Vivendi Allows Fans To Create King’s Quest Sequel

Video Game Law Blog

December 09, 2005

Vivendi Universal Games, the holder of the rights to the King's Quest games (which were created by Sierra in the 1980s), has allegedly granted a 'fan license"? to Phoenix Online Studios to create "The Silver Lining," which was previously entitled "King's Quest IX Every Cloak has a Silver Lining."  Details of the license are not available, but Vivendi has apparently responded to fan requests to grant the license after Vivendi ordered Phoenix to stop development on the title a few months ago. This appears to be a winning move for Vivendi the fan project could breathe new life into the stagnant King's Quest world, fans of the games get a new title to enjoy, the brand "King's Quest" doesn't get watered down (at least, not by the title of the game), and Vivendi has undoubtedly earned some new fans by this generous move. Who said the adventure genre is dead?

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