King's Quest rights go from Telltale to Activision

Telltale no longer working on reviving the long-dormant franchise.

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Activision has regained the rights to the long-dormant King's Quest series from The Walking Dead creator Telltale Games.

Telltale announced that it had purchased the rights to King's Quest in 2011, but now Telltale's vice president of publishing Steve Allinson confirmed the rights to the game had returned to Activision. “While we deeply love King’s Quest here at Telltale," said Allinson in a statement to Digital Trends, "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.”

King's Quest was a notable fantasy-themed adventure game series which ran between 1984 and 1998. The series was developed by Sierra Entertainment, with rights to the series falling to Activision when it merged with Vivendi in 2008.

Also speaking to Digital Trends, Leisure Suite Larry remake developer Replay was also planning on making a new King's Quest game. Replay owner Dan Trowe said that Activision has its own plans for a King's Quest game, however.

“Activision’s probably not going to give us the King’s Quest rights,” Trowe said. “[Telltale] had it, and we were going to license it from them to make the remakes.”

“Then I talked to the guys at Activision and they were like, ‘No, we’re pulling it because we’re going to do it ourselves,’” continued Trowe, but he has no other details as to Activision's plans.

Telltale is currently working on a second season of The Walking Dead alongside an adaptation of Bill Willingham's Fables graphic novels.

Discussion

49 comments
asjflask
asjflask

I wonder if Roberta Williams is planning another quest in the series....

Loved this game as a kid too.  I'm still a fan of point-and-click games like this and Star Trek The Next Generation:  A Final Unity.

ernelson1976
ernelson1976

I was wondering what Telltale was doing with this. The King's Quest series was one of my favorites as a kid, and I'd love to see it revived in some form. I was happy to hear that Telltale was thinking of reviving it. I have less confidence that Activision will do anything worthwhile with the franchise. I'd much rather a small studio take it on.

An update with some more modern graphics, but retaining the overall theme and style of the later games might have been very cool. Now it probably won't happen. Too bad.

kohle36
kohle36

This stuff should just be public domain at this point. Activision had nothing to do with the creation of any of these games, and the original creators have long since been compensated and retired. Even the parent company is defunct, and now we have a major publisher just sitting on them because they may be able to squeeze an extra penny or two out of re-releases, licensing fees or (heaven forbid) remakes. Hell, they might never do anything with it, but sure as hell they'll sit on that 'acquired asset' to the dying breath. It's examples like this that serve to remind of the absolute absurdity of IP law

Episode23
Episode23

there is such a thing as contemporary games. kings quest certainly belongs into another time. not the present. every remake, reboot, rehash be it movies, music or games just indicates how desperate the industries are. from heir point of view it is very doomy. what does an industry do when everything was said and done a million times over? give up? certainly not. trick people into thinking they are still producing stuff worth giving money for? that's more like it. people want it that way. otherwise such nonsense like zombified industries that are eating themselves would not exist on this planet.

Mariner32
Mariner32

So are we getting a gritty FPS reboot with annual installments? Can't wait!

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hadlee73
hadlee73

I think the perception of the popularity of this IP might be a little over-blown. While us older gamers remember and love the King's Quest series, many of the existing crop of gamers just won't care (unless it gets a game-changing reboot which rekindles the series, much like what happened with Fallout 3).

Cowboy-Bebop
Cowboy-Bebop

Confirmed news tomorrow: Activision is currently working on a Kings Quest MMO, with a FPS Kings Quest coming next fall, followed by Prince Quest and rotating yearly. Queens Quest will be a third person adventure game followed by Princess Quest the following year and rotating yearly. Each game will come with micro-transactions and a $50 game pass to download new maps every 3 months. Each game will have a Collectors Edition with a Statue of the King, Queen, Prince and Princess. Nintendo will sue over the princess since she is recognized as a Nintendo character and it will be tied up in court for years. Activision confirms that there will never be a point and click Kings Quest game because the is no demand aka no money in it for them. Since they are corporate, they have no clue what this Kick Starter stuff is and won't stoop to giving consumers what the really want. Well, that about wraps up Activisions plans for the game.

cornbredx
cornbredx

I thought his name was Paul Trowe?

Anyway, ya that is odd but maybe Telltale didn't feel it would work considering how they have recently upped the ante with Walking Dead and couldn't find a way to do Kings Quest and innovate on it enough so it wasn't to stale or something.

Scarab83
Scarab83

Coming Soon... King's Quest: Quest Harder. The very first FPS entry of King's Quest.

X-Blackrose
X-Blackrose

Man, people need to stop complaining about Activision...

...instead, why don't you make fun of them?

KING'S QUEST (C) ACTIVISION 2082

1st quest: Comes with the game (five-minute tutorial)

2nd quest: Comes with the game (thirty-minute quest)

**DLC**

Sexy Lingerie DLC (includes thong and bikini) *$5.00

Alternate ending of the game (one-minute abysmal ending) *$5.00

Random Crap That Makes No Sense DLC (Rainbow Donkey, Dancing Alligator) *$15.00

Call of Duty multiplayer *$59.99

OH, AND IF YOU PRE-ORDER: YOU GET A FREE PENCIL!


