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Black Isle, Fallout 3 Dead

More bad news at Black Isle Studios, where lead designer J.E. Sawyer resigned just last month (story), as Farewell, but not goodbye on the Interplay Entertainment Forums (thanks Nels Nelson) is a post from Damien "Puuk" Foletto that indicates that the studio is now shut down, referring to today as his "last day at the (former) BIS." This follows suit with a note sent along by designer John Deiley:

Today marks the end of an era. Black Isle Studios is no more. In yet another sweeping layoff of employees, Interplay has officially let go the last of it's Black Isle employees (save two that I know of) and dissolved the division. Also, the non-announced title that the division was working on, Fallout 3, has been "shelved" to quote management.

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44. Re: SELL IT TO TROIKA! Dec 8, 2003, 23:50 Kier
 
Ex-squeeze me? We obviously differ in opinions but Arcanum was an amazing game and from what I've heard from my insanely critical friend who considers fallout 1 and 2 the best games ever, ToEE was great as well.

 
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43. Re: SELL IT TO TROIKA! Dec 8, 2003, 23:43 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Ack no! ToEE and Arcanum have convinced me Troika doesn't deserve the license. It's time to just let Fallout die.

 
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42. Re: SELL IT TO TROIKA! Dec 8, 2003, 23:43 Cpt. Piloter
 
Just a quick tally of what's gone.

SirTech.
Looking Glass.
Black Isle.

A quick tally of what might as well be gone, given what we're seeing from them as compared to their older games:
LucasArts
Ion Storm

A quick tally of once-greats, might-still-pull-it-off:
iD
Raven


What do we have left with epic vision?

Troika and those guys from Russia working on STALKER.

And to think today is the day DooM turns 10...

To all those who gave us our great days of PC gaming, may your future careers be bright, your lives be generally happy, and thank you for a shelf's worth of guaranteed great times. I salute you all.

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41. SELL IT TO TROIKA! Dec 8, 2003, 23:26 Kier
 
Sell the Fallout license to Troika. They'd do it right. They'd make us all proud!

 
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40. Re: Still No subject Dec 8, 2003, 23:24 ZzeusS
 
As long as Deer Hunter XII sells more than anything that actually requires work, shit like this will happen.

 
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39. Re: Still No subject Dec 8, 2003, 23:21 JC Denton
 
Maybe if they weren't keepin the license for FO-POS 1/2 they might put the license up for sale, but they wont do it while they have the 2 shit spin off's in the works. A sad day, their were some good guys at BIS, and looking back years ago to interplay's past glory, both financial and critical, it goes to show how inept the titus team of the caen brothers are, when you see the shape interplay is in now.

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38. Re: No subject Dec 8, 2003, 23:19 Mad Max RW
 
LET IT DIE, LET IT DIE, LET IT DIE, LET IT DIE, LET IT DIE

If nobody has the license it can't be further fucked up. The best we can hope for is a new awesome post apoc RPG by an emerging developer who hasn't sold out the PC gamers or is on a short leash to their publisher.

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37. Re: No subject Dec 8, 2003, 23:17 Bosanac
 
I think we should make December 8th the official REMEMBER FALLOUT day.

I am now installing Fallout 1 and when I've beat it, I'll install Fallout 2 and play that.

 
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36. No subject Dec 8, 2003, 23:13 RazorWynd
 
"SELL IT TO TROIKA, SELL IT TO TROIKA, SELL IT TO TROIKA, SELL IT TO TROIKA"

wait what

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35. Still No subject Dec 8, 2003, 23:12 DrunkenMaster
 
All together now: "SELL IT TO TROIKA, SELL IT TO TROIKA, SELL IT TO TROIKA, SELL IT TO TROIKA"

 
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34. No subject Dec 8, 2003, 23:05 RazorWynd
 
ah i sent a similar email...

involving penis's

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33. Re: No subject Dec 8, 2003, 23:02 Bosanac
 
E-mail as I sent it to pr@interplay.com
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To the genious suits that canned BIS and VanBuren project,

Eat a dick.
Goto hell.
Die.
Eat a dick.

Thank you and eat a dick.

-Someone who will let all his friends know never to buy IP products. Ever.
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Sums up my feelings on it.

Eat a dick interplay.

 
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32. NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Dec 8, 2003, 23:01 Epsilon
 
I can't believe this... I've been waiting for Fallout 3 since Fallout 2 came out way back when. What are we going to get instead? Some idiotic, half-arsed, CRASS, CONSOLE RIPOFF called "Brotherhood of Steel"! Hopefully they actually hand off the game to somebody else (who won't sell out to all those crappy consoles like those buffoons at Ion Storm did with Deus Ex 2). I hate the way the console market pollutes the entire industry with its crap. Because of idiotic users and cheap publishers, we get sub-par games that SHOULD be an embarrassment to any developer. In the meantime, games like the Fallout series get mutilated and abandoned.

*sigh* Here's to hoping something will change...

 
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31. No subject Dec 8, 2003, 22:58 RazorWynd
 
LETS BURN INTERPLAY'S STUDIO DOWN!!!!AAAAGH!!!!!!!

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30. Re: Shelved Dec 8, 2003, 22:56 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Yep, definately time to burn those fuckers down.

 
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29. No subject Dec 8, 2003, 22:56 Evil Timmy
 
I'm reminded of the image at the end of Fallout 1, with the Vault Dweller and Dogmeat walking off into the sunset. After a lot of good times, the adventure was over. Thank you, Black Isle, for all the incredible games you created over the years, and all the enjoyment you brought. And best of luck to all the employees now looking for jobs; I hope you can find something as good as BIS in their glory days.

 
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28. Re: Shelved Dec 8, 2003, 22:55 nin
 

Interplay needs to be shelved.. permanently


Think we need to organize a "Torch Interplay" mob...

These (I-play) are the same f$%&ers who keep us from having a FreeSpace 3, BTW...

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27. lets remember the good things... Dec 8, 2003, 22:55 RazorWynd
 
i liked ice wind dale the best of their games



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26. Damn Dec 8, 2003, 22:53 Mopap
 


 
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25. ... Dec 8, 2003, 22:52 ZetaMaiL
 
Today marks the end of an era. Black Isle Studios is no more.....Fallout 3, has been "shelved" to quote management

FUCKING SHIT

This industry is messed up...

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