Interplay buys FreeSpace IP for $7,500

THQ and Volition formerly held intellectual property; Interplay now holds space simulation trademark.

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Interplay Entertainment Corporation, the former publishers of the Fallout and Baldur's Gate series, bought the FreeSpace intellectual property from THQ and Volition for only $7,500.

Will the FreeSpace series make a comeback?

According to a court document on the KCC court documentation site, THQ and Volition relinquished the rights to the space simulation IP to Interplay, effectively making it the current trademark holder. The agreement was filed on June 4, but was made effective on May 10.

Volition developed both Descent: FreeSpace titles in 1998 and 1999 under the publishing label of Interplay. Publisher THQ bought Volition in 2000, where the developer made the Red Faction and Saints Row series. Following THQ's bankruptcy, Koch Media bought Volition this year.

Discussion

44 comments
jimrhurst
jimrhurst

Don't get too excited people.  Interplay doesn't _make_ anything.  They are a zombie holding company for valuable IPs.  If THQ kept it then it does us no good.  If Volition or (their new parent) Koch Media owned it then there would be some snow-cone-in-hell chance of seeing a new Freespace.  But Interplay?  Not much better than dead THQ owning it.  Nothing good will come from this.

1RazvanClaudiu
1RazvanClaudiu

Does this IP includes the right to sell the game or only the possibility to use the trademark? In any case, it's dirt cheap. 

Gears_0f_L0ve
Gears_0f_L0ve

It's only bought because somebody thinks it can make a comeback!   ... there must be plans for it.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Dirt cheap for a classic IP, nice deal.

hystavito
hystavito

So cheap.  I would not be surprised if the administrative costs, lawyers, etc. etc., needed to do this deal actually cost more than $7500.

hamjam01
hamjam01

What an awesome game that was. It SO needs to make a come back! Of course, people will try to say it's ripping off Mass Effect, but Mass Effect ripped this off! Loved killing Shivans!

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

YYYEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Wow! $7500 for the best space sim franchise to ever exist! (kudos to Wing Commander, but EA drove that into the ground). That would be an awesome follow-up - alas, I doubt there is any 'space' left for more than one franchise after Star Citizen comes out though.

aeterna789
aeterna789

Man, and here I thought Interplay was long retired.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

Holy sh!t.  Can it be.  Will there finally be a true Freespace 3 soon to be released?  No game will be more anticipated than this game for me.  That's what the gaming industry needs more than anything right now.  There's plenty of shooters, rpg, rts, mmo, but there's been a dearth of true space sims.  Hopefully, this will revive the genre. 

Danny_KickAzz
Danny_KickAzz

FS 2  <---Best Space simulator EVER. THE END. 

I hope that they make a FS 3 since the story is far from complete. The story for FS 2 was freaking amazing!   Go to Gog.com for those who haven't played the game yet. Its definitely a MUST PLAY!

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever

Yes!!! FS is not dead!  Please release FS3 on PS4!  I really loved FS and would be the first in line to buy FS3.  Hope springs eternal.

the_real_luigi
the_real_luigi

Not bad but you guys still owe us a second Rock N' Roll Racing game! It's long overdue. And no, Red Asphalt was a horrible substitute!

blackothh
blackothh

wow, if i knew it was that cheap, i would have bought it! Freespace was so amazing and i would love to see another one.

unreal101
unreal101

Oh, man, I should have bought this!

fatee
fatee moderator

Fucking love FS 2.
Especially with the new texture updates. Great to see so much mod support for a game older then the average Gamespot user.

blue_francis14
blue_francis14

Interplay? Why Interplay? I got a feeling they are going to crowdsource this.

jyml8582
jyml8582

$ 7,500?! I could've picked that up then flip it over to EA for $75,000 easy. Shazbot!!

willzihang
willzihang

Yes: Now announce a new Freespace game please.


It really is time for more serious space shooters; with that and Star Citizen coming out it will make for a brighter future of games.

NaturallyEvil
NaturallyEvil

Whoa, Interplay is still around?  I had no idea they still existed.  I used to play their adventure games back when they used to make stuff like Out of This World, Flashback, and Blackthorne.

andmcq
andmcq

$7500 less and it really would have been FreeSpace.

hardeddie
hardeddie

My last memorable Interplay game was Cyberia. It was excellent at the time.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

Well shit, I was hoping Koch would pick this up since they have Volition.

Interplay hasn't been relevant to gaming since for a long time now and I doubt they can do a worthwhile sequel.

julzeverne
julzeverne

@raahsnavj There are a shit-ton of space games coming out.

It would be nice to see another FS, but jsut because it has the name does not mean it will be anywhere near as good.

Can't wait for Star Citizen! I have been a backer since Nov. 2012.

Stiler
Stiler

@plm3d_basic PRobably not, Interplay is low on funds and were quite close to going under themselves a while back. 

 They recently tried to do a crowd funding for a new fallout like game but it didnt' go so well either.

julzeverne
julzeverne

@fatee Freespace 2 OPen has some tremendous mods made for it. Wing Commander Saga is their best mod I have ever played of any game.

And they have Battlestar G and Babylon 5 mods as well.

blackothh
blackothh

@blue_francis14 sounds like a good idea to me, everyone wins when gamers who are passionate about the game they are backing being able to influence the games creation. It tells how much of a want there is for the game, and if nobody backs it then they know its not worth putting effort in.

blackothh
blackothh

@jyml8582 you would be giving freespace a death sentence if let into the hands of EA

julzeverne
julzeverne

@MAD_AI A lot of people will agree that if Volition isn't doing it, it is not Freespace.

julzeverne
julzeverne

@blackothh @jyml8582 But.. but.. they could have made a FB-tablet-always-net-connected-P2W version of Freespace!!!

Now we'll never know what could have been..

Stiler
Stiler

@plm3d_basic @Stiler Sorry, I wish it weren't true. 

 You can at least look forward to Star Citizen for space sim goodness. .