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Telltale's King's Quest license pulled by Activision

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Paul Trowe of Replay says TTG no longer involved with KQ. Sorry for the long excerpt (hope that's ok), but thought everyone here should see this, especially the part at the end. Trowe certainly makes for a good interview subject, and he's definitely passionate about classic-style adventure games.

I would have actually been thrilled if Replay had acquired licenses from Activision. Replay's Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded is looking DAMN good, and at least you know the people over there are actually big fans of the classics!

Read whole thing here: http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/looking-at-leisure-suit-larry-reloaded-and-whats-ahead-for-replay-games-with-paul-trowe/


...Perk up, longtime Sierra fans. Company founders Ken and Roberta Williams have been doing some chatting with their former employee-turned-Larry crusader.

“I want to do a game with Roberta,” Trowe said matter-of-factly. “I emailed Ken and Roberta, [and] Roberta said that she will do another game depending on how the outcome of our first one goes. I will do my absolute fucking very best not only because I would anyway, but because I want Roberta to be proud of us and I want to work with her again.”

A new Roberta Williams game doesn’t automatically mean a new King’s Quest game, unfortunately. Trowe is unsure of Activision’s willingness to hand over the rights to the series. Reports from a couple of years back put those right in the hands of Telltale Games, the California-based studio behind 2012′s critically acclaimed The Walking Dead series. Now Telltale is preparing to turn its attention to a similar episodic treatment of Bill Willingham’s Fables. According to Trowe, Telltale is out of the King’s Quest picture.

“They had [the King's Quest rights], and we were going to license it from them to make the remakes. I wouldn’t do a King’s Quest without Roberta. [Telltale senior VP of publishing] Steve Allison told me that they have the rights but they don’t have the bandwidth.” Allison offered to look into sub-licensing King’s Quest out to Replay, but Trowe hit a dead end when he brought the conversation over to Activision. ”I talked to the guys at Activision and they were like, ‘No, we’re pulling it [from Telltale] because we’re going to do it ourselves.’”

This is the first public mention of Activision’s plans for King’s Quest since the Telltale connection was first revealed in early 2011. We’ve reached out to Activision for comment and will update accordingly when we hear back. Think about the possibilities though. More Leisure Suit Larry, post-release content updates, a planned F2P casino game, and the possibility of an entirely new game from Roberta Williams. It’s like 1987 all over again. Trowe is just as much excited gamer as he is industry professional, but wouldn’t you be too?

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  • @Udvarnoky said: Why I disagree with this stance.

    I really don't want to see a "modernized" Monkey Island game where Guybrush takes part in endless QTE sequences and dumbed down puzzles.

  • @jonathanfrisby said:

    (where do we meet up once they insta-delete this forum?)

    You can hang out at our house.

  • @Gibbeynator said: http://www.joystiq.com/2013/04/03/telltale-drops-kings-quest-plans/

    And it's offcial.

    >announce king's quest

    You'll have to be closer to the podium to do that.

    >announce king's quest

    Approaching the podium, you tell the press that, in addition to other titles, a revival of King's Quest is in the works. Fans begin talking amongst each other in excitement.

    >east

    Use the arrow keys or WASD to move.

    Oh no! The vicious Microsoft has appeared! Don't get too close, or it may make you delay your next game!

    Microsoft has pushed Jurassic Park to the fall, throwing off your entire schedule.

    >look audience
    An audience of potential new consumers is standing here, waiting for something to play.

    >release jurassic park

    Pulling the game from your knapsack, you set Jurassic Park free. Most of the audience pays no attention.

    >release walking dead

    As soon as they catch sight of The Walking Dead, the audience quickly flocks to it, leaving lots of money and awards where they once stood!

    >take money

    You need to be next to the money to do that.

    >take money

    You take the money and place it in your inventory.

    >take awards

    You take the awards and place them in your inventory.

    The audience turns towards you, demanding a second season of The Walking Dead.

    >release king's quest

    The audience jeers at the proposal. You'd better do something quick, they look hungry!

    >announce season 2

    The audience's needs placated once again, they return to their usual peaceful state, dropping more money in the process.

    >take money

    Your inventory is full!

    >inventory

    You are carrying:
    Money
    Awards
    Poker Night 2
    Fables
    Walking Dead 2
    King's Quest

    >drop king's quest

    Hoping you weren't supposed to save before this, you remove King's Quest from your inventory. The title lies on the ground, never to be retrieved again. Its journey has ended.

    Thank you for not playing King's Quest.

    RESTORE RESTART QUIT

  • That's for the best. If BTTF, JP, and TWD are the type of game that Telltale wants to make, then King's Quest is not right for them, and vice-versa. Hopefully Activision won't do too many horrible things to the series.

  • @RAnthonyMahan said: >announce king's quest

    You'll have to be closer to the podium to do that.

    >announce king's quest

    Approaching the podium, you tell the press that, in addition to other titles, a revival of King's Quest is in the works. Fans begin talking amongst each other in excitement.

    >east

    Use the arrow keys or WASD to move.

    Oh no! The vicious Microsoft has appeared! Don't get too close, or it may make you delay your next game!

    Microsoft has pushed Jurassic Park to the fall, throwing off your entire schedule.

    >look audience
    An audience of potential new consumers is standing here, waiting for something to play.

    >release jurassic park

    Pulling the game from your knapsack, you set Jurassic Park free. Most of the audience pays no attention.

    >release walking dead

    As soon as they catch sight of The Walking Dead, the audience quickly flocks to it, leaving lots of money and awards where they once stood!

    >take money

    You need to be next to the money to do that.

    >take money

    You take the money and place it in your inventory.

    >take awards

    You take the awards and place them in your inventory.

    The audience turns towards you, demanding a second season of The Walking Dead.

    >release king's quest

    The audience jeers at the proposal. You'd better do something quick, they look hungry!

    >announce season 2

    The audience's needs placated once again, they return to their usual peaceful state, dropping more money in the process.

    >take money

    Your inventory is full!

    >inventory

    You are carrying:
    Money
    Awards
    Poker Night 2
    Fables
    Walking Dead 2
    King's Quest

    >drop king's quest

    Hoping you weren't supposed to save before this, you remove King's Quest from your inventory. The title lies on the ground, never to be retrieved again. Its journey has ended.

    Thank you for not playing King's Quest.

    RESTORE RESTART QUIT

    ok that was funny.

  • Should have just fucking come out and said so already, Telltale.

    It's been obvious forever now.

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