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Telltale's King's Quest license pulled by Activision

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Paul Trowe of Replay says TTG no longer involved with KQ. Sorry for the long excerpt (hope that's ok), but thought everyone here should see this, especially the part at the end. Trowe certainly makes for a good interview subject, and he's definitely passionate about classic-style adventure games.

I would have actually been thrilled if Replay had acquired licenses from Activision. Replay's Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded is looking DAMN good, and at least you know the people over there are actually big fans of the classics!

Read whole thing here:

...Perk up, longtime Sierra fans. Company founders Ken and Roberta Williams have been doing some chatting with their former employee-turned-Larry crusader.

“I want to do a game with Roberta,” Trowe said matter-of-factly. “I emailed Ken and Roberta, [and] Roberta said that she will do another game depending on how the outcome of our first one goes. I will do my absolute fucking very best not only because I would anyway, but because I want Roberta to be proud of us and I want to work with her again.”

A new Roberta Williams game doesn’t automatically mean a new King’s Quest game, unfortunately. Trowe is unsure of Activision’s willingness to hand over the rights to the series. Reports from a couple of years back put those right in the hands of Telltale Games, the California-based studio behind 2012′s critically acclaimed The Walking Dead series. Now Telltale is preparing to turn its attention to a similar episodic treatment of Bill Willingham’s Fables. According to Trowe, Telltale is out of the King’s Quest picture.

“They had [the King's Quest rights], and we were going to license it from them to make the remakes. I wouldn’t do a King’s Quest without Roberta. [Telltale senior VP of publishing] Steve Allison told me that they have the rights but they don’t have the bandwidth.” Allison offered to look into sub-licensing King’s Quest out to Replay, but Trowe hit a dead end when he brought the conversation over to Activision. ”I talked to the guys at Activision and they were like, ‘No, we’re pulling it [from Telltale] because we’re going to do it ourselves.’”

This is the first public mention of Activision’s plans for King’s Quest since the Telltale connection was first revealed in early 2011. We’ve reached out to Activision for comment and will update accordingly when we hear back. Think about the possibilities though. More Leisure Suit Larry, post-release content updates, a planned F2P casino game, and the possibility of an entirely new game from Roberta Williams. It’s like 1987 all over again. Trowe is just as much excited gamer as he is industry professional, but wouldn’t you be too?

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  • Chyron8472;784065 said:
    I guess that's a "no" then.

    I know you're under contract, Puzzlebox, so it's maybe not your fault, but it still sucks being left in the dark for ages when the game was really cancelled many months ago.
    Actually it was Puzzlebox's personal decision to cancel the 'King's Quest' game. Others at the company disagreed but Puzzlebox was adamant. Damn you, Puzzlebox! :p
  • No, I meant it's maybe not her fault that we were left in the dark about KQ's cancellation until Paul Trowe forced the issue.

    I did also say that I recognize the probability that she has no control whatsoever about whether TTG have a bad PR policy, despite the fact that she's supposed to be the voice of the company to those who care enough to bother visiting the company forums.

    EDIT: Suffice it to say that I wish she could help to show that the company actually gives a fart about the fans, and--despite my not knowing to what degree she has any influence on the subject--I'm somewhat annoyed that she isn't.
  • St_Eddie;784070 said:
    Actually it was Puzzlebox's personal decision to cancel the 'King's Quest' game. Others at the company disagreed but Puzzlebox was adamant. Damn you, Puzzlebox! :p
    Oh, so that's what happened.

  • Since when did this turn into a King’s Quest thread?!
  • Since the King's Quest section got closed down.
  • Noname215;784096 said:
    Since when did this turn into a King’s Quest thread?!
    Since the first post of the thread...
  • SON... I AM DISAPPOINT. >8/ But, then again, I guess I wouldn't want to have seen King's Quest resemble Jurassic Park in any capacity.

    Edit: But, still. Took you look enough to announce this. I mean, really. REALLY.
  • BagginsKQ;783686 said:
    BTW, I think King's Quest might be cursed ;).

    Three games cancelled. Now we have to watch for Activision's IVth attempt ("we have plans of our own").

    Which may already be cancelled, LOL.
    This might be true! It's soooo sad!
    I love Kings Quest VII! I hope a new game will be out one day.
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  • So Activision, huh? Grrr. Go back to Guitar Hero, that's what I say!
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