Activision Teases the Return of Sierra at Gamescom
Activision is showing off the return of one of the best known company names in classic PC gaming: Sierra.
If you played any PC games in the 90s, you know the name Sierra. Originally founded in 1979 by Ken and Roberta Williams, Sierra led the transition to using graphics in text-based adventure games. In the late 90s, Sierra mostly stopped developing games and became a publisher. After passing through a number of hands, Sierra was shut down by Activision in 2008.
Apparently, that was not the end for Sierra, as Activision has released the teaser trailer above, along with the simple statement, “More to be revealed at Gamescom 2014.” Obviously, there’s only speculation as to what Activision will use the revived Sierra mark for, but we can hope that it will be the home of some PC games that Roberta Williams could be proud of.
If you don’t remember Sierra, here’s a small sample of some of the games they had a hand in over the years:
- King’s Quest series
- Ultima II: The Revenge of the Enchantress
- The Dark Crystal
- Space Quest series
- Police Quest series
- Leisure Suit Larry series
- Gabriel Knight series
- Diablo: Hellfire (the only expansion for Diablo)
- Starsiege: Tribes
- Half-Life and expansions (as publisher)
- Homeworld 2
- Evil Genius
- No One Lives Forever
- SWAT series
That’s just a small percentage of Sierra’s total output, but it’s enough to show that it was a huge part of gaming for many years. We’ll have to wait for Gamescom to see what Activision plans for the revived brand, but until then, it’s OK to hope for a revival of No One Lives Forever, right?