King’s Quest fan sequel, The Silver Lining, revived as five-part episodic series
After eight years of legal wrangling with both Vivendi and Activision, Phoenix Online Studios is now finally set to release its King’s Quest fan sequel, The Silver Lining, to a community of eager fans.
Back in issue 96 of games™ we detailed the long and dramatic saga of the development of King’s Quest IX: Every Cloak Has A Silver Lining. A fan sequel to Sierra’s classic King’s Quest series, the game attracted widespread attention in the fan community for its excellent looking production values and script. After some legal wrangling with the copyright holders, Vivendi, in 2005, the game was re-branded as The Silver Lining, downplaying any explicit connection the King’s Quest series but was nevertheless granted a license for release. Then disaster struck. When Vivendi merged with Activision in 2007, the Silver Lining developers had to re-enter negations all over again and were eventually hit with an Activision filed cease and desist order in February of this year. Eight years’ worth of work on a near-complete and hotly anticipated fan sequel seemed lost forever.
This weekend however, we received a press released from Phoenix Online Studios, happily informing us that an agreement with Activision had finally been reached and that The Silver Lining will now see a full release as an online episodic series. The first episode, entitled The Silver Lining: What Is Decreed Must Be, will be released 10 July and will be completely free to download. games™, meanwhile, can exclusively reveal that there will be five episodes in total, presumably taking the series all the way up to November if Phoenix Online sticks to a traditional monthly schedule.
In a message to the fans on tsl-game.com, Phoenix Online Studios said, “Our team is ecstatic about this, and as hard as we’ve worked for 8 years, it’s the tireless belief and support of you, our fans, that has made this possible”, reflecting just how much the dramatic struggle to being The Silver Lining to our screens has captured the imagination of adventure gamers around the world. Activison itself is yet to comment on the release but the fact that it has recognised the worth of a game like The Silver Lining, as well as the demand of King’s Quest fans, demonstrates that even the biggest publishers are capable of supporting “the little guy” from time to time.
The Silver Lining: What Is Decreed Must Be will be released 10 July at www.tsl-game.com and will be reviewed in a future issue of games™. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the official trailer below.