Ken & Roberta Williams Are Making a New Game

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Ken & Roberta Williams Are Making a New Game

May 28, 2021

By: Patrick Perrault

 
 

YouTuber Space Quest Historian has announced that Ken & Roberta Williams, "the retired founders of Sierra On-Line, have been secretly working on a new game for the past 6 months." The two are legends in the gaming industry, but have been inactive for over twenty years after their company, Sierra Entertainment (also known as Sierra On-Line, Inc.), was shut down in 2002, although they had left several years prior after an acquisition.

The Williams' and their company were known for classic series such as King's Quest, Space Quest, Police Quest, Gabriel Knight, Leisure Suit Larry, and Quest for Glory. They created the graphic adventure genre and are beloved by many and left a huge impact on gaming as we know it, so even for someone like me who wasn't around in their heyday this is exciting news.

Basically, Space Quest Historian was hooked up with Ken Williams to break the news, and he had a lot to share. For instance, they'll be starting to look for beta testers in July or August, which is interesting considering the game has only been in development for the past six months. He's also thinking that the game will come out before the end of the year, but that might also be the case of Ken Williams being too optimistic.  

They'll talk more about the game in a month or two, but right now Ken Williams doesn't want to talk too much about it, as he thinks that "someone will talk me into screenshots, a playable demo .. and .. we're just not ready for that yet." 

 
 

What he did share is that the game is single-player and that he believes in a crawl walk run strategy, so their first game is them dipping their toes back in the water, as it's described as "something fairly simple to start with". It's also described as "totally Sierra flavor", which I'm sure any Sierra fan from back in the day will be over the moon to hear. Ken Williams is programming the game and is the boss while Roberta Williams gives art direction and inspiration. They are working with at least one additional person on the project as well.

For more news on this developing story, stay tuned to TechRaptor.

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