Black Isle Studios returns to create AAA role-playing games

Black Isle Studio is back after disappearing in the mists of 2003.

Black Isle Studios is returning to game development with plans to develop new AAA role-playing games based on intellectual properties owned by Interplay, Interplay's CEO announced last night.

Interplay, known best for its hand in the early Fallout titles, Baldur's Gate, and Planescape: Torment, laid off the entire Black Isle Studios staff in 2003. Interplay most recently went radio silent last year following a lawsuit with Bethesda over the development of a Fallout massively multiplayer game.

Yesterday, a new website, Facebook page, and Twitter account for Black Isle Studios reared their heads, confirming the resuscitation of the studio.

"It really feels like getting the band back together as we're seeing opportunities not available to us before," said Interplay CEO Herve Caen. "Given our unique position, expanding online and mobile platforms, and renewed interest in our proven properties, I see an incredible success potential for Black Isle Studios."

It is unknown what project the team will begin working on.

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