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Post by Eorl @ 11:58am 04/04/13 | 3 Comments
Publisher Activision has re-gained the rights to Telltale's King's Quest franchise, according to a recent statement by Telltale's Senior VP of Publishing, Steve Allison (thanks Digital Trends). Previously Telltale had announced that it would be developing a series of games based on Sierra On-Line’s classic King’s Quest series of adventure games, however that has now apparently been abandoned in favour of developing games based on Bill Willingham’s Fables comic book series.
“While we deeply love King’s Quest here at Telltale, we can confirm that we are no longer working on the franchise. There was a time last year that we investigated partnering with third party developers to produce the game as a partnership but decided against outsourcing. We are not privy to what plans Activision has for the franchise, if any.”
Confirmation of the return to Activision initially came from president of Replay Games Paul Trowe, who had seen a successful Kickstarter project back in 2012 for a new Leisure Suit Larry title. Talking to Digital Trends, Trowe confirmed that while he had approached Activision on licensing out the King's Quest IP for development after Leisure Suit Larry was finished, Activision actually stated that "No, we’re pulling it because we’re going to do it ourselves."

Currently Activision has yet to reveal just what exactly they will be doing with the newly re-acquired IP, but hopefully we will hear some more news in the coming days. What is definitely known is that neither Telltale nor Replay Games will be heading development.

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Posted 02:38pm 04/4/13
Not sure how I feel about this. Absolutely loved Kings Quest but I just hope they don't do a "reboot" and make it edgy with combat.
Posted 05:17pm 04/4/13
Thank god for Telltale keeping adventure games alive, but I think letting this one go is a good move on their part. This classic deserves respect, more respect than most devs/pubs are prepared to give the beloved franchises of our youth. Just look at the horror show that was SimCity..... If Telltale aren't up to this, then I doubt anyone else could even come close.

I can't see there being much demand for another KQ game in todays market. Hopefully Activision will have the good sense to leave it alone.

make it edgy with combat.

Ugh, KQ8 was the worst. And it outsold Grim Fandango 2-1. F*** that game.
Posted 09:56am 05/4/13
^ Given the success of the walking dead, I can imagine they're just holding onto the franchise in case there's a rise in demand for point and click adventure games...maybe doing an tablet port of the classics.
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