Interplay is selling its videogame IPs and assets

Interplay is selling its videogame IPs and assets

Interplay, once owners of the Fallout IP until it was sold to Bethesda in 2007, now appear to be selling off their remaining assets and intellectual properties. A Nasdaq press release states that Interplay are entering into “a process” to “sell its library of video game assets and intellectual property”.

It was encroaching bankruptcy which forced Interplay’s sale of the Fallout IP (though they licensed back the rights to sell the older titles), but it’s unclear whether financial necessity is once again playing a part in this sale. Here’s how Interplay CEO Eric Caen is framing it: “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”.

There are some well-known names among Interplay’s catalogue, including Freespace, MDK, Messiah, Sacrifice and Giants. Multiple IPs that you’d imagine would be attractive prospects for other publishers and studios. The full list from the press release is as follows: “Battle Chess, Boogerman, Clay Fighter, Dark Alliance, Descent, Earthworm Jim, Freespace, Kingpin, M.A.X., Messiah, MDK, Redneck Rampage, Run Like Hell, Sacrifice, T-Rex Rumble, and Giants“.

Most recently, Interplay licensed the Descent name to Descendant Studios for the Kickstarter project Descent: Underground.

Related to this article


  • Martin


  • Kawaii as Fuck

    Oh yes, Run Like Hell, what a valuable ip.

  • BiffChadwell

    Sweet. Here’s hoping someone nabs up the rights to Freespace and MDK, so we can get new Freespace and MDK games. Though I hope this won’t impact, say, GOG’s Interplay library for too long. Eh, to be safe, I best purchase some of these anyway.

    Also, Interplay announced a bizarre, out of nowhere (completely unwanted?) Clay Fighter remake/remaster/reboot (who really cares? I doubt it ever existed anyway) for release this year. What’s up with that?

    • Elly Davis

      Freespace and MDK would be the two I would pick up out of this.

  • Kingpin! Enough said

  • Tomahawk Silver

    Redneck Rampage !! i hope a company like Devolver or Night Dive Studios can buy it, they like FPS retro and remake it well! 😀

  • Alan Rizkallah

    Oooh, I want to see someone buy and reboot Battle Chess. Used to play that on my Amiga a lot back in the day.

    • Al Goodall

      Yea…I loved Battle Chess. I originally had it on my ancient IBM XT in glorious 4 colour CGA and later for my beloved Amiga. BTW love the the W.A.S.P avatar. Cracking album Crimson Idol, my favourite was the Headless Children. 😉

  • PuRuRu

    SACRIFICE! For the love of god someone make something with the Sacrifice IP! Such an underrated game!

    • Shawn

      Same can be said for Giants.

  • wombat

    Someone buy Earthworm Jim and get Doug Tennapel to make a new game!

  • Shawn

    I’d give my coworker’s left testicle for a new Redneck Rampage.