The lights are on
When Activision and Vivendi merged in 2007, a whole bunch of classic franchises bearing the Sierra brand name (a subsidiary of Vivendi) came under the new Activision Blizzard's ownership. These amazing games of the past have been feared lost for good since that time, but today Good Old Games (GOG.com) revealed that a number of Sierra/Activision classics will soon be available for download.
Kicking things off this week, you can head over to GOG.com and check out the old-school RPG Arcanum: Of Steamwork and Magic Obscura. If mystery is more your style, point-and-click adventure title Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father (pictured above) is also available. Both of these oldies will set you back $5.99. It's also worth noting that as part of the GOG service, these games will download patched up or with programs that will help you run them on modern PCs.
GOG.com managing director Adam Oldakowski called this news "the biggest thing that's happened at GOG.com since the actual announcement of the service." As a huge Gabriel Knight fan, I can't help but agree.
Of course, Gabriel Knight games aren't the only thing this Activision deal opens up. GOG.com promises a continual unveiling of new Activision games for download over the coming weeks. What titles would you like to see available? Personally, I'm waiting for the King's Quest games...and The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery.