To Whom It SHOULD Concern:
My name is Raymond Jacobs,
I am the owner of a small independent game development, and a fan of the Kings Quest series.
I had been following the development of KQIX for about a year, greatly anticipating it's release this winter.
If it had been VU publishing this game I would have paid for it, top dollar too, I own every KQ game ever made and love them all. I was already very upset that Sierra had been gobbled up into a large entity and of course the adventure genre has all but died out.
However when I realized that your company, which legally owns the KQ Intellectual Properties; and seems to be doing little with it, save for re-releasing some re-fried versions of the classics. Lays down a big Cease and Desist on Phoenix Freeware Online, because they were a bunch of indie-developers trying to make a FREE continuation of the kings quest series, to please the FANS of the IP you own.
Not to try and undermine you or the KQ IP, but because a continuation does not exist, just because the IP has been sold does not mean it is the end of the KQ story.
I understand you need to 'protect' your IP and Trademarks, the same as any other, but it is apparent that there are people who still want Kings Quest, and go to great lengths to get it. (Developing a game in your spare time, is a great length, trust me, I know.)
So here is my pledge to you as a consumer:
Either let KQIX be released, or release another KQ game of your own accord.
Or, you can consider me a lost customer, and I will strive to turn any I may meet through telling of this tale of misused power.
Will this hurt your bottom line? Likely not.
But it seems money is the only thing you'll listen to. So, I am protesting with my money.