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King's Quest project on track

Thanks to good old Vivendi.

Good news for those who remember the ancient King's Quest series with fondness - Vivendi has decided not to rain on anyone's parade after all, giving the go ahead to fans developing a new instalment.

When Phoenix Online Studios announced plans to release King's Quest IX: Every Cloak Has A Silver Lining for free at the end of this year, Vivendi's lawyers got narky, issuing a cease and desist order to stop the project in its tracks since Vivendi now owns the rights to King's Quest.

Not to be deterred, KQ fans set up an Internet campaign to try and encourage a change of heart - and it worked.

In a statement, Vivendi said: "After extensive evaluation, Vivendi Universal Games is pleased to announce that the fan developed trilogy project 'The Silver Lining' (previously known as King's Quest IX: Every Cloak Has A Silver Lining), based on characters from Sierra Entertainment's King's Quest series, has been given approval to continue development.

"We look forward to seeing the first of its three upcoming chapters, 'Shadows', completed soon."

So how soon is soon? Well, Shadows will be out some time in 2006, according to the official website. Hurrah!

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