It's been over a million years since King's Quest last graced the gaming community, or so it feels that way. Some of you reading this might be wondering, "King's who?" Alas, classic adventure gaming gave way to first person shooters and other genres that dominate the modern gaming world, but if you're a thirty-something (or older) who remembers the glee of seeing a Sierra logo on your PC monitor, get ready to have that excitement renewed. Sierra is back (sort of), and with it is coming a King's Quest reboot.
Sierra Entertainment (or On-Line Systems, if you truly feel like dating yourself) was founded 35 years ago by Ken and Roberta Williams, a couple of legends in the gaming industry. The studio would release a string of popular franchises such as Space Quest, Police Quest, Leisure Suit Larry, and King's Quest, among others, before hard times and politics ended one heck of a run. Sierra eventually became a subsidiary of Vivendi, which itself merged with Activision in 2008, effectively signaling the death of Sierra. Or so we all thought.
According to multiple reports, Activision is bringing Sierra back as a sort of catch-all brand for various independent studios to reboot classic gaming titles. Hence the return of King's Quest, which is being developed by The Odd Gentlemen, an indie studio in Los Angeles known for The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom.
"Sierra’s goal is to find and work with talented indie developers working on their own amazing projects, or passionate about working on great Sierra IP, and leverage our expertise to aid them in bring these fun and exciting experiences to gamers with the level of visibility and awareness they deserve," Sierra director of external development Bob Loya said, according to VentureBeat. :In addition to Lucid Games and The Odd Gentlemen, we’re in talks with a large number of other indie devs, and can’t wait to share more details with fans in the near future."
Not a lot of details are available in regards to the new King's Quest, though in addition to fully reimagining the game, the plan is to release the title sometime in 2015. We're not the only ones eager to find out what The Odd Gentlemen have in store, either.
"We're very proud of what we created all those years ago with Sierra
Online, and today's news about carrying Sierra forward as an
indie-specific brand is very encouraging," Sierra founder Ken
Williams said in an official statement, according to Eurogamer. "We look forward to seeing Sierra's
independent spirit live on, and are especially excited to see what The
Odd Gentlemen will do with King's Quest."
There seems to be renewed interest in classic adventure gaming. Back in 2012, gamers flocked to Kickstarter to fund a Leisure Suit Larry remake headed up by Al Lowe, and more recently, it was learned that Grim Fandango was being remade as a PlayStation 4 exclusive.