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Telltale King's Quest timeline

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For those keeping count, first announcement was exactly two years on February 17, 2013, and last confirmed information was given about 1 1/2 years ago on June 2011 (from 01/23/2013).

The last major production/development information was made in an interview on May 2011.

It has now been confirmed that the game was cancelled.

Timeline Note (miscellaneous):
We also know that this year in 2013 that Telltale is expanding in size, to make more games. No idea what they are expanding to make though.
http://www.joystiq.com/2012/11/20/telltale-games-to-expand-starting-in-spring-2013/

Paul Trowe/Replay (3rd party)
  • April 10, 2012: "The remaining issue, as with King’s Quest, would be licensing the games from owners Activision. Trowe explained that Activision had been a touch unrealistic when he first approached them. Activision told us that they wanted $500,000 up front,” he explained. “And greater than 50% revenue share for those properties. I told them ‘good luck on getting that’, because I don’t think anybody’s going to pay that fee. I can tell you that they changed their tune about six months after that.” But since then Space Quest has been licensed elsewhere, and Replay are currently in negotiations over getting the rights for themselves. “I want to say it’s looking good,” said Trowe, “but right now I’d give us 50/50.”
    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/04/10/replay-trying-to-bring-back-space-quest-kings-quest/#more-103251

    RPS: So also with King’s Quest, they’ve been uncharacteristically generous in allowing fan projects. Have you seen the project the Silver Lining?
    Paul: The Silver Lining wasn’t available for sale…
    RPS: That’s right, yes.
    Paul:And in addition it wasn’t really a King’s Quest. In my opinion they did an injustice to the King’s Quest franchise.
    RPS: That’s interesting, why do you think that?
    Paul: I just don’t think it held true to Roberta’s vision, just like I don’t think the Leisure Suit Larrys that have come out after Al wasn’t involved held true to Al’s vision. And that’s why I refuse to work on a Leisure Suit Larry game if Al wasn’t involved. I refuse to work on a King’s Quest game if Roberta’s not involved.
    RPS: Would Roberta be willing to be involved, she’s been out of the industry for a while hasn’t she?
    Paul: I can’t speak for Roberta, but I can tell you that we’re currently talking to her and Ken.
    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/04/10/happy-as-larry-al-lowe-on-remaking-his-classic-game/#more-103200


  • April 12, 2012: "I love the Sierra classics!! Can you bring back King's Quest, Space Quest, or Police Quest? Our good friends over at Tell Tale have licensed King's Quest from Activision. If we do our job right then maybe, just MAYBE we'll be able to partner with them and ruinite the Space Quest team, King's Quest team (go Roberta!!!!) and Police Quest team for re-makes or new versions of those (Space Quest 7 anybody?)."
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1451923705/make-leisure-suit-larry-come-again/#ILoveTheSierClasCanYouBrinBackKingQuesSpacQuesOrPoliQues

  • June 5, 2012: Trowe related Kickstarter sabotage controversy (false claims/smears about several other competing projects, and sockpuppetry). He later apologies. However it is unclear how much the duplicity affected any previous claims made before it was discovered by MixnMojo and others.http://mixnmojo.com/news/Is-Paul-Trowe-of-Replay-Sabotaging-Other-Kickstarters
    http://www.spacequest.net/index.php/topic/286-controversy-paul-trowe-on-the-two-guys/page__st__20__p__2266#entry2266


  • April 1, 2013: “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.’
    http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/looking-at-leisure-suit-larry-reloaded-and-whats-ahead-for-replay-games-with-paul-trowe/

    “Activision’s probably not going to give us the King’s Quest rights,” Trowe told us. “[Telltale] had it, and we were going to license it from them to make the remakes.” Telltale senior VP of publishing Steve Allison told Trowe that it was an issue of bandwidth; the studio behind 2012′s*The Walking Dead simply did not have the resources to handle*King’s Quest, what with a second season and the launch of*Fables both in the works.*

    “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,’” Trowe revealed. He doesn’t know what the publisher’s plans are for*King’s Quest, but they don’t seem to include either Telltale or Replay. We’ve reached out to Activision for comment and will update this post accordingly when we hear back. Be sure to check out our full interview with Trowe, and to head back here tomorrow for our extensive GDC chat with Telltale CEO Dan Connors."
    http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/activision-is-planning-something-for-kings-quest-franchise-rights-reportedly-recovered-from-telltale-games/
Josh Mandel comments (3rd party)
  • March 8, 2011: "Telltale and I have spoken a bit lately, but there's nothing more I can (or should) say about it! But I would love to be King Graham for Telltale, and I trust them completely with the property."
    http://archive.adventuregamers.com/forums/showpost.php?p=574476&postcount=27
  • Jan 19, 2013: Josh Mandel comments & Chat Log:
    "And Activision would be foolish to say, "Here, we're renting you the license to King's Quest. Do nothing with it in perpetuity...Telltale seems to be going in another direction anyway. Walking Dead was a hugely popular license and a big success for them, I think. King's Quest would be a big step backwards, a far less well-known and far less popular license...I think it's been safely reported that Activision and/or the Sierra licenses (except Larry) are up for sale...they *had* the KQ license and did nothing with it, opting instead to pick up a license of a national television show that certainly didn't need Telltale's help."
    http://www.telltalegames.com/forums/showpost.php?p=763862&postcount=122
    http://pastebin.com/ktzRV5FU
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  • Well, I've tried to post something about TT's King's Quest whenever possible on other sites, Telltale articles, to try to keep some presence of "people still wanting to know what's going on" out there.

