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Return to Monkey Island’s first gameplay trailer is a reckless trip full of nostalgia

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When Return to Monkey Island arriving later this year, players will finally discover the secret of Monkey Island. That’s pitch series creator Ron Gilbert made in the game’s latest trailer, which premiered today during Nintendo’s latest Direct showcase. “My name is Guybrush Threepwood, and this is a story about the time when I finally found the secret to Monkey Island,” voice actor Dominic Armato explains at the beginning of the clip.

As you might imagine, the trailer is full of allusions to previous Monkey Island games, including some of the best jokes from the series. At one point, Guybrush floats to the bottom of the Caribbean, a sign pointing to Monkey Island and indicating it’s only a six-minute walk away. Fortunately, our hero can hold his breath for 10 minutes.

Many fan-favorite characters also appear in the clip. I saw, among other things, used ship salesman and ostentatious dresser Stan S. Stanman locked in the brig of LeChuck’s ship. Coincidentally, you can chat with Stan on Return to Monkey Island’s updated website where he explains that he is in prison for “marketing related crimes” that may have involved selling non-perishable items.

If you missed the news in April, Return to Monkey Island marks the, well, return of Ron Gilbert to the series he made in the late ’80s. Gilbert wrote and directed The secret of Monkey Island, and went to work on the second game before leaving LucasArts in 1992. Fellow Monkey Island veteran Dave Grossman is also working on the new game, which will take place after the first two games. on consoles, Return to Monkey Island will arrive first on Nintendo Switch.

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