Activision shuts down King's Quest fan project

Written by Joe Martin

March 2, 2010 | 12:25

Tags: #kings-quest

Companies: #activision #activision-blizzard #sierra

King's Quest fan project, The Silver Lining, which was granted a non-commercial license by original license holder Sierra, has been closed down by Activision after more than eight years of development.

The Silver Lining team had been working under the non-commercial license to create a series of episodes that would continue the story of the King's Quest game at professional quality - but for no money.

Now Activision owns Sierra and Vivendi though - and the new owners don't care for the popular fan project as much as the old license holders did, it seems. Activision issued a full cease and desist order to the team, closing the project down after eight years of work. The first of five episodes was scheduled for release in Spring this year.

"After talks and negotiations in the last few months between ourselves and Activision, they have reached the decision that they are not interested in granting a non-commercial license to The Silver Lining, and have asked that we cease production and take down all related materials on our website," reads a statement on The Silver Lining website.

"As before, we must and will comply with this decision, as much as we may wish we could do otherwise."

"We cannot say enough how much we appreciate the support we have had over these years from our fans. Without you, we would never have gotten this far. There would be no game to develop, and no one to develop it for. You have been amazing and steadfast, and we will always remember that and appreciate it more than we can say," continued the post.

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