King's Quest: A Knight To Remember will launch next month

King's Quest

The original King's Quest came out in 1983, which isn't particularly relevant to today's announcement of a launch date for the new King's Quest except as a reminder that if you played it, then you, like me, are old.

Don't feel too bad about that. So is King Graham of Daventry, after all, although the actual adventuring bit in the new game will focus on Graham as a young man, in adventures recalled by the aging King as he passes some time with his granddaughter Gwendolyn. Those adventures—all new, by the way, rather than rehashes of past games like Romancing the Throne or Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder!—will unfold over five chapters plus a "bonus playable epilogue," beginning with A Knight to Remember on July 28.

Activision said last year that the new King's Quest is "not a point-and-click game," but when Wes took a short test-drive in March, he found it to be mainly in that vein. "It looks and moves like [Telltale's] The Walking Dead, but plays much like a point-and-click adventure," he wrote. "The game’s recent trailer, showing Graham traipsing around the 3D environments, made King’s Quest look like a platformer. That’s the skin. The bones are pure classic adventure."

King's Quest: A Knight To Remember will be available for $10, or you can go for the whole thing up front for $40. The promised preorder link on Steam doesn't seem to actually be live yet, but I'd expect some action on that front very soon.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.