Sierra Entertainment

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Full name: Sierra Entertainment
Established: 2001
Closed: 2008
Reason: Formerly Sierra On-line, Sierra closed when its parent merged with Activision

Formerly Sierra On-line, the company rebranded in late 2001 to Sierra Entertainment.

The early 2000s saw the return of Sierra classic Leisure Suit Larry. The result was Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, which garnered a tepid response from critics and the public. The company's fortunes fared similarly, as financial pressures from parent company Vivendi led to job cuts, restructuring and office closures.

The culmination of these changes was an attempt to reinvigorate the company with a new logo and branding in 2005. The same year and into the next, the company acquired a raft of development studios, including Massive Entertainment, Swordfish Studios and Radical Entertainment. At the same time, the company's former moniker, Sierra On-line, was resurrected to serve as a label for its online-only releases.

In 2008, Sierra's parent company, Vivendi announced its merger with Activision. The resulting mega-publisher would become Activision Blizzard. This merger was not without casualties, however. As assets were transferred, Sierra was closed down and set aside for possible sale.

After six years of disuse, the name Sierra resurfaced as an Activision indie publishing label. See the Sierra label for details and releases.

Software Highlights from Credited Titles

Sierra Entertainment's first work that SPOnG is aware of is the 1999 title, "Aliens Versus Predator" (PC).

The company has been involved titles released on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, DS/DSi, PS2, Power Mac, PSP, Xbox, GameCube and GBA. Of these, "World Of Warcraft: Wrath Of The Lich King" (PC), "Half-Life: Blue Shift" (PC), "The Spiderwick Chronicles" (PS2), "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown" (GBA), "Geometry Wars: Galaxies" (DS/DSi) has been a best selling title.

The company's most recent involvement was on the 2015 release "Shiftlings" (Xbox One).

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