    In other news, folks at the Double Fine gameclub (fan group) are playing Sam & Max with a couple Telltale devs this weekend... I'll try to politely pester them. :) Details here.
  • Has Telltale ever published a game that they didn't also develop? Could that be what they are doing with KQ?
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    MtnPeak;776702 said:
    Has Telltale ever published a game that they didn't also develop? Could that be what they are doing with KQ?
    They did that once so far with Hector: Badge of Carnage.

    I suppose it's possible that could be Telltale's plan for King's Quest. We don't know anything about Telltale's King's Quest so far, other than the fact that an internal team was set up for it a while back (but they also had a team at Telltale working on Hector since the game was converted to the Telltale Tool internally by Telltale themselves).
  • A lot more care than post on here.

    You could even say that most that post on here don't care themselves.
    The extremely vocal "don't care/haters" probably scare away most who care, and want to have meaningful discussions, since they would be mostly attacked for 'caring'.
  • BagginsKQ;777008 said:
    The extremely vocal "don't care/haters" probably scare away most who care, and want to have meaningful discussions, since they would be mostly attacked for 'caring'.
    Yup. It's funny how people saying something as simple as, "Hmm, a new KQ game could be interesting," were told over and over how they were brainwashed by Sierra marketing and addicted to the brand name. I guess it's not possible to enjoy something because you simply enjoy it? :confused:

    And the people who didn't care about the game had to announce their lack of caring almost irrationally to the forum in every thread. But the good news is people can share their opinions now without fear of being attacked and insulted repeatedly by the 'true fans'. :)

    It doesn't really matter either way. If Telltale does KQ, cool. If they don't, okay. But if it's a possibility, then certainly we should talk about what we think it might be. I think when all is said and done Telltale isn't going to do this game. They have Fables coming up and they already have a cash cow in TWD. Doing KQ could only be a potential commercial setback for them, but you never know.
  • If Telltale does KQ, cool. If they don't, okay.
    That's kinda of my perspective. I'll judge it on its own merit if and when it comes out. Just having a new KQ story if it is compelling might be worth it ot see.

    What I would like to know though, is what else is Telltale going to do... They have reportedly expanded the company in size, increased the number of employees, moved into larger building, etc... Are they using all that new task force on making other games they aren't ready to announce yet. Or is it being used to 'port' currently made games on more consoles with less of a waiting period? They did mention that this expansion would allow them to make more games at once, and maybe delve into more variety of genres.

    If the former are there going to be some products that just appear out of nowhere when they are ready to advertise/release them?
  • BagginsKQ;777032 said:

    If the former are there going to be some products that just appear out of nowhere when they are ready to advertise/release them?
    That's what I'm guessing. They could have one other IP on which they're working, but they won't reveal it until a month or so before the release.

    But from recent interviews Fables could be out next month, so Telltale will be back in the spotlight.
  • jonathanfrisby;776257 said:

    In other news, folks at the Double Fine gameclub (fan group) are playing Sam & Max with a couple Telltale devs this weekend... I'll try to politely pester them. :) Details here.
    Jake Rodkin came by and chatted while we played the first S&M season- asked if he could say anything about whether KQ was ever going to happen - " I can't talk about KQ"

    Shortest answer of an awesome chat :D
    It also didn't particularly sound like a return to more traditional point & click TT games was going to happen for awhile/ever.

    At least the lack of information is consistent... Back when I was 12 and would try to pry new game information out of the Sierra customer service people they'd all say different things. :D
  • Refusing to say now whether or not a KQ is even going to happen speaks volumes, especially when you consider that they previously announced their intention to create a new KQ.

    Since TTG doesn't even make adventure games anymore and likely never will again, I want KQ freed from TTG's hold so that another developer can get the license to continue the series properly.
  • At least the lack of information is consistent... Back when I was 12 and would try to pry new game information out of the Sierra customer service people they'd all say different things.
    Even if you went to visit Sierra, you couldn't even talk about what you saw. You had to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
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