One of the greatest video game series of all time returns in 2022 with some of the most important original creatives on board. Return to Monkey Island is ‘a game by’, who conceived the point-and-click comedy-adventure saga in the late 1980s.
Gilbert wrote and directed the original play, † He was director, programmer and designer of the sequel, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge† He left Lucasfilm Games shortly after the latter was released, but he was credited in 2009 Stories from Monkey Island† Gilbert is now back at work on arguably the series he is most famous for as co-designer and co-writer alongside fellow veteran Dave Grossman.
Return to Monkey Island is in development at Gilbert’s Terrible Toybox. The studio is working with Devolver Digital and Lucasfilm Games on the latest entry. According to the description on a teaser video Devolver posted, it’s a “long-awaited sequel” to the first two games.
The clip also states that Michael Land, Peter McConnell and Clint Bajakian – all of whom have previously worked on the series – are on music, while Dominic Armato reprises his role as Guybrush Threepwood. So it will for sure sound like a real monkey island game.
Gilbert to get back the rights to Monkey Island (and Maniac mansion) from the Disney-owned Lucasfilm Games to no avail. Still, it’s great to see him and so many other Monkey Island veterans return to the series.
This just shot to the top of the list of my most anticipated games in 2022. Sorry for all the games of the year prizes you just lost, Elden Ring†
If I ever get to make another Monkey Island, I’ll announce it on April 1.
— Ron Gilbert (@grumpygamer) September 19, 2013
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