Black Isle Studios has arisen from the grave, and much like The Nameless One from its most popular game Planescape: Torment, it remains an empty shell of its previous existence. Most employees from the beloved RPG development studio also responsible for Fallout and Icewind Dale moved on after its closure in 2003 to form Obsidian Entertainment, so very little of the creative minds that created the classic RPGs seem to be involved with this recent development.
Still, a website and Facebook page for Black Isle Studios has popped up, and it looks like the gears are in motion to get this thing rolling. Interplay seems keen on tapping some of that nostalgic love the brand ignites, but founder and former CEO Brian Fargo claims he doesn’t know enough information to make any comments at the moment.
Meanwhile, Obsidian’s creative head and former Black Isle Studios employee Chris Avellone stated via Twitter:
“I know nothing about the Black Isle Studio news announcement, doesn’t involve me or Obsidian… or well, anyone that I know. ;)”
Just last month, Avellone had been toying with the idea of using Kickstarter to create a spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment and even just this week, sat down with Kotaku and revealed his wish list for what such a spiritual successor would be like, being free from the shackles of Dungeons & Dragons rules being the most intriguing.
Sounds like fans of the cult classic are not the only one’s feeling the buzz from Avellone’s recent stream of consciousness. Interplay’s current CEO Herve Caen must have gotten the itch and excitement just hearing about new RPGs and wanted to get aboard before it was too late.
As Avellone said, Obsidian has yet to be involved in any way with Black Isle Studio’s revival, and they currently have their own hands full developing South Park: The Stick of Truth and helping out with the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter project. However, the thought of Black Isle Studios possibly reuniting with its original staff is sure to send shock-waves through the RPG community.