GamesCom14: Sierra Has Been Reborn As A Indie Publisher

Activision abruptly brought Sierra Entertainment out from the dead and speculation went crazy. Everything from SWAT to Crash Bandicoot ( Our guess actually! ) was brought up. Some people however guess Kings Quest, and as it turns out, those peopler were correct! 

Activision and Sierra explained at GamesCom that Sierra is reborn as a “indie title” publisher. Sierra will be making their own games too starting with Kings Quest which will be made by the studio The Odd Gentlemen. The game will be based off the point and click title and fully re-imagined by the studio. For those not entirely familar with Sierra, Kings Quest was actually the first title by them and had a follow up in 1998. 

From Activision:

Sierra’s goal is to find and work with talented indie developers working on their own amazing projects, or passionate about working on great Sierra IP, and leverage our expertise to aid them in bring these fun and exciting experiences to gamers with the level of visibility and awareness they deserve,” said Bob Loya, Sr. Director of External Development. “In addition to Lucid Games and The Odd Gentlemen, we’re in talks with a large number of other indie devs, and can’t wait to share more details with fans in the near future.”

Other than finding ways to remake it’s classic game, Sierra will work as an indie branch to Activision. Similar to how Ubisoft grabs a few indie style games, Sierra will find them and publish them under Sierra/Activision. The first game they are publishing like this will be a new Geometry Wars. 

From Activision:

The first title set to launch under Sierra is Geometry Wars3: Dimensions from the team at Lucid Games.Geometry Wars3: Dimensions is an exciting new evolution of the fast-paced, frenetic Geometry Warsgameplay fans love, and will introduce full 3D action and both cooperative and competitive multiplayer for the first time in the franchise.  In addition to a full single-player campaign with 50 unique challenges and over 10 battle modes – five of which are brand new to the series – Geometry Wars3: Dimensions features dynamic and persistent progression, offering players a consistently new experience each time they play.Geometry Wars3: Dimensions is planned to launch later this year.

“Thanks to Sierra, we’re planning to release Geometry Wars3: Dimensions on more platforms than ever before,” said Pete Wallace, Studio Head, Lucid Games. “We’re thrilled to work with the indie team atSierra to bring the next generation of Geo Wars gameplay to our passionate and loyal fans, and look forward to seeing you all online!”