At the Gamescom conference, Activision Blizzard announced its plans to revive Sierra Entertainment. The return will see Sierra come back as a publishing brand instead of the dual role of publisher and developer which it was known for.
Activision said that the new Sierra Entertainment would use indie studios to bring back some of their classic franchises such as King’s Quest and Geometry Wars 3—both of which are in development now. Sierra will also publish original franchises, so it won’t just ride on its 80s and 90s successes. King’s Quest will be handled by The Odd Gentleman and is looking to be out in 2015. Geometry Wars 3 will be released later this year.
Sierra Entertainment was formed in 1979 as On-Line before taking on the Sierra On-Line name in 1982. They are known for other PC series such as Police Quest, Leisure Suit Larry, The Adventures of Willy Beamish, publishing Counter Strike and Half-Life, and personal favorites Quest For Glory, Space Quest, and Pharaoh. A number of the games were highly regarded in the early period of modern PC gaming and fell in the genre of point-and-click adventures.
In 2000 Sierra On-Live was brought into Vivendi Universal’s fold as a subsidiary and was rebranded Sierra Entertainment. In 2008 its parent company merged with Activision to form Activision Blizzard. The last game Sierra Entertainment was involved with was 2008’s The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon.