubles

Interplay went public, with shares sold on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange, in 1998, changing its name to "Interplay Entertainment Corp." The company then reported several years of losses, as titles such as Descent³ and FreeSpace 2 had lackluster sales, despite being critically acclaimed. NASDAQ in Times Square, New York City. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Descent³ is the third and final game in the line of Descent computer games, well known for the use of six degrees of freedom and true 3D rendering technology. ... Descent: Freespace Screenshot Freespace 2 Screenshot Descent: FreeSpace is a space simulation computer game series developed by Volition Inc. ...


In 2002, Interplay shed most of its publisher functions and signed a long-term agreement by which Vivendi Universal would publish Interplay's games. Immediately afterwards, French publisher Titus Interactive completed its acquisition of majority control of the company, and founder Brian Fargo departed[3]. However, Titus went through financial and legal difficulties, culminating in a close of business in 2004. Titus left many of its employees, both local and the international wholly owned developers, without redundancy or owed back-pay, and left creditors with large debts. Also see: 2002 (number). ... Vivendi Universal (VU) is a French conglomerate active in media and communications with activities in music, television and film, publishing, telecommunications and the Internet. ... Titus Software was a long-running French software publisher, infamously known for creating Superman 64 that produced games for various formats over its lifetime. ... Brian Fargo is a computer game developer and notable game industry figure. ...


In 2002, Interplay's shares were delisted from the NASDAQ due to the company's low share price.


Shut Down

In 2004, the company was given an eviction notice by its landlord for non-payment of rent, and was briefly shut down by the California government for non-payment of workers' paychecks. This, combined with sketchy and sporadic information from Interplay representatives, led many in the game industry to speculate that Interplay had shut down. In fact, the company relocated to a small office and continued to operate, issuing occasional press releases about new publishing deals or the sale of an IP to another publisher. The company's web site shut down around this time. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A landlord, is the owner of a house, apartment, condominium, or real estate which is rented or leased to an individual or business, who is called the tenant. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... For the 2006 film, see Intellectual Property (film). ... A website, Web site or WWW site (often shortened to just site) is a collection of webpages, that is, HTML/XHTML documents accessible via HTTP on the Internet; all publicly accessible websites in existence comprise the World Wide Web. ...


In Summer 2005, the Interplay website re-launched with a logo and three links: "About Interplay", "SEC Filings/Financial", "Investor Relations". Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In Interplay's 10-K SEC filing made on June 3, 2005, it was revealed under the "Internal Product Development" section that in May 2004, Interplay was forced to close all of their internal development studios due to their inability to meet their payroll obligations in a timely manner. All internally-developed titles were canceled and there are no internally-developed titles being developed. However, under "External Product Development" it was revealed that on December 31, 2004, Interplay had one title being developed by an unnamed third party developer. The title is tentatively being called Ballerium.[4] Majorem, the apparent developer of the title, has since revealed that development of Ballerium (which was intended to be a MMO-RTS) has been suspended as the agreement that was to provide Majorem with the means to launch the title in the summer of 2005 could not be realized. Majorem also noted that this was "apparently due to Interplay's inability to raise the required funding to turn Majorem's technology into a game."[5] Majorem is currently accepting new offers for the licensing of its MMO-RTS technology as well as its almost finished game. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires public companies to file reports regularly so that they can be made available to the public. ... is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image:BalleriumScreenshot. ... Ballerium is a massively multiplayer online real-time strategy (MMORTS) game in development by Majorem. ... Image:BalleriumScreenshot. ... Image:BalleriumScreenshot. ...


In Interplay's 10-Q SEC filing made on June 21, 2005, it was revealed that under "Commitments and Contingencies" that Interplay Productions has multiple legal proceedings filed against it and has nearly USD$11 million in debt. Of interest is that Interplay received a notice from the IRS stating that they owe approximately $117,000 in payroll tax penalties and that Interplay was fined by the California Labor Board $10,000 for failure to meet payroll obligations and that an August 2005 trial date was set, and that Interplay's "general liability, auto, fiduciary liability, workers compensation and employment practices liability, have been canceled, however Interplay has entered into a new workers compensation insurance plan, Interplay is appealing a separate California Board of Labor fine of $79,000 for having lost their workers compensation plan for a period of time". Under "Contractual Obligations" it is revealed that Interplay does not have a headquarters at present because Interplay, in 2004, forfeited its lease and vacated its office space in Irvine, California.[6] is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... USD redirects here. ... . The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the United States government agency that collects taxes and enforces the tax laws. ... Motto: Innovation. ...


