Return to Monkey Island is a 2022 sequel to the legendary Point ‘n’ Click series from original writer-director Ron Gilbert.
Developed as a follow-up to the first two games – The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge – the new game will be published by Devolver Digital in association with Lucasfilm Games. It also brings back original co-writer Dave Grossman and LucasArts composers Michael Land, Michael McConnell and Clint Bajakian. Co-creator Tim Schafer – who runs Microsoft’s Double Fine – isn’t returning.
At TwitterGilbert said his development studio Terrible Toybox had been working on the game “in complete secrecy” for 2 years.
Introducing Return to Monkey Island, a new game by Ron Gilbert that picks up where Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge left off. pic.twitter.com/frkrN1OLXD
— Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) April 4, 2022
We don’t have any more information about the game than what’s in the short teaser trailer above, but we do do got a blog post from 2013 by Gilbert where he laid out his ideas for a new game in the series. At the time, he said he would want it “to be a retro game, harking back to Monkey Island 1 and 2,” and would specifically ignore the events of every game in the series after the second – and given that this game is the von LeChuck’s revenge follows, it seems like he got his wish.
His ideas at the time included making it a “hardcore adventure game” with no tutorials, hint systems, “pansy puzzles or mass market or modernization”. Additionally, he wanted retro art but with modern hardware (to help the team do what Lucasarts couldn’t do in the 1990s), a “full inventory”, physical release, dialogue puzzles, and no verbs used for commands are used. He also said that among other things he would like to recreate the SCUMM engine of the originals.
Return to Monkey Island follows a series of projects that appear to be returning to classic franchises from Disney’s Lucasfilm Games brand – including Indiana Jones, several new Star Wars projects and more. It’s not the first time Monkey Island has reared its skeletal head after receiving an expanded Easter egg in Sea of Thieves’ Pirates of the Caribbean update.
We spoke to Lucasfilm Games about the project last year, who said the idea was to work with developers to make their dream games using Disney IP. Given that Gilbert has publicly said he’d love to buy the franchise from Disney, it might be that he saw this as the next best option.
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