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Posted 11/3/13 , edited 11/3/13
Activision Blizzard's been trying to sell the Sierra Entertainment brand since the Activision/Vivendi Universal Games Merger back in 2008. Now with Activision completely out of Vivendi's reach thanks to buying themselves out for more than a billion dollars, it's now likely that Activision might finally sell the brand. Should it be sold, then it's likely that Sierra could be reborn.
Posted 11/3/13
About as likely as the rebirth of Sega.
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Posted 11/4/13 , edited 11/4/13
It would be nice to see Sierra back. I think Ken and Roberta Williams are still around and they could always grab not only just the old people, but also work with adventure game makers like Telltale, Double Fine, or even the indie / kickstarter people.

Edit: in this day and age of old being new again and kickstarters / crowd funding, it wouldn't be outside the realm of possibility imho. I can remember when people thought that Wasteland 2, a new Shadowrun RPG (out now for not only PC, but Mac and even Linux!), a Mechwarrior game or even a spiritual successor to Planescape Torment all would've been impossible. Now look at us.
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Posted 11/4/13
Arcanum 2?!?! please! someone?.... anyone?..... okay
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Posted 11/4/13 , edited 11/4/13

Elektrawnik wrote:

About as likely as the rebirth of Sega.


Sega already exists.


arc_salvo wrote:

It would be nice to see Sierra back. I think Ken and Roberta Williams are still around and they could always grab not only just the old people, but also work with adventure game makers like Telltale, Double Fine, or even the indie / kickstarter people.

Edit: in this day and age of old being new again and kickstarters / crowd funding, it wouldn't be outside the realm of possibility imho. I can remember when people thought that Wasteland 2, a new Shadowrun RPG (out now for not only PC, but Mac and even Linux!), a Mechwarrior game or even a spiritual successor to Planescape Torment all would've been impossible. Now look at us.


Ken and Roberta haven't been active in the game industry long since 1999, so I don't think a reborn Sierra could rely solely on graphic adventure (i.e. Point-and-click) games, and most of the old franchises Sierra had went over to other companies. I know that Sierra used to be a major in adventure games, but the genre declined in the mid-90s thanks to games like Doom, Warcraft and Wolfenstein 3D becoming popular. Vivendi purchasing the company was what basically saved them from going out of business. It's possible that neo-Sierra could make a deal with Double Fine (Brutal Legend, anyone?). Maybe a reborn Sierra could start out with fresh games (Homefront 2 could be a possibility since it doesn't have a publisher yet).
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Posted 11/4/13
Homeworld 3~~~~~
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Posted 11/4/13 , edited 11/4/13

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Homeworld 3~~~~~


Gearbox has the IP and is currently working on an HD edition of the first two games (unknown if they're also doing ditto with the expansion Cataclysm). Gearbox is letting development of future Homeworld games be outsourced to a company called Blackbird Interactive (which basically consists of the former staff members from Relic who had worked on the Homeworld series) since the former has no experience in developing RTS games (all of the games that come from Gearbox are FPSs), plus the fact that Randy Pitchford didn't even suggest for the acquisition of the franchise during THQ's sale-out but rather chief creative officer Brian Martel. The new title in development is called Homeworld: Shipbreakers, which originally was called Hardware: Shipbreakers until Gearbox's acquisition of the Homeworld IP from THQ. Gearbox pursued Blackbird for a new Homeworld game, and so Blackbird decided to rename their upcoming game to Homeworld: Shipbreakers. The game is being funded with revenue money generated from Borderlands 1-2, which is a lot. It's unknown who will publish them. It's possible that either Activision (under the assumption that they are the successors to Sierra Entertainment, who were the original publishers), Sega (under the assumption that they have the former developer studio Relic Entertainment), 2K Games (under the assumption that they publish the majority of Gearbox's games, such as Borderlands and Duke Nukem) or Nordic Games (under the assumption that they have most of THQ's IPs and assets) would publish them. Maybe neo-Sierra (if it ever happens should Activision Blizzard finally sell the brand) could get the publishing rights via negotiating with Gearbox.
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Posted 11/4/13
no wai. this is awesome news!

and now i'm off to google.
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Woot another Homeworld game, I'm gonna just wait for it then.
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