Interplay Selling Off Its IP, Putting Earthworm Jim and Descent in Play

Interplay Selling Off Its IP, Putting Earthworm Jim and Descent in Play

Games like Earthworm Jim, Descent, and MDK are available to buyers as Interplay clears its catalog.

Interplay Entertainment Corp, the shell of company that remains of a once amazing developer and publisher, has announced that it will be selling its library of games and intellectual property. The planned sale will cover more than 70 titles.

"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," said Interplay president Eric Caen.

Descendent Studios can outright own Descent now!

"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 gameplay 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 has not developed any games in quite a long time. The company collaborated with Subdued Software put a remake of Battle Chess on Kickstarter in 2013, but the drive ultimately failed to reach its $100,000 goal. Subdued continued the project and Interplay published the game on Steam.

Interplay tried again in 2015 with Freespace: Tactics, a tactical miniatures game based on the Descent: Freespace brand. It also failed to reach its goal. That same year, Interplay licensed the Descent brand to Descendent Studios for its crowd-funded revival Descent: Underground. That title was successfully funded and is currently available on Steam Early Access.

Wedbush Securities is assisting Interplay with the sales of its IP. Looking forward to THQ Nordic buying everything and rebranding as THQ Interplay Nordic.

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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