Activision is Bringing Back Sierra, King's Quest and Geometry WarsJon Ledford |
A classic from the golden era of PC gaming returns along with the label that brought it life, but things are going to be a bit different this time around.
GamesIndustry reports that Activision Publishing has confirmed that Sierra is returning, but not in a way that you would expect. Sierra will now act as Activision's intermediary company for indie titles. Sierra will focus on bringing indie games over to Xbox Live, Steam, PSN and other gaming services. Activision claims Sierra will "cater to the unique needs of each indie studio, ranging from aiding in-game development and first party relations, to PR, marketing and digital/retail distribution."
One of the first games Sierra is bringing over to consoles is Geometry Wars: Dimensions, which will come out by the end of the year. Unfortunately, Bizarre Creations, the creators of the Geometry Wars franchises, will not be involved with Dimension's release across multiple consoles.
Sierra has also announced that King's Quest is making a return. That's right, that ancient point-and-click PC title from before you were born is being fully re-imagined by The Old Gentlemen, who are also doing Wayward Manor with acclaimed author Neil Gaiman.
"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," said Ken Williams, founder of the original Sierra studio. "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."