Geometry Wars and King's Quest return under the Sierra label

Whether you prefer adventure or shooting, it's a welcome return.


It's official, Sierra is back with a vengeance. And it's bringing…Geometry Wars?!

Activision has confirmed the return of the classic label with the announcement of two new game projects at Gamescom this morning. The first is the debut of Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, which will bring back the twin-stick shooting action players have come to love from the Xbox 360 platform, as well as the return of the King's Quest series with a new chapter in that series.

The Activision subsidiary will use the label to not only bring back classics of this ilk, but also bring in "edgy" new developers that are tackling new projects, according to VentureBeat.

“Sierra’s goal is to find and work with gifted up-and-coming indie developers working on their own amazing projects or who are passionate about working on great Sierra IP,” Sierra director of external development said. “We’re in talks with a large number of other indie devs, and we can’t wait to share more details with fans in the near future.”

The Odd Gentlemen, the developers of The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom, will handle King's Quest development, while Lucid Games will take on Geometry Wars 3. King's Quest will be comparable to other chapters in the series, with a similar narrative and puzzles that need to be solved throughout. It will launch in 2015. Platforms weren't names, but PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 seem very likely. Meanwhile, Geometry Wars will return this holiday season, with a new single player campaign, 10 unique battle modes and 50 challenges. No specific platforms were given, but it is coming to "more platforms than ever before," indicating it's no longer an Xbox exclusive.

Regardless, it's great to see both franchises back in action. Not to mention Sierra in itself.

Robert Workman was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

From The Chatty
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    August 12, 2014 7:05 AM

    Robert Workman posted a new article, Geometry Wars and King's Quest return under the Sierra label.

    Whether you prefer adventure or shooting, it's a welcome return.

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      August 12, 2014 7:31 AM


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        August 12, 2014 7:34 AM

        I picked up the original on Steam a couple months back and it's just a perfect palette cleanser between other games. Really a perfect title. I wonder what they plan to do differently with a new one.

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      August 12, 2014 7:38 AM

      Not even an artist concept of what the new KQ would look like?

      Well, here's hoping Odd Gentlemen is able to channel their inner Roberta Williams to pull it off. Those are seriously big shoes to fill. It'd probably be easier to go in a completely different direction and pay minor yet respectful homage to the originals than to try to carry the same torch.

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      August 12, 2014 7:47 AM

      i hope they manage to do something unique with king's quest. point-and-click adventure games just don't work as well anymore, unless they have an incredible story or writing.

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      August 12, 2014 7:54 AM

      Kings Quest! Let's hope they keep the adventure gameplay the same and not some god awful remake like the last Lesiure Suit Larry on X360.

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        August 12, 2014 8:04 AM

        Likely, they'll follow the big hitting trend which is the Walking Dead / Hard Rain style of adventure.

        I don't know if I'd like that in a KQ game.

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      August 12, 2014 7:55 AM

      >throw chip

      How can you do that?

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      August 12, 2014 8:17 AM

      I am probably one of only a few people that would play the game if they pulled a Capcom (Megaman 9, 10) and made a new King's Quest imitating the graphics and engine of the originals.

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      August 12, 2014 8:51 AM

      Good news. I'd like to see these.

    • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
      August 12, 2014 9:12 AM

      So they're really just taking the name Sierra and applying it to whatever the heck they want regardless of who the development team is?

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        August 12, 2014 9:13 AM

        The seem to be the Activision indie division. Oh they are doing another King's Quest as well.

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        August 12, 2014 9:15 AM

        Basically, think of it like the 'Atari' name. Aka, meaningless.

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      August 12, 2014 9:40 AM

      Seems like a decent idea. BTW before anyone gets fired up about non-adventure titles, while Sierra is known for adventure games, they published all types of games during their lifetime.

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      August 12, 2014 11:59 AM

      SWAT 5 PLZ

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        August 12, 2014 1:37 PM

        ^this. But who develops it? Irrational is pretty much gone.

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