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News video games 21 January 2022, 11:52

author: Adrian Werner

Hexen, Guitar Hero, King's Quest - Xbox Boss Wants to Resurrect Old Activision IPs

Phil Spencer gave an interview in which he revealed that Microsoft intends to resurrect Activision's old IPs. Among the candidates to return to the market are the Hexen, Guitar Hero and King's Quest series.

  1. Hexen;
  2. Guitar Hero;
  3. King's Quest.

The most important event of the month in the gaming industry was the announcement of Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The deal is still a long way from being finalized, but the imagination of gamers is already buzzing with speculation about what the new owner will do with the rich library of Activision Blizzard's IPs. The head of the Xbox division, Phil Spencer, gave an interview which shows that there are plans to resurrect many of the old series.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Spencer expressed excitement about the brands that will soon be owned by Microsoft. He mentioned series such as Hexen, King's Quest and Guitar Hero, which gives hope for new installments.

Want to know what brands Microsoft will gain as a result of the acquisition? We recommend our article:

  1. We Created Ultimate List of Activision Blizzard Brands to be Acquired by Microsoft

Especially Hexen sounds promising, because Raven Software, the team responsible for the series (as well as Heretic), is now owned by Activision Blizzard and thus will become Microsoft property once the deal is finalized.

It is one of the oldest PC gamedev studios that remains active, but for many years it has only supported the development of Call of Duty. The last game developed independently by this developer was Singularity from 2010. Many fans joke about the whole situation:.

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Fans are hoping that Raven Software will spread its wings again under the new owner. Source: Twitter.

In the case of King's Quest and Guitar Hero it will not be so easy. The studio responsible for the former, Sierra, has long since been dissolved, and the mother of the brand, Roberta Williams, has been retired for over two decades. In contrast, the creators of the latter brand, Harmonix, were bought out by Epic Games last year. Microsoft, however, would likely have no trouble finding new teams capable of resurrecting both series.

Of course, these are just three brands and it certainly won't end there. The fact that Phil Spencer mentioned them, makes them seem like good candidates to return to the gaming market.

  1. Microsoft - official website
  2. Activision Blizzard - official website

Officially, Hexen is dead, but fans have been successfully expanding it for several decades

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Hexen HD is the perfect project to start your adventure with the series.

It's been over two decades since we got a new installment of Hexen. However, fans of the brand can not complain about the lack of things to do, as the series has been blessed with a very active modding community. If you want to get acquainted with its achievements, we recommend four projects to start:

  1. Hexen HD acts as an unofficial remaster. It improves graphics, changes textures, introduces dynamic lighting and HDR, upgrades controls, fixes bugs and ensures compatibility with modern operating systems. This is the perfect mod to start your adventure with this brand.
  2. Legend: Farewell Edition is something between a remaster and an expansion. On the one hand, it improves virtually every element of the game - we get nicer graphics, modern controls, additional options, weapons, spells and monsters. On the other hand, it adds new adventures to the campaign, extending it twice.
  3. Serpent: Resurrection is a mod introducing a new story campaign, providing several dozen hours and enriching the gameplay with light RPG elements.
  4. Scattered Evil effectively remakes the game into an action RPG, based on the principles of tabletop Dungeons & Dragons. It also offers an extensive campaign, and most of its elements are new.
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