[Gamescom 2014] Sierra Entertainment revived as a publisher

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As it was previously teased, Sierra Entertainment is to be revived, so a new King's Quest is slated for a 2015 launch-date, and Geometry Wars is to be released this holiday season.

In development by the studio The Odd Gentlemen, King's Quest is a reimagined version of the fan-favorite Sierra game fit for both the old and new generation of King's Quest players. In the new story, King Graham - revered as the greatest adventurer to ever live - shares his life's adventures with his granddaughter, Gwendolyn. It is through these tales that Gwendolyn discovers the true greatness of her grandfather. King's Quest is expected to make its return in 2015. 

Ken Williams, the original founder of Sierra Entertainment said "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."

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"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 is known as one of the most influental adventure-game development houses & publishers in the Lucasarts era. With digital platforms like Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and Steam, the new Sierra will cater to the unique needs of indie studios, 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 Wars3: Dimensions from the team at Lucid Games. Geometry Wars3: 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 Wars3: Dimensions features dynamic and persistent progression, offering players a consistently new experience each time they play. Geometry Wars3: Dimensions is planned to launch later this year.

 

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