Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Anniversary Edition release date and pre-order!

Mark your calendars! Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition will be released on October 15!

Pre-order the game at GOG.com and get the exclusive soundtrack and a 15% discount!

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Sierra Soundtrack Collection is inserted in the Chest

The Sierra Soundtrack Collection, features 20 songs by composer Mark Seibert. Co-produced by Jeff Hall in his studio, the CD contains songs from King's Quest V, Codename Iceman, Police Quest 2, Conquests of Camelot, Quest for Glory I, Conquests of the Longbow and the Theme of King's Quest VI "Girl In The Tower", which was also released as a single CD. Mark describes how each song came to be in the CD booklet. Released in 1992, the CD is hard to find these days and considered a collector's item.

Mark Seibert introduced the CD as follows: "When starting this project it was hard to pick from a couple hundred or so pieces of music that I've written over the last few years for Sierra On-Line computer games. I thought of all the people who have written to me about their favorite songs or spots in games, songs that people here who worked on the games enjoyed, and songs that were special to me. After realizing that all that wouldn't fit on one CD I cut it down to the songs included in this project. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it."

See the page here.

Oakhurst wildfire destroys Sierra's Old Barn

(source: fresnobee.com)

"A fast-moving brush fire in Oakhurst Monday sparked a massive evacuation of residents and tourists from the foothill community as fire crews from throughout the region tried to keep the flames from spreading. Named the Junction fire, the blaze quickly blackened about 1,200 acres in the north end of town and beyond. The fire briefly threatened a pair of massive propane tanks at Suburban Propane along Highway 41 when the company's building was ignited by a spot fire. Fire crews ordered most people to move back a quarter-mile from the business, and firefighters were ready to abandon the fight if flames got too close to the tanks themselves. In the end, the tanks were spared. Other structures were not so lucky. As of 9 p.m., eight structures were destroyed, and at least 500 more were threatened. Gov. Jerry Brown's office announced late Monday that a federal emergency grant will help defray 75% of the firefighting costs. Two firefighters were injured, and one was taken to a hospital for evaluation, fire officials said.

The fire prompted officials to close Highway 41 and evacuate hotels and other businesses along the route. More than 13,000 homes and businesses were given evacuation orders, according to the Madera County Sheriff's Office."

We learned from Sierra alumn Richard Powell that one of the structures that has been destroyed by the fire was Sierra On-Line's Old Barn, the building where The Sierra Network (TSN), later renamed Imagination Network (INN), was located - the cradle of online gaming. This was later also confirmed by Sierra alumn Bill Shockley, who still resides in Oakhurst and was ordered to evacuate his house along with other residents. Bill later however posted an update, stating that:

"Just to be clear, the fire missed most of the town. Looked like the fire was headed straight for our house, but then the wind picked up and sent it along the look lower ridge, just above town where it jumped Hwy 41 and took out Suburban propane and the Old Barn. No confirmation on any other structures, just rumors at this point. The city of Oakhurst is not on fire."

Warren Schwader, the first programmer of Sierra On-Line and designer of the first Hoyle games commented: "Very sad. The Old Barn is gone. Worked 5 years in there. It was one of the most unique buildings around. I have no idea if my home is safe. It is about a mile and a half away from this building." Sheryl Hodgins who also worked at TSN commented: "I'm still in disbelief this morning as I'm sure all who were connected there are... much sadness as there were so many memories in that building that housed the TSN/INN part of the Sierra family. I hope for everyone's safety."
Sierra's Old Barn

Sierra returns!

(source: Activision)

After reactivating sierra.com and teasing the fans with a new Sierra logo introduction, Activision has today officially announced the return of Sierra on its website!

"With a renowned history that's served as the origin for many nostalgic video game characters, worlds and experiences, Sierra continues on today in a return to form that fans of great games will love. A part of Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI), Sierra's focus is on indie studios developing innovative, edgy and graphically unique games, including new IPs and contemporary reimaginings of beloved Sierra classics. Headlining Sierra's slate of indie games is an all-new King's Quest experience in 2015, and a new Geometry Wars game planned to launch this holiday season. Additionally, the Sierra team is well underway exploring other indie projects to potentially launch later this year, and in 2015 and beyond."

The statement further explains that the new King's Quest will be developed by the studio The Odd Gentlemen. Little has been revealed about the plot so far and it is unclear whether it will be a remake or a whole new chapter in the series, although the short description does reveal a new character: "King Graham -- revered as the greatest adventurer to ever live -- shares his life's adventures with his curious granddaughter, Gwendolyn. It is through these tales that Gwendolyn discovers the true greatness of her grandfather."

They also reached out to Sierra founder and former CEO Ken Williams who stated that "We're very proud of what we created all those years ago with Sierra Online, and today's news about carrying Sierra forward as an indie-specific brand is very encouraging. We look forward to seeing Sierra's independent spirit live on, and are especially excited to see what The Odd Gentlemen will do with King's Quest."

On Geometry Wars, the statement says: "The first title set to launch under Sierra is Geometry Wars3: Dimensions from the team at Lucid Games. Geometry Wars3: Dimensions is an exciting new evolution of the fast-paced, frenetic Geometry Wars gameplay fans love, and will introduce full 3D action and both cooperative and competitive multiplayer for the first time in the franchise. In addition to a full single-player campaign with 50 unique challenges and over 10 battle modes - five of which are brand new to the series - Geometry Wars3: Dimensions features dynamic and persistent progression, offering players a consistently new experience each time they play. Geometry Wars3: Dimensions is planned to launch later this year.

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