King’s Quest fans have a chance to check out Activision’s upcoming return to the series — under the newly revived Sierra label — at the 2014 Game Awards, a new industry awards show that’s happening on December 5. The show will also feature a tribute to Sierra On-Line, the original creator of King’s Quest and one of the leading developers of adventure games during the ’80s and ’90s. The Game Awards producer Geoff Keighley announced the news and shared a teaser video for the tribute in recent tweets.
The new King’s Quest is being developed by The Odd Gentlemen, the Los Angeles-based studio behind the stylish puzzle-platformers The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom and Maestro Piccolo’s Flea Symphony. According to the developer’s website, the team met with King’s Quest creators and Sierra On-Line co-founders Ken and Roberta Williams in October 2014, and received their enthusiastic blessing for continuing the venerable adventure series.
Activision revived the Sierra brand as a label for independent games in August 2014, and its first release was the recently launched Geometry Wars 3 from Lucid Games. With Telltale’s episodic series’, Broken Age and the remastered Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father peppering the release calendar, adventure games are in vogue once more, which is likely part of the reason that Activision decided to revive the Sierra brand.
The Game Awards 2014 airs December 5, 2014 on a variety of online streaming platforms, which can be found here.