Return to Monkey Island: Original Director Returned 30 Years Later
In 2016, Ron Gilbert approached Disney and LucasFilm Games for the rights to its Monkey IslandIP. The company was not doing much with the point-and-click adventure series. Although the sale was never made, Gilbert returned to pirate adventure gaming six years later with a new entry, Return To Monkey Island.
The game’s teaser trailer is currently in its infancy. It pokes fun at Gilbert’s absence from the series since the 1990s but doesn’t reveal any major details. The trailer does not mention Gilbert’s involvement in Return to Monkey Island. The game will launch in 2022.
The series was at its peak in the 90s when the first two titles were released. However, Monkey Island had a few entries in the 2000s, such as Escape From Monkey Island, the final LucasArts game. Telltale was also involved in the series Tales of Monkey Island. This episode was released in 2009.
In writing this news, I intended to make it a joke about how there is a Monkey Island mention in that protagonist Nathan Drake is looking through paintings of prolific pirates across history, one of which is a reference to Monkey Island principal Guybrush Threepwood.
I considered writing a blog post about how awesome it was that someone extrapolated that painting from Uncharted4 into an entire game. Anyone born in the 90s suddenly fell to dust. Fanbyte’s Managing Editor and Monkey Islandsicko Steven Strom repelled the idea. You can thank them for sparing your psychic wound.