PC Gamer’s have a rather large love affair with Sierra, as they’re responsible for a huge variety of classic PC titles including publishing Half-Life and Homeworld, and developing classics such as King’s Quest. It’s fair to say that the brand has been missed – but it’s possible it’ll be bought back.
If you decide to head on over to the teaser site of Sierra.com (or don’t bother and just view the below video) you’ll be shown a super vague video of a person walking through the snow, and then Sierra’s logo pops up. The whole thing is over in 14 seconds, but it certainly helps raise a few questions.
Sierra has effectively been gone (as in dead) since 2008, when Activision and Vivendi merged. Like stars and planets discarded by the larger whole of two galaxies when they merge, Sierra was a similar victim.
However, while we’re using two galaxies as examples, imagine the Vivendi galaxy had a super massive blackhole in the center that wanted to gobble up everything in the Activision gal… okay I’ll stop with analogies now. But effectively Activision managed to buy its way to freedom by coughing up an eye watering sum of money (think billions of dollars),
There is more to be revealed Gamescom 2014 (at least that’s according to the trailer) so all we can do is wait and see.
Back in the 90’s point and click and Sierra went hand in hand with each other, and as I mentioned in the opening few lines of this very article, they also helped publish some of the most influential games in (PC) gaming.
While it’s fair to say for gamer’s who like their point and click games you might not want to get your hopes too high, the revival of the brand can (in theory) only be a good thing. Hopefully we don’t see a horrible butchering of the brand and it’s Sierra in name only.
Until then, check out the below trailer and gasp at the 14 seconds of Sierra teasing goodness!