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King's Quest Fan Project is Alive Again, for FREE

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The return of the king.

Back in March, we were sad to learn that a fan-based non-profit King's Quest project had been extinguished by Activision, the new owners of the IP.

After a public outcry, Activision decided to revisit its original decision, and now we'll soon be granted a new King's Quest. The Silver Lining development team wrote in its blog:

In a wonderful turn of events, Activision reached out to the Phoenix Online team a few months ago with a desire to revisit their decision regarding The Silver Lining. After negotiations, the C&D has been officially rescinded, and Phoenix Online has been granted a non-commercial license to release The Silver Lining!

This means that fans will be able to download the next (fan fiction) chapter of King's Quest for FREE on July 10 – and that's just the first episode!

Check out some of the screenshots, artwork and trailer below.

King's Quest Fan Project is Alive Again

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    Anonymous , June 30, 2010 11:08 AM
    Now they need to do this to Square-Enix and get that Chrono Trigger remake up and running again. Or just hire the people, and pay them to make it, I'd pay for 3D Chrono Trigger. Jeeze. Chrono Resurection http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZVQ5O3R4lU
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    Anonymous , June 30, 2010 11:08 AM
    Now they need to do this to Square-Enix and get that Chrono Trigger remake up and running again. Or just hire the people, and pay them to make it, I'd pay for 3D Chrono Trigger. Jeeze. Chrono Resurection http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZVQ5O3R4lU
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    rodney_ws , June 30, 2010 11:31 AM
    I have very found memories of Kings Quest I (the remake), IV, V and VI. Dem bones!
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    kelemvor4 , June 30, 2010 1:14 PM
    Hooray! The original Kings Quest was one of the best games I've *ever* played.
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    dwave , June 30, 2010 1:34 PM
    Sweet, good job Activision, glad to hear you aren't just a bunch of jerks.
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    Regulas , June 30, 2010 2:18 PM
    dwaveSweet, good job Activision, glad to hear you aren't just a bunch of jerks.

    But they were jerks, only public outcry convinced them to do a 180. The 180 was done to save face, not because Activision has good guys in charge who care about your gaming. That is unless they can profit from it.
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    Spanky Deluxe , June 30, 2010 2:20 PM
    If Activision have any sense then they'll follow LucasArts' lead and remake the King's Quest series (maybe Robin Hood too) with updated graphics.
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    maestintaolius , June 30, 2010 2:56 PM
    Is the remake true to the original where you died every other step if you didn't know what you were doing or are they softening it up for today's gamer? Personally, I'm a fan of the old-school, 'Nintendo Hard' style of game.
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    sublifer , June 30, 2010 3:18 PM
    I always had a tough time figuring out what I was supposed to do in those games. I can only remember one (the one that caused me grief) and I don't recall which one it was... Oh well.
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    gm0n3y , June 30, 2010 3:55 PM
    ChronoRemakeNowPleaseNow they need to do this to Square-Enix and get that Chrono Trigger remake up and running again. Or just hire the people, and pay them to make it, I'd pay for 3D Chrono Trigger. Jeeze. Chrono Resurection http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZVQ5O3R4lU

    Damn you, now I have to go and play Chrono trigger again. I still own an SNES specifically for that game. I also have an emulator so I can play on my laptop.
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    Madhatter4 , June 30, 2010 5:27 PM
    Wow that actually looks pretty good for a free game
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    Niva , June 30, 2010 5:28 PM
    Yeah, Chrono trigger was awesome but I still keep my SNES because of my Super Mario Kart addiction. Now THAT game is fun!
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    antilycus , June 30, 2010 6:21 PM
    Too bad I gave up on PC gaming because Kings Quest/Quest for Glory, Police Quest, Space Quest, World of Xeen, 7th Guest, Gabriel Knight, etc etc etc were some of my most favorite games ever played. But that was back in teh days when people actually paid for PC games and didn't think they deserve them for free (roll eyes). It's only a matter of time before PC games are extinct.
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    Puns , June 30, 2010 6:24 PM
    I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.
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    wiinippongamer , June 30, 2010 6:34 PM
    look like crap to me, even if it's free
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    Anonymous , June 30, 2010 7:16 PM
    A new Heroes Quest or Space Quest anywhere? They were the best...
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    joe gamer , June 30, 2010 7:28 PM
    wiinippongamerlook like crap to me, even if it's free


    What? it's FREE, you can't complain about something that's free, I mean you don't have to play it but disparaging it for the graphics is crazy. It's FREE!
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    False_Dmitry_II , June 30, 2010 8:00 PM
    Or they could buy the crap out of them and charge for it themselves... I didn't get that when they stopped it to begin with.
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    sliem , June 30, 2010 9:53 PM
    Can't complain about something that's free? Oh really, do you want a free knuckle sandwich? yea, free dog poop?

    Anyway, the game looks fine.
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    kikireeki , June 30, 2010 10:57 PM
    KQ series was the founder of the adventure genre and a hallmark in PC gaming, so I think it will be very difficult for this one to follow its trail.
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    Azriel4444 , July 1, 2010 8:10 AM
    LOL what about Space Quest? Seriously though, it would be easier and more logical to do the Quest For Glory games. At least there was a stat system and real combat.
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