Fan-made King's Quest game available tomorrow – for free!

Stories like this don't usually have a happy ending. No matter how long gamers have waited and prayed for a new entry to their favorite franchise, the power of a publisher's cease-and-desist letter almost always wins out over the love and devotion of an unpaid, self-sacrificing fan. These are just a few sad examples.

Tomorrow's release of The Silver Lining, then, should be a cause for celebration. For once, we won. Tired of waiting for an official King's Quest IX, and displeased with the genre-betraying direction of the previous entry, fans formed their own development studio (Phoenix Online) and started work on their own unofficial sequel. That was way back in 2000.

What happened during the decade in between? And how the hell did Phoenix Online finally get permission to release from the so-called Evil Empire of gaming, Activision? Our sister site, PC, has the entire fascinating, feel-good saga. If you like rooting for the underdog, you should definitely check it out.

Otherwise, all you need to know is that Episode 1 of The Silver Lining - "What is Decreed Must Be" – releases tomorrow, July 10… for FREE. Episodes 2-5 are supposedly 90% done and should follow shortly thereafter. Here's the Silver Lining website for downloading and here are some screens to show you what's in store.

Jul 9, 2010




  • Spybreak8 - July 12, 2010 7:28 a.m.

    This brings me back. Will have to check it out.
  • grizzly311 - July 10, 2010 1:18 p.m.

    love kings quest. love free games. will try this out for sure.
  • jpalz - July 9, 2010 10:41 p.m.

    I'll sure check it out. Thanks for reminding us Charlie! :D
  • Cleanser247 - July 9, 2010 9:59 p.m.

    This looks really damn cool. I'l be loking into this for sure!
  • db1331 - July 9, 2010 8:04 p.m.

    @Sevej I thought QFG V was a step down from IV. It was still a fun game though, and it was great that almost every character from the series stopped in to say goodbye. I would love to see them make some updated remakes of the originals, like they are doing with Monkey Island right now. @DrunkSinceNoon Have you played the QFG II VGA remake yet? I downloaded it but haven't finished it yet.
  • DrunkSinceNoon - July 9, 2010 7:50 p.m.

    This is fantastic news. @db1331, the Quest for Glory series was amazing. Viva la VGA!
  • Redeater - July 9, 2010 7:50 p.m.

    Bless you Mr. Bearhat. This is great news indeed. How is it that out of all my beloved space, kings and police quest games that I played as a child......only Leisure Suit Larry survived????
  • Sevej - July 9, 2010 7:49 p.m.

    Wow. Just wow. But if I remember correctly, those screenshots mean King Graham is visiting places visited by Prince Alexander in KQVI. @db1331: I'm a huge fan of Quest for Glory. I think QG ended somewhat sweetly. Don't mind a reboot though.
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 9, 2010 7:21 p.m.

    I'm frankly amazed that it's happening. As everyone suspected, Activision sent a cease-n-desist, and then allowed it. Apart from that, I was expecting this fan game to stretch on for years, like others do. Congrats to the dudes who made it. I've never played a KQ, but 'free' is enticing.
  • db1331 - July 9, 2010 7:15 p.m.

    I will give this a go for sure. I grew up on Sierra games. I'm still hoping for a Quest for Glory reboot.
  • JohnnyMaverik - July 9, 2010 7:14 p.m.

    Looking pretty nice. I am excite...

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