The return of the Monkey Island collection with the aptly named Return to Monkey Island was a welcome shock when it was introduced earlier this 12 months (on April Idiot’s Day no much less). In any case, we had not seen a brand new sport with Guybrush Threepwood on the fore since 2009.
Nonetheless, whereas we’re getting a return, this is probably not the beginning of a brand new wave of video games based mostly within the sun-soaked Caribbean islands. Slightly, this seems to be the final certainly one of its form.
Following its new gameplay trailer yesterday (see above) and the information will probably be coming to the Nintendo Swap as a console first, the Return to Monkey Island builders unveiled a brand new web site for the sport. It’s a nice web site, with playful interactive choices for followers of the collection, together with the possibility to ‘chat’ with collection common Stan.
Nonetheless, if you happen to occur to go looking additional into the positioning, you’ll come throughout the textual content that reads: “The thrilling conclusion of the Monkey Island collection…”. So, I assume, this actually is our one final hurrah on the shores of Mêlée. Welp!
Together with this little nugget of data, the positioning additionally tells us extra about Return to Monkey Island’s story.
“It has been a few years since Guybrush Threepwood was final locked in a battle of wits along with his nemesis, the zombie pirate LeChuck,” it begins.
“His real love, Elaine Marley, has turned her focus away from governing and Guybrush himself is adrift and unfulfilled, having by no means discovered the Secret of Monkey Island. Hip, younger pirate leaders led by Captain Madison have shuffled the outdated guard from energy, Mêlée Island has taken a flip for the more serious, and famed businessman Stan has been imprisoned for ‘marketing-related crimes’ [insert shocked gasp here].”
For the reason that screenshots from Return to Monkey Island first surfaced on-line, many have taken umbridge with the route the builders have taken by way of the brand new artwork type. Nonetheless, collection creator Ron Gilbert has stood his floor on this, telling everybody that that is the artwork he needs and subsequently that is the artwork we’re getting (which appears truthful sufficient).
Guybrush Threepwood’s voice actor Dominic Armato has shared his ideas on this as nicely, with a prolonged Twitter thread. Right here, the actor mentioned “In my opinion, I freaking find it irresistible. I beloved it throughout my play by within the spring, and it is gotten a TON of polish since then. It is distinctive, it is enjoyable, it feels ALIVE to me… I simply adore it.”
He went on to say he hopes greater than something is “that those that aren’t enamoured of the brand new look will nonetheless be capable to let themselves benefit from the sport” as there may be “SO MUCH AWESOME SHIT on this sport.”
In all seriousness, it’s all the time been my most popular MO to only brazenly focus on issues, and I’ve all the time type of inhabited this bizarre limbo area between the crew and the fandom, so hey, why not… just a few ideas on the brand new graphical type :-D… 1/
— Dominic Armato (@SkilletDoux) June 29, 2022
Curse of Monkey Island designer Jonathon Ackley additionally gave his two pence price, tweeting: “Being criticised for altering the artwork type in a Monkey Island sequel is a time-honoured custom. Belief me. I ought to know” (acknowledging the change in type for the collection’ third entry).
Nonetheless, within the phrases of Monkey Island co-creator Dave Grossman, that is “All a part of the enjoyable of sport improvement.”
All a part of the enjoyable of sport improvement.
— LeDave Grossman (@phrenopolis) June 28, 2022