After a new website surfaced last week for the previously defunct publisher Sierra Games, their resurrection has now been officially confirmed with a reveal at Gamescom 2014.
The company, now a subsidiary of Activision, revealed two new titles that are being worked on under the reinvented brand: a new King’s Quest game and Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions. The company will not only be focused on delivering fresh takes on Sierra’s catalog of classic franchises, but also on indie studios that are producing “innovative, edgy and graphically unique games.”
The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom developers The Odd Gentlemen will be handling the reimaging of King’s Quest under Sierra. As huge fans of the classic King’s Quest series, The Odd Gentlemen are taking care to craft a new adventure filled with wonder and humor in this interactive narrative game. Look for King Graham to return as he shares his life’s adventures with his curious granddaughter, Gwendolyn, in the games new story.
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, on the other hand, is in development at Lucid Games, a studio formed by former Bizarre Creations developers. The game will be in full 3D with cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes, all first time things for the franchise. A full single-player campaign will also be featured, offering dynamic and persistent progression to consistently give fans new experiences every time they play.
“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 an official statement. “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.”
Sierra’s renewed focus on indie games definitely appears to be a great move for publisher Activision. Adding in several smaller, innovative titles will certainly diversify their catalog next to AAA franchises like Call of Duty, Destiny and Skylanders, filling what many viewed as a gaping hole in their repertoire.
Look for King’s Quest to come out on undetermined platforms sometime in 2015 and Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions to hit this holiday season.