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Save The Trees, Sierra Is Back!

What's next, Microprose?
Author: Aram Lecis
Published: August 12, 2014
If you are a... ahem... venerable gamer like myself, you no doubt remember Sierra On-Line. One of the first major publishers in the gaming industry, the husband-and-wife team of Ken and Roberta Williams created a treasure trove of iconic games like Kings Quest, Police Quest, Space Quest, Hero Quest and plenty of other on-Quest games as well. The main rival of LucasArts for the adventure game crown in the 80's and 90's eventually faded with the genre.

While they never totally went away, eventually becoming a part of the Activision-Blizzard family, their identity as a game developer has all but disappeared. I'd be very hard-pressed to name the last game that bore the Sierra label.

That's all set to change with the announcement of not one but TWO games coming from the label. The first is... a new Kings Quest! From the minds of The Odd Gentlemen (who brought you The New Adventures of P.B. Winterbottom), the glorious return of original adventurer King Graham will find him regaling his daughter Gwendolyn with tales of his most epic adventures and promises to bring back that fairy-tale feel of the original games. Look for that to hit some platforms at some point in 2015 (more when we know it!).

Also in the hopper is Geometry Wars 3 from Lucid Studios. The latest entry in the visually stunning shooter franchise will shift into 3D for the first time and promises both competitive and cooperative multiplayer and a half-dozen new modes to reinvigorate the series. We don't know the platform for this yet either, but it's slated to hit this holiday season.

“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.”

Welcome back guys!