As part of the agreement, GameTap will feature the Interplay titles in its subscription-based play service, ad-supported website and sold directly via GameTap's online digital download store.
"This licensing deal is a good example of how Interplay is leveraging its library of intellectual properties," said Interplay CEO Herve Caen. "The company will continue to either reinvent some of those properties by developing them into new versions or sequels, or by partnering with an existing leader like GameTap, where the original titles can live on."
Interplay recently announced that it was planning sequels to a number of its franchises with as Earthworm Jim and MDK. The struggling studio was revived earlier last year by Bethesda's outright purchase of the Fallout franchise.
This is cool and all but I'd really like to own the games with some sort of collection. Especially if they were made XP/Vista compatible.
Not owning the games is a small price to pay for access to almost 1000 games for only $60 a year or $10 a month. The Metal Slug anthology alone would cost me almost as much as a full year Gametap subscription, and those games are a tiny percentage of the full library.