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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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  • Ok, this is worth adding to the timeline, but I say with some trepidation.

    Trowe has in the past proven himself to not be the most reliable of sources. He has exaggerated things, mentioned things about other companies he probably had no inside knowledge of (speculation), and in some cases knowingly tried to undermine other companies who posed possible competition with 'shared designers' (trying to make them look less credible). He has been called out on it in the past. See MixnMojo website.

    So with that kinda past, I hold a bit of skepticsm and cynicism.
  • Also should I question the fact that it was put up on "April 1st"? :rolleyes::confused:
  • On a side note if this isn't some kind of elaborate conspiracy laden April Fool's joke, it might draw TellTale out to make an actual statement. If people interviewing TT, ask them about this Trowe interview.
  • I have nothing but love for Paul Trowe right now. So maybe he was a little overexcitable and naughty in the past. Haven't we all been that way at one time or another? After I got a look at the alpha version of Replay's awesome Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded, all was forgiven. And if he can manage to bring about a new Roberta game? Why, he'll almost be ready for sainthood. But Baggins is still right to approach things with skepticism.

    I just feel good knowing that there are still developers out there who love the classics and care about making actual adventure games.
  • "So maybe he was a little overexcitable and naughty in the past. Haven't we all been that way at one time or another?"

    Tell that to most politicians (republican or otherwise) who speaks up or says anything not politically correct, ;). Heh heh. Bring out the barbecue, and call for a resignation!

    P.S. If there is a reason to call for a resignation, I don't care who or what party they they belong, treat all equally! None of that namby pamby, "but it's my guy, they can do better, we forgive them" stuff.

    BTW. I probably won't buy the new Larry... At least not right away, maybe when it ends up in 60-70% off bargain discount... The series just doesn't interest me... They never did.

    Actually I got most of the Larry games in my collection from old Sierra, buy 1 get one free deals, LOL. I bought a new game in some series, or some other collection, and had the choice to get a free product (and Larry collection box was one of the few I didn't have).
  • Paul's been going through an amazing effort to fix his image lately -- It's been appreciated.

    Seems like Paul is probably the original source of the similar comments made by Blackthorne? It's either that, or we have two different sources saying essentially the same thing... Josh Mandel's more "hinting" comments match with Paul's explanation of the situation. I think this is enough information to pretty much rule out a TT King's Quest game, unless they're all repeating each other.

    How long ago Activision decided to do something different is a more interesting question -- it seems like quite awhile ago.... which could mean there's a Jane Jensen, Mystery Game X connection (however unlikely). Telltale could be not commenting and leaving the forum up to assist with misdirection. Who knows.

    I think the Roberta stuff is surely noteworthy! That's the most anyone's gotten out of her in years, in terms of leaving the yacht, and making a new game. I think Paul's probably a bit optimistic sounding about it, but not making it up.
  • Adding:

    I agree with the separation of the Trowe stuff from the timeline.

    Considering his public demeanor last spring, it seems hard to determine what kind of interaction he actually had with Telltale -- they could have just been trying to get rid of him :D

    And it seems likely that Paul > Josh > Blackthorne is the probable sourcing for all of their comments -- which still leaves us with Paul, as a shaky source.

    I don't think even Paul would dare to make a statement like "Roberta will work on a new game" if it wasn't true, but who knows.
  • Assuming all this is true, this is...a little troubling.

    First of all, why would Telltale announce a King's Quest game if they weren't sure that it would actually happen? We know they've done quite a few undiscussed projects that never fell through (and which they're still not willing to reveal anything about), so pulling the plug on something that was already announced seems...unlike them.

    Also, Activision making a new game themselves is...scary. Can't wait for Call of King's Quest. :rolleyes:
  • Josh Mandel hinting? For completeness links to those references would be nice. I'll add the references to the list.

    Ya you may have a point with a circular fallacy (circular reasoning) going on. With everyone assuming they think they know what is going on.

    There are some similarities with the 2012 account and 2013 account but they don't seem to match up on all details. Some discrepancies possible embellishments perhaps even unintentional. Ya some do sound a bit like a game of echo. Changes to the story become more fantastic as each person retells it.
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