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Founded in 2001 by Britney K. Brimhall and Christopher T. Warren as Tierra Entertainment, the group is best known for their remakes of the popular King's Quest games. AGD Interactive uses Adventure Game Studio to create their games.
On December 10, 2003, they stopped using the name Tierra Entertainment and started referring to themselves as AGD Interactive (AGD stands for Anonymous Game Developer). Subsequently, in their games, the two lead designers (the two founders of AGD Interactive, that is) are credited as "Anonymous Game Designer #1" (Britney K. Brimhall) and "Anonymous Game Developer #2" (Christopher T. Warren). Of course, this doesn't imply actual anonymity, because their résumé, complete with all details, could be found in Himalaya Studios' "Team Profiles" page — which they had written themselves.
King's Quest I Remake
AGDI's first release was a critically acclaimed point-and-click remake of King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown, released for download free of charge on August 8, 2001. This remake is known as King's Quest I VGA. In the month of its initial release, sales of Sierra's official King's Quest VIII: The Mask of Eternity skyrocketed. On January 17, 2009, AGDI released version 4.0 of the game, which, among other improvements, included enhanced backgrounds, the addition of narration vocals, and a new optional feature that can remove the walking dead situations which previously could have caused the game to become impossible to complete.
King's Quest II: Romancing the Stones
One year after the initial release of their King's Quest I remake, on December 3, 2002, AGDI followed up with the release of their second free remake, a complete overhaul of King's Quest II. This remake is known as King's Quest II+: Romancing the Stones. King's Quest II+ won the 2002 AGS Awards for Best Game, Best Story, Best Animation, Best Music, Best Scripting, Best Documentation. Both games have been greeted by Sierra fans with enthusiasm, and consider these remakes almost equal to Sierra's later King's Quest VI. On March 14, 2009, AGDI released version 3.0, which features enhanced backgrounds, narrator vocals, character lip-syncing, detailed character portraits, and many other additions that increase the game's overall level of quality.
Quest for Glory II Remake
AGDI's most recent project is a much-anticipated point-and-click VGA remake of the popular Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire. Started in late-2000, this remake is known as Quest for Glory II VGA, and was released on the August 24, 2008, after missed 2004 and mid-2005 release dates.
The King's Quest remake was being developed simultaneously with a parody of the same game entitled Royal Quest: Retrieving Lost Shit. The game was canceled, due to the team wanting to retain the family-friendly image presented by Sierra On-Line, the company that created the original King's Quest games.
Space Quest II
Up until early 2002, the AGDI development team was working on a VGA remake of Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge. However, due to the lead programmer's sudden disappearance, the development team realized that they wouldn't have the resources required to dedicate to both the Space Quest II remake and the King's Quest II remake. As a result the Space Quest II remake was put on indefinite hold. A small 3-room demo was released to show the progress that had been done on the Space Quest II remake up to the point when it was canceled. Infamous Adventures, another development team that remakes classic Sierra games, has started work on a Space Quest II remake, currently in alpha.
- ↑ AGDinteractive.com
- ↑ List of Games created with Adventure Game Studio
- ↑ AGD Interactive
- ↑ History of Himalaya Studios
- ↑ Himalaya Studios Team Profiles
- ↑ AGD Interactive
- ↑ JA: The State of Adventure Gaming
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Adventure Gamers Review of King's Quest II+ VGA
- ↑ AGD Interactive
- ↑ AGDInteractive Studios
- ↑ What Is Quest For Glory II?
- ↑ Article on Royal Quest
- ↑ Designer Journals 11/04/01, including reasons for canceling Royal Quest
- Official AGD Interactive site
- Himalaya Studios Website
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