When news that Interplay had revived Black Isle Studios from the dead, no one seemed to know what was happening. Various industry veterans who were formerly involved with Interplay tweeted about it, though no one was actually part of the revival and the new Black Isle. Interplay's original founder, Brian Fargo, knew little of the situation, and Chris Avellone, former lead designer at Black Isle and current creative director at Obsidian, noted no one from Obsidian was involved.
When asked recently whether anything had changed, Avellone noted that he was still in the dark regarding Black Isle's return. He stated quite simply, "I have no idea. I do not know. I'm very curious."
That said, Avellone approves of Interplay's move to bring back the studio, if it means we'll be getting more role-playing games anyway. Says he, "If it means more RPGs, great. I love RPGs."
Black Isle, the studio who was once responsible for Fallout and Baldur's Gate, was closed by Interplay back in 2003. As of now, parent company Interplay Entertainment is run by Herve Caen.