Ron Gilbert leaves Double Fine

Monkey Island creator leaves Double Fine, says there are "so many games left to be designed."

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Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert has announced he is leaving Double Fine, the studio created by frequent collaborator Tim Schafer.

Gilbert joined Double Fine in September 2010 and worked with the studio to create The Cave.

With The Cave out of the way, Gilbert announced on his blog that it was "time for me to move on from Double Fine and plot my next move."

"So many games left to be designed," Gilbert added.

Gilbert also took the opportunity to thank everyone at Double Fine for their work on The Cave. "I want to thank all the amazing people at Double Fine for all their hard work on The Cave. It was a true pleasure to work with every one of them over the past two years. So much fun. I will miss them all. And of course to Tim for creating the opportunity to come there and make The Cave."

Speaking about his next project, Gilbert said he was working with Deathspank co-creator Clayton Kauzlariac to release the iOS game Scurvy Scallywags in the Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty: A Musical Match-3 Pirate RPG. Screenshots of the game were promised to be released "in the next few days."

Discussion

30 comments
Metronoid
Metronoid

He must creat a real Pc adventure like he always did.

fredwv
fredwv

He could have at least combed his hair before leaving.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Looks like Ron goes to the same hair stylist as Jeff Gerstmann :P

Cowboy-Bebop
Cowboy-Bebop

If only I could get an official HD online multiplayer remake on Maniac Mansion life would be great. Too bad the idiots at Disney own the rights now. Why not KICKSTARTER?

doorselfin
doorselfin moderator

Ron? RON?! ROOOOOOONNNN!!!

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

Good luck to Mr. Gilbert on his new endeavours.

nini200
nini200

Is it me or does this guy remind you of Milton from Office Space?

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

Gilbert's a cool guy, can't wait to see this new thing. 

Sw1tched
Sw1tched

Is this because "The Cave" sucked?

Fursnake
Fursnake

Ron Gilbert also looks a bit perplexed. His face reminds me of the great actor Pruitt Taylor Vince, they could be brothers.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Just don't release any more bait and switch turds like Brutal (ly-awful) Legend.

XeonForce
XeonForce

GameSpot always finds the best pictures. =P

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

Totally thought he would help with Double Fine Adventure... oh well, Tim can handle it!

advancedcaveman
advancedcaveman

It's kind of painful to say this, but I think Ron Gilbert and Tim Schafer both jumped the shark a while ago.


Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

Should have stayed until Double Fine Adventure release .

OurSin-360
OurSin-360

Hmm, seems like double fine is one of the places you'd want to stay for creative freedom and decent exposure/sales.  Also seems like a fun place to work, unless you want to do big budget games.

petsodon
petsodon

Yet another iOS game in the works. Sheesh....

Bring Cave to PS Vita and I will buy it.

Saketume
Saketume

Just make Monkey Island 3 so our lives can be complete.

OllieBrown
OllieBrown

@Sw1tched That's news to me.  ~ 70% across all platforms on metacritic.  That's a solid 'good' in my book.

TheBigChewbacca
TheBigChewbacca

@DrKill09 Brutal Legend was a fantastic game and has very little to do with Ron Gilbert

DrKill09
DrKill09

@TheBigChewbacca  It was a poor man's RTS marketed as a hack and slash.  The humor was good and the soundtrack was good, but the gameplay was awful.

OllieBrown
OllieBrown

@starchsr If it were a grade sure (grade inflation aside), but I find that games that receive a 7/10 in a review are usually quite enjoyable, e.g. good. 

Weather it's supposed to be average or below average, my experience is that a 7.0 is not a bad score (let alone worthy of the descriptor 'sucked').

Saketume
Saketume

@flubagalub@ernelson1976

Now my comment vanished again.

Well Ron has stated that he's the only one who knows the "true" continuation of the story after MI2

The people who made MI3 had no clue and were just guessing.

When asked he likes to say things like 

"“I’d really love to make Monkey Island 3,” Gilbert said. “Unfortunately, I don’t own the rights to that. That all belongs to LucasArts. Even if I started a Kickstarter and I raised like 30 million dollars, I really don’t think LucasArts would sell it.”"