Interplay Entertainment has apparently revived Black Isle Studios, the force behind of some of the most-loved PC RPGs of all time like Fallout and Baldur's Gate.
Interplay actually dissolved Black Isle back in 2003, marking the end of the famous studio at the time. However, a new Black Isle website registered to Interplay and Herve Caen (founder and owner of Titus Software) has recently launched with the bold claim: "Our goal has always been to make the world's best RPGs. Black Isle Studios is back."
Currently the only thing on the Black Isle site is a link to the Facebook and Twitter pages, but hopefully more will be revealed soon.
Surprised? The apparent revival of Black Isle was news to the original founder of Interplay, Brian Fargo, as well. He tweeted, "I just read that Interplay is bringing back Black Isle. Hmmm... Not enough info for me to comment."
Meanwhile Chris Avellone, the former lead designer at Black Isle, said the news does not concern Obsidian, further noting he was unaware of anything but the Black Isle name being left to Interplay.
Obsidian Entertainment was started by many former members of Black Isle, including Avellone and Black Isle founder Feargus Urquhart. Fargo left before the dissolution of Black Isle and created inXile Entertainment, which is currently at work on Wasteland 2.
Interplay has remained in the field over the years by re-relasing its back catalog through digital downloads on consoles and mobiles. Some of the more famous Black Isle projects are no longer owned by Interplay, like Fallout and Dungeons & Dragons. It is unlikely Interplay can regain D&D, so it is anyone's guess as to what this resurrected Black Isle will be working on.