updated 03:38 pm EDT, Sun August 10, 2014
Iconic developer shut down by Activision in since 2008 seeing movement, details at Gamescom
A gaming studio that once vanished through a series of mergers appears to be undergoing some sort of comeback, as indicated by an update to its website. Sierra Entertainment, a gaming developer and publisher that dates back to the late 1970s, appears to be witnessing a sort of revival. After a silence of nearly six years since the publisher was shut down after coming into possession of Activision Blizzard, a new announcement appears to be coming at Gamescom later this month.
Sierra Entertainment went through a number of changes prior to 2008. The company started off as On-Line Systems as founded by Ken and Roberta Williams in 1979, but would then turn into Sierra On-Line in 1982. After a string of successful franchises like King's Quest and Police Quest and its sale in 1996, the company began running into a number of issues. After a series of sales, mergers, public financial problems, a transition to a publisher of games like Half-Life and Homeworld, and a name change to Sierra Entertainment, the company came to be owned by Activision Blizzard. It's new parent company then shut it down shortly thereafter.
The Sierra website, which was directing visitors to Activision's page, changed on Thursday to roll a short YouTube video that is similar to a modern publisher or developer clip that would run at the launch of a game. While only 14 seconds long, the clip shows an traveler looking off into the distance in a snow storm. As the blowing snow clears, a rendered version of the iconic mountain, Yosemite's Half Dome, appears only to have the snow bundled traveler dart toward it. The new logo for Sierra is then revealed.
Details are scarce on what the change of the website actually means, but gaming fans attending Gamescom in Germany later this month appear to be getting some news. As for what the news will contain, it could be something as small as a release of some of the classic games from the company, or something greater like a full-blown revival of the studio and some franchises.
There could be some truth to the later suggestion, as Polygon reported in 2013 that Telltale Games would no longer be developing a King's Quest game, sending the rights back to Activision. A statement from Telltale Games Senior Vice President of Publishing Steve Allison at the time said Replay Games President Paul Trowe wanted to license King's Quest from Activision, but the company said it was going to make a game on its own.