So Sad: Sierra's Last Game is The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
- T.S. Eliot “The Hollow Men”
Wow, never thought I’d actually be able to quote T.S. Eliot on this site and have it make sense (now to work on inserting “The Wasteland” somehow).
Would you like to hear a sad tale? It begins almost 30 years ago when a small video game developer named “Sierra Entertainment” was founded by a husband and wife team working out of their own home. A decade later, the company had been picked up by investors and created the groundbreaking King’s Quest, Space Quest, and Police Quest series, cementing them as leaders in the adventure game genre. By the end of the 90′s the company had grown into a full-fledged publisher of instant classics like Homeworld and Half-Life and its expansions.
Oh, but here is where our story takes a turn. For you see, Sierra fell into some hard times near the end of the decade, which were only compounded by a scandal involving some fraudulent business statements. And so the company was sold off to Vivendi, and eventually became merely a brand name instead of a video game developer. As you may know, Vivendi recently merged with Activision to form “Activision Blizzard,” and the Sierra name has all but been eradicated since.
But there’s still one depressing footnote to this tale. You see, somehow one final game slipped into manufacturing right as the merger was happening; one last game to bear the “Sierra” label. And what was that game? The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. So essentially, Sierra, one of the more revered and respected video game companies in the history of video games, just released their last title…and it was a crappy tie-in to a crappy movie.
Sad. So incredibly sad.