On Saturday, YouTuber “Space Quest Historian” announced that Ken and Roberta Williams – founders of Sierra Entertainment – would be making a new game. This message first came to him under dubious circumstances: via Twitter DM, from the third developer involved in the project, Marcus Mera. He looked skeptical, but Ken Williams himself confirmed the story in response to the video, according to ScreenRant.
While the game cannot be officially announced yet – in part because it still only contains “scratch graphics” – a “Preventive FAQ” has been shared on Facebook, allegedly by a friend of Williams on his behalf.
For those hoping for a revitalized Sierra, Williams “has no idea” if this is the start of a new business. He says he’s “happily retired” and, according to the FAQ, is more excited about developing a game than building a business.
Sierra Entertainment was originally founded in 1979 as On-Line Systems (then Sierra On-Line) and is best known for the series King’s Quest and Gabriel Knight. Sierra is also known as the editor of Half-Life, the game that gave birth to Valve as we know it today. The brand continues to exist under Activision to re-release some of their older games after a series of acquisitions and mergers, but the Williams had both left the company by 1997.
Despite what some say, point-and-click adventure games are far from dead. Both newcomers to the tradition like Backbone and Lacuna this year, as well as genre favorites like Wadjet Eye Publishing for over ten years. Even so, for fans of the most traditional adventure games, it can only be thrilling to see how their original designers may come back on the market.
The goal is to release it in November (“but that’s probably not realistic”) for Mac and Windows.