Sierra may have left the adventure game market in 1999, but the current holders of its properties have been answering customer demand by making classic Sierra adventure games available to the public in various forms.
In 2006, Vivendi, the company that held the rights to the Sierra games at the time, released a series of CD collections to stores. The four franchises that received collections were King’s Quest, Space Quest, and Leisure Suit Larry. The Police Quest and Space Quest collections were the most complete of the four. The Space Quest collection included all six games, and the Police Quest Collection included all four of the original Police Quest games made before the SWAT games (which were spin-offs rather than sequels). King’s Quest and Leisure Suit Larry were both missing games. The King’s Quest Collection only included the first seven (out of eight) King’s Quest games, and the Leisure Suit Larry collection only included the first five (out of six) games. The final games for both series were left off the collections. All four of these collections did not include the original version of the first game in each series, but they did include the remade versions with enhanced graphics, sound, and interface. The Space Quest and King’s Quest Collections were later released on the PC direct download service Steam at steam-powered.com. The Leisure Suit Larry and Police Quest collections were never released on direct download services.
In 2010, the current holders of the Sierra properties, Activision-Blizzard, created after the merger of Activision and Vivendi Games, released more Sierra titles. During the GOG.com Month of Activision in February 2010, several Sierra games that have been out of print for over a decade appeared on the service. These games appeared under the Activision label, rather than the Sierra label, although they are the original, unmodified games originally released by Sierra in the 1990’s. The first game to appear on the service was Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, the first game in the Gabriel Knight series. The next release was titled Space Quest 4+5+6 and included the last three Space Quest titles. The first three titles weren’t included, but the price for all three was half of the price of all six games from Steam. Next came Phantasmagoria, the first game in the violent horror adventure game series. The middle of the month saw the release of the second Gabriel Knight game, The Beast Within. At the time of this writing, the Month of Activision is not over. King’s Quest 4+5+6 will be coming soon, which like the King’s Quest titles included only three games from the series. Also, like Space Quest, a more complete edition is still available at Steam (seven out of eight games in the case of King’s Quest) for twice the price of the three games available at GOG.com, for those who do not wish to wait for the remaining games.
GOG.com still has plans to release more Sierra titles. There is a large backlog of popular adventure games from the once prolific studio. There are titles from the already re-released series that haven’t seen the retail market since the turn of the century, including King’s Quest: The Mask of Eternity, Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail, Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh, and Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned. Apart from these, there are also other popular games such as the Quest for Glory series, the Manhunter series, Freddy Pharcas: Frontier Pharmacist, and much more. The Sierra games have been highly rated and consistently in the top seller list at GOG.com since their release, so the demand is certainly there. Digital distribution costs very little out of pocket, so hopefully the entire Sierra back-catalog from Activision-Blizzard will be available in time.