Development history of the new King's Quest: Adventures of Graham games series.
Roberta Williams and FamilyEdit
Roberta Williams, Ken Williams, and Roberta's mother got to play a beta version of KIng's Ques Chapter 1, and saw concept art and general storyline for the rest of the series (though is likely the story direction that was originally intended, rather than the one the series ended up shifting to, after removal of content due to player criticism and delays). She enjoyed what she saw.
The beta build of the chapter included most of what was in the released version, though some of the puzzles were not yet in place, but the cutscenes weren't yet in place. It's was similar to the demo version shown at E3 in 2015..The Odd Gentlemen, the developers of The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom, handled the new King's Quest development. The "reimagined" King's Quest is comparable to other chapters in the series, with a similar narrative and puzzles that need to be solved throughout.
“Then I talked to the guys at Activision and they were like, ‘No, we’re pulling it because we’re going to do it ourselves,’” Trowe revealed. He doesn’t know what the publisher’s plans are for*King’s Quest, but they don’t seem to include either Telltale or Replay. We’ve reached out to Activision for comment and will update this post accordingly when we hear back.
The framing story seems reminiscent of the the framing story for Aragorn's Quest which had Sam Gamgee telling the story of Aragorn to his young son, and other children.
The game is an 'adventure' but not a point and click game like the later games in the series. (note depending on the system KQ1-4 are partial point and click and partial parser games, while KQ5-8 are point and click).
The team received some feedback and suggestions from Roberta and the Williams (though they have nothing to do with the actual development of the game)' family.
- To Matt and Lindsey, Bill and Scott,
- I, too, wish to thank you for a lovely morning yesterday reliving – to some extent – my old life as a Sierra game designer. I admit that I was a bit skeptical at first, and also somewhat nervous because I haven’t been in the computer game industry (notice I call it computer game industry rather that the video game industry; that shows how far back I go!) in too many years to contemplate! But you guys blew me away with your ideas, your creativity and the beauty of the newest King Quest game. But best of all, I could see that you truly are the ones to take King’s Quest into the 21st century and reintroduce it to a whole new generation. You totally have it down!
- I can’t wait to see how it develops, I can’t wait to play it myself – and I truly can’t wait to see how it blows away the competition!!
- Best to you –
General Story Points removed or changedEdit
In the original direction some of the stuff they may have gotten to discuss, and see concepts for were ideas for the dragon subplot that was to go through the entire series (it forshadowed in Chapter 2 during a mirror vision, and last shows up in Chapter 3, but is never brought up again), leaving one of the game's biggest plot holes.
They may have been shown more of the interactions between Gwen and Gart that were planned, which would have lead to alternate endings for later chapters. But was a feature that was also largely cut after Chapter 3.
They may also have been privy to more of hte information of how virtue choices in the game would have affected the end game, including more diversified alternate ending in Chapter 5 based on then treasure received in Chapter 4 from the towns people.
They may also have been able to discuss the use of other characters possibly Connor to the series.
However the final game became far more linear than was originally planned for the story.
QTE Sequences like in Chapter 1Edit
Chapter 1 had elaborate action set pieces with Quick-time Events choices to be made similar to Dragon's Lair. Due to complaints with chapter 1, many of these sequences were cut, or made to have more direct input in later chapters, or made short and simple.<ref>http://www.adventuregamers.com/articles/view/30267</ref>
Changes caused by 'fan input' affected chapter 2 and all later chapters.
In chapter 2 this included the loss of the second half the chapter related to Acorn, Whisper, and Mordon has the hallmarks of QuickTime chase scenes in which those characters told you were to go, and if you somehow didn't follow them fast enough would lead to deaths and dead ends (similar to the factory cart puzzle in Willy Beamish). Quicksand, drowning, walls collapsing, etc. Perhaps it was the mounted goblins see below that would have also featured in those sections (see the large number of 'rats' related deaths, and Whisper's comment about rats as well).
So rather than being cut due to any issues with time or money, but by extreme fan criticism, there was not enough time to replace them with something more 'traditional' or with real direct input, and putting the time in to change it would have cost more money, it was easier to just cut the sequences completely (and scale back some of the material, and puzzles leading up to sections, in the earlier prison areas), and change the stories in future chapters (which were not yet in development) to fit with the change.
"Open World" gameplay in every chapter Edit
"We are playing with some of those [open world].... You get to visit the same map over the years with new areas unlocked. But mostly we are keeping the open world feel by introducing a whole new map each chapter."-Matt Korba
In the final game Chapter 3 and Chapster 4 became very linear and restricted, while new locations were introduced, it was still largely 'linear'. Similar to the linear gameplay of latter half of King's Quest 2 (the blue islands past the magic door to the tower), King's Quest 3 (beach to the mountains to Daventry) and King's Quest 5 (mountains and Mordack's Island). Which had the player journeying across a few more linear screens to reach the end game.
There is some unused, or removed material.
- There appears that that the love poem towards the end of the chapter was going to be a much more of a puzzle, and require you to return to Whisper several times until you got the right one that Hagatha would accept.
- There are several backstories for Hagatha, although its unclear if these are all accessible, or removed.
- There is a number of extra details related to the prologue and Cedric, and his sister/brothers, that appear to not be accessible.
- There appears to be references to a few more stops and treasures that Hagatha asks the princesses to go hunt for.
See KQC1 development
See KQC2 development
See KQC3 development
See KQC4 development
See KQC5 development
See KQC6 development
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