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Interplay May Revive Descent and MDK Games

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Descent may be the first revived IP from Interplay.

Has Interplay finally secured the funds to develop new Descent and MDK games? That's what website Duck and Cover indicated in a report based on an SEC filing by Interplay. Apparently the company is selling millions of shares of Interplay stock to Frederic Chesnais and MicroProse Software in an effort to secure funds for game development.

Interplay investor Frymuchan said on the DAC forums that Fredrick Chesnais agreed to fund 4 Interplay IP's in exchange for the shares and the option to purchase additional shares.

"Basically, the stock deal and options for Fredrick are a reward for getting four new Interplay games funded (this isn't confirmed yet, but this stock purchase makes it very, very likely that everything worked out, otherwise Fredrick would not have bought more shares)," Frymuchan wrote.

He also mentioned that the four games in question were Descent, Earthworm Jim, Dark Alliance, and MDK.

News of Interplay heading back to the four classic IPs isn't anything new--the company revealed its intentions in an April 2008 press release. Interplay's console-friendly Earthworm Jim has already seen a resurgence, appearing on Apple's App Store, the Wii Virtual Console and other platforms.

Let's hope that Interplay returns to the Kingpin franchise with a new chapter once it gets a better financial footing.

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    jhansonxi , February 13, 2010 1:07 AM
    The Descent series were great games. Theres been some third-party development since the source code was released like D2X-XL.
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    jhansonxi , February 13, 2010 1:07 AM
    The Descent series were great games. Theres been some third-party development since the source code was released like D2X-XL.
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    Anonymous , February 13, 2010 2:02 AM
    Oh man, the Descent games were incredible! After I bought the first, I had to have all the rest all the way through D3's expansion pack. I hope they make another! (I was actually talking to my friend just yesterday about how much fun we used to have playing Descent)
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    carlhenry , February 13, 2010 2:07 AM
    i'd love to play mdk again. ooohh.. and a new earthworm jim
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    thedreadfather , February 13, 2010 2:25 AM
    Wow. I just reinstalled D3 today because I missed playing it. Descent is awesome and I'd love to see a modern version of it.
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    megamanx00 , February 13, 2010 2:36 AM
    I would most like to see Earth Worm Jim. You know, because he's such a groovy guy :D .
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    TheDuke , February 13, 2010 2:42 AM
    I'm still waiting for the resurgence of Interplay. Maybe after Fallout MMO
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    requiemsallure , February 13, 2010 4:51 AM
    Descent, good stuff, enough said. :) 
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    michaelahess , February 13, 2010 4:56 AM
    I loved all the descent's. Real adrenalin rising games. I also miss all the great Microprose games like Covert Action, Lightspeed, and many others I don't recall at the moment,
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    papasmurf , February 13, 2010 8:02 AM
    thank you interplay! Please dish us up some freespace 3 dx11 goodness too!
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    mitchellvii , February 13, 2010 8:49 AM
    Descent was my first and favorite online shooter of all time. I miss the days of planting proximity mines right behind doors and shooting mercury missles with their classic, "ch-waaa" sound. What I miss most of all was having to aim 3 (virtual) feet ahead of the enemy to make up for horrible pings over modem connections (almost as bad as the lag in current COD MW2 games).

    Ah, those were the days. Bring them back :) .
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    mitchellvii , February 13, 2010 8:53 AM
    Descent is the "Star Trek" of 3d shooters. It was ahead of its time and canceled to the dismay of many but holds a special, warm place in the hearts of those that loved playing it.

    "Yes son, this is what computer games looked like when I was a boy..."
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    notsleep , February 13, 2010 9:04 AM
    a dx11 version of mdk sounds great. decent not so much. :D 
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    pcxt21 , February 13, 2010 4:08 PM
    "Apparently the company is selling millions of shares of Interplay stock to Frederic Chesnais and MicroProse Software"
    Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't MicroProse go bankrupt and die black in the late 1990's?
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    beayn , February 13, 2010 6:14 PM
    I miss playing Descent with my Logitech Cyberman 3D mouse while drunk and turning my stomach until I vomited. Good times!

    No really, it was a great game. I think it was the only one that supported my 3D mouse. If this computer had a serial port I could probably plug it in again!
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    mitchellvii , February 13, 2010 10:47 PM
    I remember how amazed I was by the graphics in Descent III. Now I go back and look at them and they look as lame as Mass Effect 2 (lol).

    P.S., I paid $50 for ME2 and HATE IT. Graphics look like 10 years ago. I hate when a game gets such great reviews then I buy it and HATE HATE HATE it. I guess I'm spoiled by COD MW2 and Crysis.
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    victomofreality , February 13, 2010 10:48 PM
    EARTHWORM JIM,
    THE SOIL HE DID CRAWL
    EARTHWORM JIM,
    A SUPER SUIT DID FALL.

    JIM WAS JUST A DIRT EATING,
    CHEWING LENGTH OF WORM, FLASH
    BUT ALL THAT CAME TO A CRASH
    AND GAVE HIM LOTS OF POWER

    EARTHWORM JIM,
    HE'S SUCH A GROOVY GUY
    EARTHWORM JIM,
    HE ROCKET'S THROUGH THE SKY

    CRUISING THROUGH THE UNIVERSE
    HAVING LOT'S OF FUN,
    HERE COMES EARTHWORM JIM YOU KNOW
    THAT HE'S THE MIGHTY ONE
    --- LOOK OUT ---

    LA LA LA LA, LA LA LA LA, LA LA LA....

    DESPITE HIS GREAT BIG MUSCLES
    AND HIS REALLY BIG RAY GUN,
    JIM IS STILL AN EARTHWORM
    BUT THEN HE'S THE ONLY ONE,

    WITH A SUPER SUIT TO MAKE HIM REALLY SUPER STRONG,
    JIM CAN BE A WINNER IF WE ONLY SING ALONG...
    (ALRIGHT)

    EARTHWORM JIM,
    WE THINK HE'S MIGHTY FINE
    EARTHWORM JIM,
    A HERO FOR ALL TIME

    EARTHWORM,
    EARTHWORM,
    EARTHWORM,

    EARTHWORM, JIM
    HOORAY FOR JIMMMMMMMM
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    mohsh86 , February 14, 2010 2:56 AM
    MDK is a great game, please make it right
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    Stardude82 , February 14, 2010 3:22 AM
    So this French guy bought the MicroProse name from Atari (who itself is just a name purchased for the games division of Hasbro). And now Interplay who is pretty much just some other French guy, is going to get some developer to make some games using money from the Fallout License and the money the Microprose guy scammed from ??

    Yahtzee should be happy that another space sim might be coming out.
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    jsc , February 14, 2010 10:11 AM
    Another Descent junkie.
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    mitchellvii , February 14, 2010 10:26 AM
    Descent was the original pew pew pew FPS. Miss it.
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