On August 7, 2014 (2014-08-07) The Sierra website was re-activated. They had a new logo and a video saying “More to be revealed at Gamescom 2014.” This news excited many people. Twitter was awash with tweets. Gamescom 2014 came and it was announced that Sierra would be focusing on publishing indie titles, re-imagining beloved Sierra classics as well as helping to develop new unique IP.
The first two games that the newly re-activated Sierra will be publishing are Geometry Wars³: Dimensions and Kings Quest.
Geometry Wars³: Dimensions™ is an exciting new evolution of the iconic, fast-paced and frenetic Geometry Wars gameplay fans love, and will introduce full 3D action and competitive online multiplayer for the first time in the franchise. Geometry Wars³: Dimensions™ is planned to be the first game set to launch under the new Sierra indie label.
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Confession: I have never played any Geometry Wars or Kings Quest game, ever.
What I have played plenty of is the Impressions City building series. I would dearly love for that series to be revived. My first thought was that a Caesar V would be awesome, having played a lot of Caesar III and Caesar IV. On further deliberation I decided that a different game from that series could do with some modern love treatment. The game that I think would be great to have a second iteration of is Pharaoh. Think about it, Pharaoh 2 would be great.
Computers these days have greater processing power, multiple cores to handle different tasks. With all that power I would expect an even better simulation that what Pharaoh originally provided.
The perfect studio for this would be Tilted Mill. They were working on Medieval Mayor, which was put on hold. Could the reason that Medieval Mayor was put on hold be that Tilted Mill was approached by Sierra to develop a city building game from the old impressions games city building catalogue?
But even if Sierra did get a new indie studio to work on a city builder. There are a few promising city builders under development by indie studios, for example Clockwork Empires. I think the time is right for the next set of great city builders. There have been a few attempts but I haven’t enjoyed them as much as the original impressions city building games.
Here is to hoping. After all the Sierra webpage does say, “Many more titles coming soon!”