Earthworm Jim is just one of the many IPs being sold off by Interplay. Will this mean a revival of some classic franchises? We can only hope.
According to IGN, franchises like Earthworm Jim, Freespace, Clayfighter, Descent, and Battlechess are all up for sale. The complete collection includes about 70 different titles with dozens of characters within them.
“With the proliferation of mobile, augmented reality, virtual reality and other new forms of consumption, we believe that consumers are ready to experience and interact with Interplay’s characters, stories and game play in ways never possible before,” says Eric Caen, President of Interplay. “We look forward to seeing how this unique portfolio of interactive entertainment icons will evolve for the worldwide audience.”
In recent years, Interplay has been fairly quiet. Rather than development, the company has instead focused as a licensing house. As we already know, Interplay had already sold its Fallout franchise to Bethesda back in 2007.
Clayfighter is expected to have a remastered version of the game release later this year, but little has been said since its announcement back in March 2015. It’s looking like the game has quietly been cancelled or delayed to a later time. Additionally, a Kickstarter for a Freespace Tactics board game was cancelled last year when it failed to raise enough money to fund the project.
We would love to see a new Earthworm Jim game for sure. This classic side-scrolling action game has seen little love in recent years. Here’s to hoping we can change that.
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