“Sierra is back” announces Activision Blizzard

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Depending on how old you are, this nostalgia-inducing announcement may just make your week.

Yes Activision Blizzard are bringing back the magical game characters, worlds and experiences that were Sierra.

Sierra’s focus will be on indie studios developing “innovative, edgy and graphically unique games, including new IPs and contemporary reimaginings of beloved Sierra classics,” announces the blurb.

Headlining Sierra’s slate of indie games will be an all-new King’s Quest experience in 2015, and a new Geometry Wars game planned to launch this holiday season. The Sierra team is also exploring other indie projects to potentially launch later this year still.

From the talented studio that brought us The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom, comes King’s Quest in a fully reimagined version of the fan-favorite Sierra game.

The studio members were apparently huge fans of the original King’s Quest series. The new adventure promises “an awe-inspiring art style, engaging puzzles, and a wondrous interactive narrative brimming with humor.” The new story will be that of King Graham – revered as the greatest adventurer to ever live. Players will get to play through his life’s adventures with his curious granddaughter, Gwendolyn. It is through these tales that Gwendolyn discovers the true greatness of her grandfather.

Sierra original founder, Ken Williams comments:

“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.”

The new studio’s Director of External Bob Loya, Sr. Says 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,”

“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.”

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