Interplay May Revive Descent and MDK Games

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
    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
    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
    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
    i'd love to play mdk again. ooohh.. and a new earthworm jim
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