Metal Jesus wrote:
So many of those classic Sierra games were infused with the personality and passion of their original creators. Leisure Suit Larry was Al Lowe! Corey & Lori Cole were the Quest for Glory series... Jane Jensen made Gabriel Knight what it was... Without those original creators, it's like Dean Kootz re-writing Stephen King's The Stand... or a bunch of indie musicians creating new Led Zeppelin records. They may be decent in their own right in the end... but they will never be the same.
Especially with Quest for Glory, I really feel that Lori and Corey were that world. You can tell their heart and soul are in it, which is why they tried to novelize the series and why their Hero U game will still take place in that world.
King's Quest is the one title that I feel had the most identity crisis of all the, "Quest," games. It relied on fairy tales, but had no cohesive world or vision. Things just constantly were changing on a game-by-game basis. That is why I enjoyed the Anonymous Game Developer's work on King's Quest 2 & 3 remake. They took some of those concepts like the Black Cloak magicians that were only referenced in 3, 5 & 6 and took that in a great direction.
I think that it is still possible to capture the feel of those games, but it may never be the same... Quest for Glory and Gabriel Knight especially.