Activision is reviving the Sierra label and is set to kick off the new regime with new games in the King's Quest and Geometry Wars series, the company announced today.
The revived Sierra — teased last week by Activision — will re-release old studio classics as well as collaborate with indie studios to create new "innovative, edgy and graphically unique" projects. According to a statement from the company, Sierra will focus on publishing downloadable games through PlayStation Network, Steam for PC and Xbox Live.
Kicking off the revival will be Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions from Lucid Games, a studio founded by former Geometry Wars developers Bizarre Creations. Dimensions will include a single-player mode with 50 challenges and 10 battle modes. The game is due out this holiday on "on more platforms than ever before," according to studio head Pete Wallace.
A new King's Quest is also on the way from developer The Odd Gentlemen, a "reimagined" take on the franchise that will include the same classic puzzle challenges and narrative focus as the original games. The story will follow the adventures of King Graham and his granddaughter Gwendolyn on their travels, as the young Gwendolyn "discovers the true greatness" of her relative. This new King's Quest will launch in 2015.
"We're very proud of what we created all those years ago with Sierra Online, and today's news about carrying Sierra forward as an indie-specific brand is very encouraging," said Sierra founder Ken Williams in a press statement.
"Sierra's goal is to find and work with gifted up-and-coming indie developers working on their own amazing projects or who are passionate about working on great Sierra IP," added Sierra director of external development Bob Loya. "We're in talks with a large number of other indie devs, and we can't wait to share more details with fans in the near future."