The new site Sierra hinted at the return of the old game publisher

| August 9, 2014

Legendary game publisher Sierra Entertainment, founded in 1979 and closed in 2008, soon able to return to their activities. Activision Blizzard, which is now owned by the company’s recently updated sierra.com , hinting at the company associated with the oldest announcement within the Gamescom 2014.

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The new site does not contain anything other than 14-second teaser with the updated company logo and the words Gamescom 2014. Apparently, on the game show, which will be held from 13 to 17 August in the German city of Cologne, will be announced the rebranding of Sierra and may unfold Details of the future of the company.

Sierra was founded by husband and wife Ken and Roberta Williams (Ken, Roberta Williams) in a small California town of Oakhurst called On-Line Systems, which is then replaced by Sierra On-Line. During the first decade the company has created a lot of adventure series, earned cult status. Among them, a special popularity of King’s Quest, Space Quest, The Leisure Suit Larry and Gabriel Knight. In 1991, the headquarters was moved to Sierra Bellevue.

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In 1996, the company acquired a conglomerate of CUC International for about $ 1.5 billion, resulting in Ken Williams resigned as CEO. A year later, both founder finally left the Sierra, and the new owner of the restructured company, dividing it into six divisions. In 1998, Sierra On-Line made by the publisher of the original Half-Life.

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In the late 90’s due to the burst around engulfed CUC company Cendant financial scandal last sold its software business in Paris Havas SA has become a part of this company and Sierra, which had to close several of its units and to reduce staff in the remaining. As a consequence, another reorganization in 1999, releasing strategy Homeworld and Pharaoh, ceased to exist as a game developer and focused on publishing.

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A year later, Sierra On-Line as part of Havas SA was taken over by Vivendi and was renamed Sierra Entertainment. In 2005, she swallowed Massive Entertainment, High Moon Studios, Radical Entertainment and several other studios, and with them it went right to the cult series platformer Crash Bandicoot, and Spyro the Dragon, and Scarface. In 2006, Sierra made by the publisher Strategy Caesar IV, and the next year – World in Conflict and Timeshift.

After the merger, Vivendi Games and Activision first company was abolished, and the whole Sierra passed into the hands of the newly formed holding company Activision Blizzard. During the past six years trying to sell publishing Sierra, but now, apparently, decided to leave her his subsidiary. It is hoped that if Sierra still come back to the industry, its activities are not limited to reissue classics for mobile platforms, is now engaged in more than one major company 80 – Atari .

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