Is Roberta Williams' lack of involvement an automatic strike against Telltale's forthcoming King's Quest game?
I say no. In fact, I say no to the general proposition that involvement of the original creator(s) is absolutely required for successful continuation of a franchise. I often see this kind of statement on these forums: "It isn't a Larry game without Al Lowe", "It isn't a Monkey Island game without Ron Gilbert", etc. While these might be true as a practical matter, I'm not convinced of the truth of such statements as a general theoretical proposition.
Note that the question is not "How likely is it that Telltale will produce a good King's Quest game without Robert Williams?" That's an entirely different matter -- dependent on a huge number of factors already frequently discussed on this board -- than what I'm trying to get at here.
When it comes to continuations, the important question to me is, Am I getting the same kind of enjoyment out of the new product as I did out of the existing one(s)? My answer to that doesn't depend in any way on who created the new product. Moreover, it doesn't depend on anything the original creator(s) might have said about their creation(s); my comparison would only be against the existing products themselves and what I personally got out of them, not what the original creators wanted or expected me to get out of them. If the answer is no, it doesn't automatically prove that a new product couldn't have been done well by some other non-original creator(s). And you know, original creators are just as capable of screwing up a franchise -- in the eyes of fans -- as different creators would be.
Anyway, I'm interested in hearing alternative viewpoints on this.