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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: http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/looking-at-leisure-suit-larry-reloaded-and-whats-ahead-for-replay-games-with-paul-trowe/

...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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  • Could I get a source for that please?
  • Darth Marsden;806651 said:
    Could I get a source for that please?
    Ask Santa or the Easter Bunny.

    Aren't we just doing random killjoys?

    No, you will never become president or prime minister and if you wanted to be a pro athlete, you should've put down those cheeseburgers more than a decade ago.
  • Johro;806652 said:


    No, you will never become president or prime minister
    HA I'm prime minster of the spare button sometimes put on the inside of your coat.
  • Johro;806652 said:
    Ask Santa or the Easter Bunny.
    Thought so.

    My thinking is, given how much press and 'fan' reaction Telltale's cancellation got, Activision's got at least something planned to capitalize on the IP. I'd be VERY surprised if they canceled it.
  • Darth Marsden;806696 said:
    Thought so.

    My thinking is, given how much press and 'fan' reaction Telltale's cancellation got, Activision's got at least something planned to capitalize on the IP. I'd be VERY surprised if they canceled it.
    COD maps based on classic Sierra locations, including Castle Daventry, the Xenon Dome, the streets of Lytton and Raseir.
  • Yeah because as we all know Activision has so much respect for game series and games based on TV they acquired like how they made Skylanders Spyro's Adventure making it barely based on Spyro then removing Spyro's name complete, Family Guy Back to the Multiverse which is extremely short, The Walking Dead Survival Instinct, and finally not making a Crash game for 5 years while cancelling other Crash games.
  • I think Naughty Dog should buy Crash back off them.
    (They might let it go if they really can't see themselves making anything from it)
  • I would rather have Sony at least buy it back then give it to developers we know who can make good games like Sansaru Games, Naughty Dog etc.
  • Gibbeynator;806700 said:
    COD maps based on classic Sierra locations, including Castle Daventry, the Xenon Dome, the streets of Lytton and Raseir.
    CoD: Lytton would actually be pretty sweet.
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