Fallout online game

In a securities filing with the U.S. government made on November 30, 2006, an attached presentation proposed a massively multiplayer online game based on the Fallout computer game franchise, which the company previously published. The presentation projected that the company would need investment of seventy-five million U.S. dollars to complete the project, with production intended to begin January 2007 and a launch date of 2010. The filing did not address the proposal in the context of the company's financial debt.[7] In April 2007 Bethesda Softworks announced that they had purchased the rights to the Fallout franchise for a reported $5.75 million. The deal made Bethesda the sole owner of the Fallout intellectual property with Interplay becoming a licensee so they can continue to pursue a Fallout MMO.[8] For security (collateral), the legal right given to a creditor by a borrower, see security interest A security is a fungible, negotiable instrument representing financial value. ... is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... “MMO” redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Bethesda Softworks, LLC, a ZeniMax Media Company, is a developer and publisher of computer and video games. ...


In Interplay's latest 8-K filing with the U.S. Government made on April 12, 2007, an attached exhibit 10.49 has more updated information on Interplay's planned Fallout MMOG[9]. Specific requirements were stated in the agreement that if not met, Interplay would immediately forfeit its license rights for Fallout. Neither the filing nor the exhibit specifies any details of how Interplay will start development within 24 months of April 2007 or how it will be able to acquire the minimum financing requirement of US$30 million, seemingly a difficult task for a company in such dire financial straits.


As part of a 2007 quarterly report Interplay CEO Herve Caen said that the company is "focused on securing funding for development of a Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) based on the popular Fallout franchise."


