After years of relative silence, Interplay is officially returning as a videogame publisher, but its upcoming titles are much smaller than the projects it used to put out.
It’s been a long time since Interplay published a videogame, but the company is proudly stepping back into the business after a six year leave-of-absence. Thanks to its Interplay Discovery Publishing Program, which is designed to help smaller developers get published, the company will be putting out at least two brand new games this year.
The firm has announced that it will be publishing the following games in October: Pinball, Yeah from CodeRunners and Tommy Tronic from Oasis Games. Tommy Tronic will only be released on the PC, but Pinball, Yeah will also come out on iPhone and Mac platforms.
This is the first time Interplay has returned to games publishing since it practically shut down in 2004, though it managed to stave off a corporate death thanks to the sale of the Fallout license to Bethesda in 2007. The company is still working on a Fallout MMO with Masthead Studios, though that title needs to be released before the end of 2011 or Bethesda will reclaim the rights by default.
Until the Fallout MMO is published, it sounds like Interplay’s main source of income will be from its Discovery program. It’ll be interesting to see how successful this venture proves to be in October.