Defunct Publisher Sierra Reveals New Website

Sierra website indicates the publisher will make a comeback at Gamescom 2014.

A new website for Sierra Entertainment has surfaced online and indicates that the game publisher will be making an appearance at this year's Gamescom. The site plays a brief trailer that animates into a new logo for the company but makes no mention of any games.

Sierra was first founded in 1979 and was eventually absorbed into Activision Blizzard before it was officially closed down in 2008. The organisation is best known for publishing Half-Life, F.E.A.R, and Counter-Strike.

What do you think, will Sierra Entertainment be making a comeback? Let us know in the comments below.

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Discussion

132 comments
misszagros
misszagros

Scroll down -- they are advertising Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions for this holiday season and King's Quest for 2015.

Tranula
Tranula

Neat, they've made some good stuff.

eyeball2452
eyeball2452

I'd say they're better known for the older adventure games, but that probably makes me old.  Developers make the brand.  The brand does not make the developers.  I don't know why someone would reuse a defunct brand like this.  There's no value even to someone like me who loved the older Sierra games.

nights_team2k7
nights_team2k7

Metal Arms 2 pleaaaasssseee! COme on get Swinging Ape Studios back

sonic_rareware8
sonic_rareware8

Now if Sierra returns to business, they BETTER and I repeat BETTER not buy Crash Bandicoot and Spyro from Activision, these two companies ruined the two PlayStation franchises from my childhood.

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

Yes! Yes! I loved Caesar 3 and Pharoah/Cleopatra. One day I will get the City Building Collections series.  We need Impression Games back as well.

Pewbert
Pewbert

Got a lot of fond memories of seeing the Sierra logo on old school games such as Tribes and Homeworld.

And coincidentally it's the name of my fave pron star. Double win.

NetBiosError
NetBiosError

So I guess this means that Activision is finally, FINALLY going to put some budget aside for its stable of older franchises and smaller, riskier projects?


Color me somewhat interested.

aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

Is this real? That logo looks so amateurish with its overt gradients and heavy offset shadows, that I'm more apt to think of this as a hoax than an actuality. It looks like a logo designed in the 1985-1990's.

Tabarnaque
Tabarnaque

Caesar III confirmed for definitive edition for the PSFour.

wexnfx
wexnfx

QUEST FOR GLORY!  BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!

yboucher
yboucher

Activision, if you plan to do anything but bring back the REAL meaning of Sierra (the quests / adventure games), don't bother. Don't drag the name further in the mud.

MXVIII
MXVIII

Evil Genius 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stiler
Stiler

Best known for publishing? They were a developer too and they kind of made some pretty damn big/important games in the 80's/90's themselves.


Gabriel Knight

King's Quest

Police Quest

Space Quest

etc.

OllieBrown
OllieBrown

Ummmm, yeah it was pretty amazing that they were involved with Half-Life and Counter Strike (and I guess F.E.A.R.) but is that really their legacy?  Their first party games when they were a developer of point-and-click adventures outnumber those by 10 fold!  Most people my age (yes I'm old) think of Lucasarts and Sierra as the pinnacle of game development in the 80's and early 90's.  Kings Quest, Space Quest, Leisure Suit Larray, Gabriel Knight, Phantasmagoria … they MADE these games, they didn't just publish them.  Let's let that be their legacy!  Those other games belong to Valve and Monolith, not Sierra.

59Hertz
59Hertz

Please rip the rights for the Tribes series right out of the hands of Hi-Rez. 

faizanhd
faizanhd

Instead of naming a few games it's just best to point out the developers they used to publish for:

Valve and Monolith being the most noteworthy.

Both of which grew enough to enter the publishing scene themselves.

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

Would love to see new Krondor, Gabriel Knight, Lords of the Realm, and Front Page Sports series make a return. 

mfg69
mfg69

SWAT 4 was the game I loved!  It's tactical game play was awesome like old school Rainbow Six games (before Vegas).  Also loved No One Lives Forever!  Excellent FPS with incredible humor.  Other great games too.  Heck I remember having a blast with Front Page Sports NFL Football back in the day on PC!  More sim than arcade.  I know that won't happen with the EA & NFL license crap but hey....good times.  Here's to hoping this is good news!

RabidBurp
RabidBurp

Bad news everyone:

According to the Sierra official website, Activision is now the owner/copyright holder. 


consumed_chaos
consumed_chaos

Sierra is back !!!! Ok i want a new Leisure Suit Larry with ultra realistic graphics and the humor and crazy retarded game play like the magna cum claude !!!

viru_ssj
viru_ssj

Caesar Series and the awesome Aliens Vs Predator 2 made by Monolith need to be released on Steam and GOG. Man, this news just springs up so many possibilities in my mind.

sakaixx
sakaixx

nice hoping for a new caesar game, only published by them I know but man it is iconic.

viru_ssj
viru_ssj

Empire Earth series, SWAT series, No Lives Forever Series, Sins Episodes and some good retro 90s games need to be rereleased on Steam pronto. I hope this is the purpose for the revival of Sierra Entertainment.

pyosisified
pyosisified

If they're a part of Activision still this news doesn't mean anything to me 

s9picymchaggis
s9picymchaggis

YES AND THEY WILL BE MAKING NO ONE LIVES FOREVER 3

jmeyer2039
jmeyer2039

"The organisation is best known for publishing Half-Life, F.E.A.R, and Counter-Strike."


I read that, scrolled down to post a comment about how untrue it is to me, decided to sort by top comments first, saw that pretty much everyone already made that comment, laughed, and posted this comment about my comment section journey instead.


Anyway... Big fan of their adventure games. They are very nostalgic to me. It would be great if their adventure game prowess made a comeback.

Poltergeist13
Poltergeist13

Maybe Activision is being smart and bringing back Sierra as a sub label to publish other games than just COD, Skylanders and Destiny, oh let's don't forget Cabela's Hunting Games.  I want some new Crash and Spyro games worthly of being called so.  Two odd games I would like to see TimeShift 2 & Assault Heroes 3.  Or maybe some company bought the name from them who knows.

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

Out of all of the Sierra games published which would be the best to remake, if they could?

mfg69
mfg69

Umm...well...spoke too soon.  Yes, I see...activision.....hmm well I'm 99.9% sure I know what they'll do to my excitement.

jasonmperry70
jasonmperry70

@consumed_chaos Codemasters owns the LSL IP now. They actually put out a a "new" LSL game last year and brought in Al Lowe to help with the design.

scraggly_bear
scraggly_bear

@jmeyer2039 Agreed about their adventure games!

Incidentally, they did publish Half-Life etc.! Weird huh?! I remembered when it came out thinking, gee wiz! Maybe Sierra games are getting better! and then realizing they just published it and that's it.

People also don't remember they also published a Diablo 1 expansion, lol.

Pupchu
Pupchu

@homey_d_clown  Oh dear, too many to chosse from, plus i'm not the kind of guy who supports remakes. o.o;

kenbop2
kenbop2

@DarkJedi8_basic @aegis_kleais  Well they've obviously not seen the 80's logo. I believe they could bring back some great IP's and hopefully show us some actual IP production, not just an announcement of intent. Can't wait to see what happens.