Originally Posted by BagginsKQ
Roberta also seemed really into KQ6 in interviews around that time as well, and really into KQ8 in interviews around that time (more so by 1997 than 1996).
I don't think Roberta ever said her influence was diminished for KQ6... or even KQ1 SCI. No one really asked her I suppose.
Also Roberta has been defensive of KQ6 in many interviews, and talkng about her involvement. Really the only time she wasn't involved was one month while she was off in Europe.
Still no one has explained "Based on Roberta's William's King's Quest" is supposed to mean? That makes it sound as if its almost a side story... With it also stating that the story was by Lorelei Shannon, as opposed to Roberta herself...
At least KQ6 states that Roberta was involved with the story. Though Jane did the writing and scripting...
She did say she didn't even REMEMBER the Black Cloak storyline being mentioned in KQ6, that it was simply an idea loosely banded about during early story sessions and that's all. It didn't have a name; it was just a nice idea but wasn't thought of (by Roberta) as being anything worth pursuing. She didn't even know what the BCS was until fans pointed it out to her.
Also, why would she mention KQ1SCI? It's not like it was a major project, like a sequel. It was a remake and I don't think any original game creator commented on any Sierra remake, except Scott Murphy who seems to loathe SQ1VGA. She has said that Josh Mandel is the only person besides her who knows what KQ is the best, and he did design/write KQ1SCI. So, that's an indirect comment on KQ1SCI I suppose.
Also...It says "Based on characters created by Roberta Williams." I don't think it's a "side story" as you put it...That's just purism, trying to turn yet another sequel into "Not King's Quest."
And Lorelei and Roberta in the hint book talk about how fun it was designing the game TOGETHER. The laughs they had, etc. Unless that was all lies, it would seem Roberta was hands on in the process.
Personally, given what a game made by Lorelei on her own (Phantas 2) feels like, the writing style etc, plus her books, I'm inclined to say that KQ7 definately had Roberta's hand in it. Whereas with KQ6 you can plainly see even in the writing that this is a different author.