Interplay Plans Sequels to Earthworm Jim, MDK

Publisher Interplay has announced in its yearly earnings report that it is perusing development of sequels to some of its best-selling franchises, in addition to an MMO based on the Fallout series.

The company named Earthworm Jim, Dark Alliance, Descent, and MDK as properties that it will leverage for sequel development. According to Interplay, it has recently begun the process of hiring developers, with the goal of restarting in-house development.

Interplay recorded net income of $5.86 million last year, mainly due to the $5.75 million sale of the Fallout IP to Fallout 3 developer Bethesda.

The publisher also noted that it is still looking to secure funding for its Fallout MMO project. As part of its deal with Bethesda, Interplay must raise $30 million in funding and begin work on the MMO by April 2010.