Project V13 Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Project V13 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Black Isle is back and Looking for Crowdfunding Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:26:27 -0500 Wokendreamer

When a person enjoys a particular hobby for long enough, they see certain companies, franchises, brands, and trends rise and fall.  In gaming, there are a lot of excellent digital experiences that simply have not been recreated in the modern era of reruns and re-imaginings.

Some of this is due to changing trends in gaming itself, and some of this is due to a number of those old companies and teams that made those great experiences simply no longer existing.  Black Isle Studios was one such company.


Black Isle crafted several of the gaming world's most enduring franchises, including both Icewind Dale and Fallout, neither of which has been recreated in the modern era of gaming.  Icewind Dale is from a genre that no longer truly exists in the current digital marketplace, and while Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas were both excellent games they were by necessity of interface extremely different experiences from their source material.

The studio fell was closed down when Interplay had financial difficulties back in 2003, with all the staff being laid off and with its current projects being cancelled.  It was a dark day for gamers.


Now Interplay has a stable of developers who are looking to bring Black Isle Studios back.  They've announced the desire and are asking for donations from fans to fund the rebuilding of the studio.

They've released a video with a quirky End-Of-The-World theme begging fans of the old studio to donate what they can to allow them to relaunch the studio, talking about creating new games in similar to the classic titles that Black Isle became known for.


The developers discuss "Project V13", the first game they have plans for if they receive enough funding to be reborn.  The game does not sound like a remake of Fallout, though it clearly has some similar themes and they make it equally clear that they intend to craft a similar experience.

This could be a great opportunity to bring back some of the gaming magic that hooked people way back before cell phones had stores in them, or it could be an opportunity to watch a group of Interplay devs fail trying.  Either way, if you'd like to see Black Isle Studios return, go tell Interplay so and vote with your dollar if you can.

Please note, this is not a kickstarter.  They are not asking for pledges of donations, they are asking for actual money, so take care before throwing what you think is potential cash at what might not work.


Black Isles Studios Wants Your Re-Create Black Isle Studios. Da Fuq? No. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 18:47:44 -0500 Imayen Etim

I have my reservations about crowdfunding, but if you provide me with a good enough argument for it, I'll part with my money. 

But damn, a decent argument can only go so far. Most importantly, show me some get-up-and-go. Show me that you're motivated enough to set up some building blocks before asking me to open my wallet. You're not my kids.

Enter Black Isle Studios. No, wait. Nevermind. I guess they technically don't exist anymore. The studio has no staff or developers yet. But they're asking for crowdfunding for it, so that they can start developing the post-apocalyptic RPG, Project V13

 Since we are no longer constrained by licensing issues, we have the opportunity to build a new IP from the ground up and there is a lot more latitude to unleash our creativity, try some new ideas and even incorporate your suggestions. Our goal at this stage is threefold: 1) prove to management that you want Black Isle Studios resurrected - and all the history and tradition of excellence that goes with it; 2) to continue to staff up BIS and complete our PV13 game design; and 3) to develop a tech demo/ proof of concept for our design that will open the doors to additional funding. 

They're not offering any physical rewards for donations, unlike other crowdfunding ventures. Donors will see no return on their investment, unless you count that warm and fuzzy feeling. Mmm, cuddly.

Waaait a sec. I lied. You'll get a certificate of appreciation. My bad.

Donors at the $10 level will be privy to news and content before the press, via Black Isle forums. At the $20 level and above, expect "special insider status" and a nifty part of the boards inaccessible to those $10 peons. Hit within the top 20 of donors to land on the Hero Board. Each tier will receive a certificate and a forum badge. The better your tier, the better the certificate and badge. The forums are not yet up, but according to the Black Isle, they will be by late January. Contractually, however, they don't have to have the boards up and running until July to have fulfilled their end of the bargain.

No copy of Project V13, though. The game isn't even in development right now. Be happy with your certificate and badge.

And with that: No.

As a brand, Black Isle Studios was once associated with Fallout 2, Baldur's Gate, and Baldur's Gate 2 before its closure in 2003. Only two members of that team remain on with this new incarnation of Black Isle: Mark O'Greene and Chris Taylor, who heads the studio.

Source: Destructoid

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