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This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ... BioWare Corp. ... The Bards Tale (Tales of the Unknown: Volume I) is a computer fantasy role-playing game created by Interplay Productions in 1985 and distributed by Electronic Arts. ... This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ... Battle Chess is a computer game version of chess released for the 3DO, PC, Apple IIGS, Commodore 64, Amiga, Amiga CDTV, CD32, Atari ST, Apple Macintosh, Acorn Archimedes and Nintendo Entertainment System in which the chess pieces came to life and battled one another when capturing. ... This article is about the Western board game. ... The Gametek release of Battlecruiser 3000AD Battlecruiser 3000AD (aka [BC3K] in Usenet) is one of the most-hyped, most-panned, and longest-developed (at the time) games in computer game history. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Blackthorne (disambiguation). ... Platform games, or platformers, are a very popular genre of video games that originated in the early 1980s. ... Blizzard Entertainment, a division of Vivendi Games, is an American computer game developer and publisher headquartered in Irvine, California. ... Buzz Aldrins Race Into Space (BARIS) is a space simulation and strategy game for the PC, designed by Fritz Bronner and published by Interplay in 1992. ... Castles is a video game developed by Quicksilver and published by Interplay Entertainment in 1991 and 1992. ... ClayFighter was a fighting game released for the SNES in 1993 and later ported to Sega Genesis in 1994. ... ClayFighter 63 1/3 is a fighting game released for the Nintendo 64 by Interplay in 1997. ... Claymates is a video game for the Sega Genesis and Super NES. Overview: A scientist that Clayton knows has developed a formula to manipulate clay into animals. ... Conquest of the New World is a computer game produced by Interplay in the mid-1990s. ... Cyberia is a science fiction action adventure video game originally released for MS-DOS in January of 1994, and released two years later on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn consoles. ... Gray Matter Interactive Studios, Inc. ... Descent is a 3D first-person shooter video game which spawned two direct sequels (Descent II and Descent³). The Descent name was also used for an unrelated space simulator released by Volition, Inc. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Parallax Software is the Midwest game developer who created the Descent [1] series. ... Descent: Freespace Screenshot Freespace 2 Screenshot Descent: FreeSpace is a space simulation computer game series developed by Volition Inc. ... In its broadest definition, a space simulation is any software that simulates space and/or space flight. ... Volition, Inc. ... Die by the Sword is a computer swordfighting game developed by Treyarch, and published by Tantrum Entertainment (a sub-brand of Interplay Productions) on February 28, 1998. ... This article is about the video game company. ... Dragon Wars was a computer fantasy role-playing game designed by Interplay Productions and distributed by Activision. ... Dungeon Master II: The Legend of Skullkeep is the sequel to Dungeon Master. ... Evolva is an innovative third-person action game, released in 2000. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ... Bethesda Softworks, LLC, a ZeniMax Media Company, is a developer and publisher of computer and video games. ... FreeSpace 2 is a space simulation computer game developed by Volition, Inc. ... Fragile Allegiance is an open-ended Real Time Strategy game from Gremlin Interactive, released in 1996 for MS-DOS and Windows 95. ... For the Indian town, see Haridwar Hardwar (sometimes stylized HardW[a]r or given the full name Hardwar: The Future Is Greedy) is a 1998 science fiction simulation computer game developed by the Software Refinery and published by Interplay and Gremlin Interactive. ... Kingpin: Life of Crime is a violent first-person shooter computer game developed by Xatrix Entertainment (now Gray Matter Interactive) and published by Interplay in 1999. ... Gray Matter Interactive Studios, Inc. ... Learn to Program BASIC is an edutainment software title released for the PC and Macintosh by Interplay. ... Lexi-cross is a 1991 DOS computer game by Interplay Productions. ... Mario Teaches Typing is an educational video game that is designed for teaching typing skills of children. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... Marios Game Gallery is a PC game developed by Interplay Entertainment Corp. ... M.A.X.: Mechanized Assault & Exploration is a turn-based strategy game released for DOS in 1997. ... MDK is a third-person shooter game developed by Shiny Entertainment and released in 1997 by Playmates Interactive Entertainment for the PC, Macintosh, and subsequently PlayStation. ... MDK2 is a video game and sequel to the third-person shooter, MDK. The original MDK was developed by Shiny Entertainment and released in 1997 by Interplay. ... Neuromancer is a video game based on William Gibsons novel Neuromancer. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This is an article about the computer and video game genre. ... Normality is a 1996 computer game developed by Gremlin Interactive Ltd. ... Planescape: Torment is a computer role-playing game (CRPG) that takes place in the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Planescape setting. ... The Lost Vikings is a side-scrolling puzzle/platform video game which was developed by Blizzard Entertainment (then known as Silicon & Synapse) and released in 1992 by publisher Interplay Entertainment. ... Blizzard Entertainment, a division of Vivendi Games, is an American computer game developer and publisher headquartered in Irvine, California. ... Redneck Rampage is a 1997 first-person shooter game designed by Xatrix Entertainment and published by Interplay. ... This article is about video games. ... Gray Matter Interactive Studios, Inc. ... Rock N Roll Racing Start Screen, for Super Nintendo Rock N Roll Racing is a racing video game released for the Sega Genesis and SNES, published by Interplay and developed by Silicon & Synapse in 1993. ... This article is about the speed competition. ... Blizzard Entertainment, a division of Vivendi Games, is an American computer game developer and publisher headquartered in Irvine, California. ... RPM Racing (short for Radical Psycho Machine Racing) is a Super Nintendo Entertainment System racing game developed by Silicon & Synapse(now known as Blizzard Entertainment ) with help from Interplay Entertainment and published by Interplay. ... For other uses, see Sacrifice (disambiguation). ... Shiny Entertainment is a video game developer based in Newport Beach, CA, and is the creator of several hits such as Earthworm Jim and Enter The Matrix. ... SimCity is a simulation and city-building computer and video game first released in 1989 and designed by Will Wright. ... Star Trek: Judgment Rites is a video game first produced by Interplay in 1994, featuring the original cast of the classic Star Trek in a series of new adventures, including one featuring Trelane, the omnipotent child from the original episode The Squire of Gothos. Uses the same DOS gaming engine... Stonekeep is a 1995 computer role-playing game for DOS by Interplay Entertainment. ... This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ... Virtual Pool can refer to more than one game: Virtual Pool 3 Virtual Pool 64 Category: ... This article is about the various cue sports. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ... Wasteland is a post-apocalyptic computer role-playing game first released in 1986. ... This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ... Fatal Racing, known as Whiplash in the USA, is a 3D stunt car racing game developed by Gremlin Interactive and published in 1996 for the MS-DOS OS. Fatal Racing can be considered to be a hybrid of Stunts and Destruction Derby. ... Shiny Entertainment is a video game developer based in Newport Beach, CA, and is the creator of several hits such as Earthworm Jim and Enter The Matrix. ...

References

  1. ^ News story mentioning the Redneck Rampage movie
  2. ^ iTZKooPA. "Interplay Almost Out Of Debt; Searching For 'Fallout'-based MMO Funding", Totalgaming.net, 2007-08-15. Retrieved on 2007-08-22. 
  3. ^ Information on the change of control to Titus
  4. ^ Interplay's current 10-K filing
  5. ^ Majorem's Interplay Deal Status Update
  6. ^ Interplay's current 10-Q filing
  7. ^ U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Form 8-K, with presentation therein, November 30, 2006
    Gamespot story, December 14, 2006
    Next Generation story, December 12, 2006
  8. ^ "'Fallout' IP Goes To Bethesda Softworks", Totalgaming.net, 2007-04-13. Retrieved on 2007-04-13. 
  9. ^ Interplay's Exhibit 10.49 attached to its April 12th, 2007 filing

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External links

  • Official Interplay Productions website
  • Interplay at MobyGames

 
 

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