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Hot Topic: Activision to make King's Quest? Telltale out?
« on: April 02, 2013, 05:02:15 PM »

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

And more here:
http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/activision-is-planning-something-for-kings-quest-franchise-rights-reportedly-recovered-from-telltale-games/

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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?

I wonder what revelations from Activision and Telltale will come tomorrow as journalists follow up on this story.

Just want to say here that AGDI's(aka Himalaya) King's Quest remakes are what really brought me back into adventure gaming. I will forever be grateful to them for that.

Anyway, I hope KQ is brought back the right way. Maybe all the Kickstarter adventure game-related activity will make it happen sooner rather than later.

Will you other gamers be sad if Telltale doesn't do KQ, or happy since it means we might end up getting a new KQ game that is actually an adventure game with (though modernized) the core explorative and puzzle design characteristics that, I believe, are popular among many fans of classic adventures?
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Re: Hot Topic: Activision to make King's Quest? Telltale out?
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2013, 05:50:01 PM »

Extremely unprofessional. This type of behaviour is more likely to hurt the chances of ever seeing future King's Quest games, irrespective of developer.

Since I don't want this forum to become a place for rumours and speculation, which could reflect poorly on Himalaya, I think I'd better close this...
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