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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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  • I was wondering if it it would be possible for telltale to make a KQ game and see what it's like, so I am a little sad to hear this (sorta like when Space Quest 7 never came out.)
  • Chyron8472;783556 said:
    "Marketplace realities"
    The Irony is beyond impeccable... It's rather sad really. I honestly wonder if we will ever truly see a true-blue adventure game from Telltale ever again at this point. As much as I loved The Walking Dead, and look forward to The Wolf Among Us and what the new season of The Walking Dead will bring. This news is rather a slap in the face, more so by the fact that we couldn't even get a response directly from Telltale...
  • I fear for the future of Sam & Max more than anything else.
  • I honestly couldn't give two hoots about the cancellation of a Telltale adventure game at this point. There's 'Broken Age', 'Tex Murphy VI' and 'Broken Sword V' on the horizon. I'm like a pig in shit right now!
  • Johro;783700 said:
    If that's the future(BTTF, JP, TWD), I don't think I want any part of it.
    Amen.
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    St_Eddie;783727 said:
    There's 'Broken Age', 'Tex Murphy VI' and 'Broken Sword V' on the horizon. I'm like a pig in shit right now!
    I'm funding both of those (as well as the Jane Jensen project), and I'm really looking forward to what's coming up.
  • St_Eddie;783727 said:
    I honestly couldn't give two hoots about the cancellation of a Telltale adventure game at this point. There's 'Broken Age', 'Tex Murphy VI' and 'Broken Sword V' on the horizon. I'm like a pig in shit right now!
    Not to mention 3 adventure games form Daedalic Entertainment. Yeah, I'll join your swine club ;)
  • So people aren't happy because Telltale are doing new things and will continue to do so instead of keeping a certain subset of fans happy by making old things newer using nostalgia as a method of forward planning?
  • corruptbiggins;783735 said:
    So people aren't happy because Telltale are doing new things and will continue to do so instead of keeping a certain subset of fans happy by making old things newer using nostalgia as a method of forward planning?
    I'm happy they aren't doing KQ. I'm really pissed off they didn't just come out and say it wasn't happening when we all knew it wasn't happening.
  • BagginsKQ;783710 said:
    It's the late 1990's all over again.

    Reminds me of Chainsaw Monday.
    Except tons of adventure games are on the market.
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