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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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  • @Gibbeynator said: COD maps based on classic Sierra locations, including Castle Daventry, the Xenon Dome, the streets of Lytton and Raseir.

    CoD: Lytton would actually be pretty sweet.

  • Assuming humanity lasts at least another 50 years without going extinct, there will probably be another official King's Quest game.

  • @JuntMonkey said: Assuming humanity lasts at least another 50 years without going extinct, there will probably be another official King's Quest game.

    That's pretty likely. The bigger question, though, is will is be worth playing?

  • Kings Quest was not Telltales fault, I think it was when Disney started to screw stuff up with Lucas Arts, at least that what I heard.

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    Blind Sniper Moderator

    @Bioshock Infinite WD said: Kings Quest was not Telltales fault, I think it was when Disney started to screw stuff up with Lucas Arts, at least that what I heard.

    King's Quest was a Sierra/Activision license though. It was in part a deliberate choice by Telltale to focus on other titles including Walking Dead season 2. Another part of it was Activision wanting the license for their own purposes, which may or may not have been influenced due to adventure gaming coming back out in the spotlight.

  • In regards to King's Quest, it sounds like Vivendi is rooting around the couch cushions for Activision assets they can sell off.

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    @Gibbeynator said: In regards to King's Quest, it sounds like Vivendi is rooting around the couch cushions for Activision assets they can sell off.

    Yeah, today's the end of the five year deal Vivendi had for the Activision merger that prevented them from making financial decisions without approval of the three members of the board who held special powers of veto directly after the merger.

    They effectively have control of Activision Blizzard now as the majority shareholder (with a 61 percent stake in the company), and with no limits in place any longer.

    The Sierra brand was handled very differently under Vivendi control, so it will be interesting to see how it's handled now that Vivendi's got control again. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see the Sierra franchises (or the whole Sierra brand) sold off (assuming anyone with enough cash to catch Vivendi's interest is still interested in them).

  • Activision?Holy crap,except for the shooting,the other is bad and bad.
    But at least King's Quest is looking forward

    huh,I never looking forward Activiosn can do it.
    Trme Crime is the best example

    @inm8#2 said: CoD: Lytton would actually be pretty sweet.


    But My friends because this and that SOBgame-RE,4,RE5,RE6
    Completely tear up with me.Really!

    @inm8#2 said: So Activision, huh? Grrr. Go back to Guitar Hero, that's what I say!


    Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk is fallen.......

  • @chinese said: Activision?Holy crap,except for the shooting,the other is bad and bad.
    But at least King's Quest is looking forward

    huh,I never looking forward Activiosn can do it.
    Trme Crime is the best example


    But My friends because this and that SOBgame-RE,4,RE5,RE6
    Completely tear up with me.Really!


    Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk is fallen.......

    I have no idea what you just said.

  • @Chyron8472 said: I have no idea what you just said.

    :pNothing,I do not expect Telltale Games Manager to fancy me

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