Back in 1983, Brian Fargo founded Interplay Productions along with Troy Worrell, Jay Patel and Rebecca Heineman. Games like Baldur’s Gate, Battle Chess, Earthworm Jim, Descent, Fallout and pretty much a majority of titles that formed my childhood. While some of these games have had a spiritual revival, many of the IPs are still tied up with Interplay. Fargo tweeted yesterday that if The Bard’s Tale sells well, he would look into buying Interplay back.
I'm asked what would we do if Bard's Tale 4 PC is a big hit.
How about this stretch goal. I will attempt to buy Interplay back if we manage to sell over 2 million units in the first 18 months.
— Brian Fargo (@BrianFargo) September 17, 2018
While this might be some humour, I would love to see this happen. Some of the best games in the last few years have been sequels or spiritual successors to games. Can The Bard’s Tale IV hit two million units in 18 months? We will have to watch and see. The game goes live later tonight, and it will be interesting to hear how the old-school dungeon crawler translates into something new.
You can buy the game on Steam, and here is a trailer if you don’t know what it is all about.