Back in 2013, Ron Gilbert wrote on his Grumpy Gamer blog “If I ever get to make another Monkey Island, I’m going to announce it on April 1st”. Fast forward nine years to the 1st of April 2022 and a blog post by Gilbert reads “For 18 years the Grumpy Gamer blog has been April Fools’ day free because it’s a stupid tradition. So to mix things up a little I’m taking this opportunity to announce I’ve decided to make another Monkey Island”.
The news that Ron Gilbert after 30 years finally working on a new Monkey Island is some of the best news the gaming world has seen.
To match the look and feel of the first two titles back when released in the early ’90s, I decided to make a small VGA conversion of the newly released trailer alongside a quickly put-together box.
Text below, taken from PCGamer.
The legendary Lucasarts adventure series Monkey Island will return later this year with an all-new game, appropriately entitled Return to Monkey Island, headed up by original series creator Ron Gilbert. Return to Monkey Island is being developed by Gilbert’s Terrible Toybox studio, in collaboration with Devolver Digital and Lucasfilm Games, the legendary studio label resurrected by Disney in early 2021. The announcement trailer doesn’t reveal anything about the story (or why Ron Gilbert agreed to make another Monkey Island game after all these years), but the game will follow on Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge, and so apparently be unrelated to Telltale‘s 2009 Tales of Monkey Island, the last game in the series.
Gilbert revealed separately that he’s actually been working on Return to Monkey Island for the past two years, “in complete secrecy.”
Gilbert’s not the only LucasArts luminary working on the new game: Dave Grossman, a writer, and programmer on the Monkey Island series and a pile of other Lucas adventures, is also taking part:
I’ve always been more of a Sam and Max/Full Throttle fan, but the Monkey Island games, which follow the adventures of would-be pirate (and occasional goofball) Guybrush Threepwood, are widely considered to be the pinnacle of the LucasArts adventure era. He is, however, a master of Insult Swordfighting, which I hope (and, honestly, fully expect) will return in the new game.
Return to Monkey Island is slated to be out later this year. Find out more at returntomonkeyisland.com.
A small “VGA” conversion of the newly released trailer, to somewhat match the look and feel of the first two original titles, released in the early ’90s.
The box is a quick mock-up.
Please find the original trailer here