While there are few gamers born in the mid-90s and beyond who remember them, Sierra Entertainment used to be a big name in the video game development and publishing business. They put out a wide variety of PC-only titles, most notably the King's Quest series, which not only defined many a childhood but also inspired future genres to come.
In the 2000s, however, the Sierra name was put to rest as part of the merging of Activision/Blizzard merger. Sierra still lived on in spirit, but those mountaintop peaks were never to be seen again. Until now.
Late Thursday night, a mysterious site appeared that featured a revamped version of the iconic Sierra logo in video form. The site also featured the Activision logo and the tag "Gamescom 2014," which quickly sent fans into a frenzy.
Obviously, we don't know much but it's safe to say that Activision has something Sierra-related planed for this year's European event. Whether that's a resurrection of the Sierra brand or one of the company's trademark titles isn't entirely clear. But to put this much effort into a teaser site suggests Activision isn't going for a low-key announcement.
However, with the knowledge that Sierra is coming back, our minds are racing trying to think of what titles might also make a return. Any of the Quest games sound like easy bets from an older gamers' perspective, but there's no telling how much demand there is for any of those old series. We know that Telltale Games was hoping to bring back King's Quest, but that project seems to have fallen away.
In fact, we honestly have no idea which franchises Sierra or Activision still own, as many of their more popular titles, like Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot, were part of publishing deals. There are simply too many possibilities and not enough to go on with this teaser site.
So far, this year's Gamescom is shaping up to be quite the event. Of just the major announcements, we know that BioWare is slated to officially unveil their new IP at a special fan event, 343 Industries plans to talk more about Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and now Activision is teasing the resurrection of Sierra.
With Gamescom serving as the last major gaming convention of 2014, it's now or never for many of the big fall releases. And needless to say, gamers will want to stay glued to Game Rant starting on August 12th.
Would you like to see Sierra return to video game development? Which of their properties would you like to see Activision resurrect?