Sierra's much-loved (and sometimes hated) Gabriel Knight series is already on the way to a revival thanks to an upcoming 20th anniversary remake of its first game, Sins of the Father. But what about long-time fans who want something new from the series? Well, we've got good news.
This week, as part of a series of content releases leading up to the launch of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition, Phoenix Online Studios released a new Gabriel Knight story available free to everyone in PDF form.
Titled "The Temptation," the 15-page story is written by Gabriel Knight's creator, Jane Jensen, and is set six months after the events of 1999's Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned, the last game released in the series. It finds the titular protagonist lost, uncertain of the direction of his life following the traumatic events of that game. It also features a shocking guest appearance from one of the villains of the second Gabriel Knight game, The Beast Within, as well as hints at where the series could go in the future if it's able to continue.
And will it continue? Jane Jensen has expressed a desire to do more Gabriel Knight games before (including in our feature on her new studio, Pinkerton Road). Most recently, Jensen did an Ask Me Anything thread on Reddit, where the topic came up again.
"The GK franchise is owned by Activision, and currently we (Pinkerton Road) just have the rights to remake the first one," Jensen wrote. "However, now that Activision is starting up the new Sierra line, I think there's a good chance they'll want to work with us on more GK games — assuming the GK1 remake does well."
Jensen also clarified that she would prefer to do new games moving forward rather than just remakes of the second and third Gabriel Knight games. "In fact, if I had my way I'd do a new trilogy," she added.
Whatever ends up happening, there's certainly more Gabriel Knight news floating around than there has been in at least a decade. That alone should make fans of the long-ignored series happy. For now, you can read the new Gabriel Knight short story for yourself in the PDF we've embedded below.