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Interplay Selling Off Intellectual Property Including Earthworm Jim and Clayfighter

Jack Gardner



The prolific developer and publisher Interplay Entertainment has begun the process of selling its library of intellectual property rights. Interplay was known for creating games like Bard's Tale, Fallout, Boogerman, and the Earthworm Jim series, as well as publishing classics like Baldur's Gate and Descent. Recent years have seen Interplay winding down its game development and publishing operations to a mere trickle which seems in imminent danger of disappearing entirely. As a press release about the recent business decision makes clear, Interplay is in the process of selling a huge number of games. It reads that the "expected sale represents some 70 titles and dozens of characters."


The president of Interplay, Eric Caen, released a statement on the decision to sell off so many properties:


Interplay has entertained millions of players with its well-recognized games, including Earthworm Jim, Freespace, Giants, Kingpin, Messiah, MDK, Run Like Hell, Sacrifice, Battlechess, Clayfighter, Dark Alliance, and Descent. As game creators, we are proud of the entertainment these properties have provided over the years. With the proliferation of mobile, augmented reality, virtual reality and other new forms of consumption, we believe that consumers are ready to experience and interact with Interplay's characters, stories and game play in ways never possible before. We look forward to seeing how this unique portfolio of interactive entertainment icons will evolve for the worldwide audience.


Interplay Entertainment's most recently published game, Battle Chess: Game of Kings, released on Early Access two years ago after years of development trouble. Prior to 2014 Interplay had been largely silent for two years. In some ways it seems like this move was inevitable barring some miraculous secret project pushing Interplay back into the spotlight.



Sadly, this all but confirms the rumors that the ClayFighter game Interplay teased last year will not be seeing the light of day.

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