Yst Posted March 13, 2005 Share Posted March 13, 2005 So there are a lot of fans of Black Isle's games here, for fairly obvious reasons. Being a huge fan of PS:T, it pains me that the game has been out of distribution for a long time now, and that it failed to get what additional recognition it might have gotten, had its publisher and developer survived longer, or had they been able to properly publicise it during and after its release. I'm sick of seeing, on PS:T boards, "where can I buy this game?" followed by the response "you can't" or "spend a week checking your nearest fifty electronics shop bargain bins: you've got a one in ten chance you might get lucky." Of course, it can be purchased on Ebay, but this doesn't seem to be a popular option for most gamers, for whatever reason. Is it indeed the case that Interplay still exists as some sort of post-bankruptcy zombie husk holding onto certain assets, on the brink of technical rather than merely de facto oblivion? The distinction between PS:T being literally abandonware, and PS:T being held (along with the rights to the Planescape license for the purposes of the title, otherwise possessed by WotC) by some merely titular remnant of Interplay which retains control over certain properties would seem absolutely crucial. A lot of old games have seen some sort of redistribution in recent days, from measures as obvious as NES titles moving to GBA, to remakes as strange as Age of Empires for Pocket PC. And I won't accept the answer that there isn't a large enough audience. Even Infocom's text adventures have gotten rereleased repeatedly over the years, and I have to think the audience for PS:T is larger than the audience for Leather Goddesses of Phobos or Zork. Given the fame PS:T has in the RPG community, it's quite frustrating that it lingers in legal limbo, if indeed it does, with no potential for redistribution in any form, but without passage to the status of abandonware either. I'd far, far rather a living, functioning publisher owned it, but does anything own it at present? What is the status of Interplay's properties? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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