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Sierra Studios - Revived From the Dead

by Couchpotato, 2014-08-13 02:23:24

Adventure game loves rejoice as defunct developer Sierra has been reborn, and has plans to resurrect King’s Quest . Here is the press release.

The Epic Return of King’s Quest and Geometry Wars 3 : Dimensions

Headline the List of New, Fan-Favorite Titles Planned to Launch Under the Sierra Brand

Köln, Germany – August 12, 2014 – With a renowned history that’s served as the origin for many nostalgic video game characters, worlds and experiences, Sierra™  continues on today in a return to form that fans of great games will love. A part of Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq:  ATVI),  Sierra ’s focus is on indie studios developing innovative, edgy and graphically unique games, including new IPs and contemporary reimaginings of beloved  Sierra  classics. Headlining  Sierra ’s slate of indie games is an all-new  King’s Quest™  experience in 2015, and a new G eometry Wars ™ game planned to launch this holiday season. Additionally, the  Sierra  team is well underway exploring other indie projects to potentially launch later this year, and in 2015 and beyond.

In development by the beloved and quirky studio The Odd Gentlemen  (The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom), King’s Quest is a fully reimagined version of the fan-favorite  Sierra  game fit for both the old and new generation of  King’s Quest players. Huge fans of the original  King’s Quest series, The Odd Gentlemen are crafting a charming new adventure with an awe-inspiring art style, engaging puzzles, and a wondrous interactive narrative brimming with humor. In the new story, King Graham – revered as the greatest adventurer to ever live – shares his life’s adventures with his curious granddaughter, Gwendolyn. It is through these tales that Gwendolyn discovers the true greatness of her grandfather.  King’s Quest is expected to make its heralded return in 2015.

Today’s news about the future of  Sierra  was met with excitement from its original founder, Ken Williams. “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 Williams. “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.”

Sierra  began in 1979 with a single 8-bit Apple II microcomputer, and founders Roberta and Ken Williams’ love for storytelling and new technology that drove a revolution in the adventure game genre, and forever changed the industry. Today, a new wave of independent artists and entrepreneurs are using the same inventive attitude and latest tech to create amazing gaming experiences, and that’s where  Sierra  comes into play. With the popularity of digital platforms like Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and Steam, the new  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.  Sierra  will help foster today’s talent to create amazing video games as it has so many times before.

“ 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,” said Bob Loya, Sr. Director of External Development. “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.”

The first title set to launch under  Sierra  is  Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions from the team at Lucid Games.  Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is an exciting new evolution of the fast-paced, frenetic  Geometry Wars gameplay fans love, and will introduce full 3D action and both cooperative and competitive multiplayer for the first time in the franchise.  In addition to a full single-player campaign with 50 unique challenges and over 10 battle modes – five of which are brand new to the series –  Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions features dynamic and persistent progression, offering players a consistently new experience each time they play.  Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is planned to launch later this year.

“Thanks to  Sierra , we’re planning to release  Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions on more platforms than ever before,” said Pete Wallace, Studio Head, Lucid Games. “We’re thrilled to work with the indie team at  Sierra  to bring the next generation of  Geo Wars gameplay to our passionate and loyal fans, and look forward to seeing you all online!”

For the latest information on  Sierra , including additional details on  King’s Quest and  Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, be sure to check out the official  Sierra website at www.sierra.com.

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