Activision, sell the entire product; instead of selling it in pieces.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Well that's a little disappointing, but I guess the series is best left alone.

hardeddie
hardeddie

Those were the days of Sierra. Flip you Activision! I had high hopes for Telltale game to bring King's Quest into modern gameplay, knowing Activision business practice this will be more like 'Capture the Flag' with monthly Unlockable DLC ( Disc Locked Content ) with premium crap thrown into it. You wont reach the heart of younger gamer with King's Quest Activision. So up yours!

kisado87
kisado87

Alexander removes his scarf from around his neck and chokes himself.

Eric_Drav3n
Eric_Drav3n

So I guess the next game will have Rosella shooting the seven dwarfs with a ak47.

Tauu
Tauu

Before there was online gaming Sierra's games were a great reason to game on PC. Hero's Quest: So You Want To Be A Hero was my favorite.

GunnyHath
GunnyHath

Kings Quest and Space Quest were some of my earliest PC gaming memories.  I hope Activision does them justice.

nigelholden
nigelholden

KQ4 was one of the first PC games I've ever played.  They don't make games like that anymore.  

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

“Then I talked to the guys at Activision and they were like, ‘No, we’re pulling it because we’re going to do it ourselves,’” continued Trowe,

This actually surprises me.  Activision has been sitting on all these old IPs from Sierra/Vivendi for years, and had no interest in doing anything with them.  I've got a feeling they've seen the success of old franchises and 'spiritual successors' on Kickstarter, and now want a slice of the action.

But sadly I have no faith in Activision producing anything of quality from these old IPs.  The way they pushed that Walking Dead: Survival game out of the door shows they're only interested in a quick cash grab.

*sigh*

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

Any big publisher that has the rights to old classic games will ruin it. They won't stay true to the series, they wont care about what the fans want.. look at EA and what they have done with Command & Conquer.. it's not a web based pay to win game. Such a waste.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Oh King's Quest VI. How I miss the good times with you and Police Quest IV.

PLEASE Activision actually make a new King's Quest game. And make it good. And DON'T give it stupid crap like season passes or some frickin garbage, just make the game and make it good.

EliOli
EliOli

Back in the day...  Kings Quest was the AAA franchise in computer gaming.  Had a lot of fun with that series.  If they bring it back, I hope they do it right.

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

They should simply hand over this franchie to a Indie developper. I could see really well the ones who worked on Legends of Grimrock work on this as well. Games with Old school mechanics are the best

macca366
macca366

Activision... King's Quest... Wut?

Lausanna
Lausanna

This series is single handedly responsible for getting me into gaming as a little kid. I don't want it remade. I like it the way I remember it. Well. At least its not EA..right? RIGHT? :S

Ceclor
Ceclor

King's Quest.  Haven't heard that name in a while.  There's a reason for that.  The last KQ game was crap.  Someone took a fantasy game and turned it in to a third person shooter.  As far as I am concerned, that killed the franchise.  Sorry, Rosella, King Graham, Alexander.  Your legacy fell fast and was replaced with Call of Duty.

I didn't see any mention of a new game.  Just a remake of the previous ones.  What?  Can no one think of a new game in the old, but upgraded, style?  Did Roberta Williams disappear from the face of the planet?  Sheesh.  Enough remakes.

Stebsis
Stebsis

Meanwhile at Activision: "Okay, guys. We need money and fast, so throw ideas what we're going to do with this belowed adventure point and click game franchise, King's Quest."

"How about an FPS?"

"Brilliant! Let's get guys at Terminal Reality to make it, give them 6 months to do it and it'll be a smash hit!"

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

King's Quest V: Absence Makes The Heart Go Yonder!
How dare you say that to me...

TheSnerd
TheSnerd

@asjflask I would love to see A Final Unity available to buy somewhere, one of my favourite games of all time but I no longer have a copy, and it's a struggle to get it working on newer OS.

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@Scarab83 Shouldn't it be: King's Quest: Quest Hard, then King's Quest: Quest Harder?

tim1935
tim1935

@X-Blackrose That's funny.  But I have never bought a DLC and don't think I will in the future either.  I refuse to support this greedy business model.  You end up paying $150-200 for a $40-60 game.  I miss the old days when content was either added for free in a patch or they made a whole new game out of it instead of purposely holding back good features to try and charge more for it.  Not all DLCs are like that, but most are.

hardeddie
hardeddie

@Saketume thanks for the link, now this is interesting. I will support them. Theres one more, Police Quest. Havent supported Activision in 3 years and never will.

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

@macca366 King's Quest was once owned by Sierra, part of Vivendi who merged with Activision.

Kaobasa
Kaobasa

@Ceclor KQ8 wasn't that bad.  Sierra tried to bring KQ into the modern era when 3D graphics and all the stuff was the rage and still keep some of its puzzle solving.   It was a very average game although some times it could get very under average.

Sam and Max is a good example of an old point and click game brought into the future.  Tell Tale has been pretty successful in bringing it back.  Point and click  adventure games are making a nice come back.  There is an audience out there for games like this and small or indie developers know this.  In fact there's a fantastic game called Quest for Infamy that was recently successful on kickstarter.  Anyone a fan of point and click games should google it and check it out.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@shadow131990 KKKKHHHHAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!

shadow131990
shadow131990

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

asjflask
asjflask

@TheSnerd @asjflask Ugh, it sucks not finding a copy.  You can use DOSBox to emulate it and run it, but the sound is a little choppy.  I have to do that on Windows 7 and XP.  Works better than nothing at all, but you may be able to find a ROM for it.  I know that's technically illegal, but if you have a copy and it's just misplaced, then it's technically legal.

Lausanna
Lausanna

@shadow131990 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!