Ron Gilbert outlines hypothetical Monkey Island sequel

Series creator confirms he has no real plans to make a new entry in adventure series, but offers detailed plans for "dream" game.

Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert has outlined a hypothetical "dream" sequel--Monkey Island 3a--though he made clear up front that this project is not in development.

"I'm just thinking and dreaming and inviting you to come along with me," he said on his blog.

Though Gilbert said he has no immediate plans to make a new Monkey Island game, he provided a detailed, 17-point outline of what such a game could look and play like. First, this game would be a fully voiced retro title that harkened back to the original Monkey Island and its first sequel, Gilbert wrote.

"I'd do it as 'enhanced low-res," he said.' "Nice crisp retro art, but augmented by the hardware we have today: parallaxing, depth of field, warm glows, etc. All the stuff we wanted to do back in 1990 but couldn't. Monkey Island deserves that. It's authentic. It doesn't need 3D."

As for why the game would be called Monkey Island 3a, Gilbert said he would rather pick up where he left off without the "baggage" of other titles in the series.

"All the games after Monkey Island 2 don't exist in my Monkey Island universe. My apologies to the all talented people who worked on them and the people who loved them, but I'd want to pick up where I left off," Gilbert said. "Free of baggage. In a carnival. That doesn't mean I won't steal some good ideas or characters from other games. I'm not above that."

The game would be a hardcore adventure title that would not feature tutorials, hint systems, "pansy-assed puzzles," or anything that caters to mass-market, he said. "It would be an adventure game for the hardcore. You're going to get stuck. You're going to be frustrated," he explained.

The game would be made by a "very small team" or 10 or fewer developers, Gilbert went on. This means creating the game would take longer, but it would be "more personal and crafted with love," he wrote.

Gilbert further explained that he would only make another new Monkey Island game if he owned the franchise. He said if he owned the intellectual property (IP), he would not only allow, but also encourage the community to create their own fan games.

If Gilbert were granted the rights to the series, he said he might use crowd-funding site Kickstarter to get the project off the ground. If this were to happen, the campaign would be "raw and honest" and would not include any "lofty promises or "ridiculous reward tiers," he said.

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59 comments
SythisTaru
SythisTaru

I really like the artwork they did in the HD remake. I wish I could get get a digital painting on my wall that was really just an LCD screen that always had Monkey Island HD on it, and people could go up and interact with the picture.

genjuroT
genjuroT

no "pansy-assed puzzles" hell yea!

GanguCrimes
GanguCrimes

yes i want to see a kickstarter for MI

Dark-Rival
Dark-Rival

Even to this day, I still catch myself in certain situations thinking "what would Guybrush do?".

Monkey Island is more then just a game!

capsfan887
capsfan887

I remember getting stuck in Curse, I literally made a sheet and went through crossing out every interactable item on the island while trying it with every item I had in my inventory until I finally found the solution.

Damn pirate barbers. 

TrueGB
TrueGB

Either a dream or a clever hype campaign. I know some of these IPs have been sold and will be announced at E3, but I'm not sure this is one of them. Fully animated adventure games is right up Disney's alley and I think they may want to hold on to this one.

footman05
footman05

This would be amazing!  Please follow this dream to a reality!!!!!!!!

bkohary
bkohary

In today's news, man talks about his dream.

DarkE0n
DarkE0n

Kickstart this, Ron!

Tribesmaster
Tribesmaster

Love the Monkey Island Series, and always excited if a new one is being released.

Meringue2200
Meringue2200

After his last two games, I don't think I want any more products from him. He cannot produce another game on par with Monkey Island, and I'm not going to pretend otherwise.

Sometimes dead is better, etc.


macaque12
macaque12

Got tears of joy and hope now. I'd really love to see a true sequel to Monkey Island

The_Red_Shadow
The_Red_Shadow

I like what he has to say but what is wrong with reward tiers in Kickstarter campaigns?  If I had the cash I'd love to reap those rewards.

Dandyslayer13
Dandyslayer13

Mr. Gilberts train of thought reminds me of George Lucas and you know what we got with that.......

Egosavar
Egosavar

I think the third one was right up there among the greatness of the first two. What ruined the series, for me at least, was the 3D accelaration starting with the fourth game (Escape from the Monkey Island). Although the Telltale series were fine and certainly enjoyable, those games never reached their potential. They were 3D and the humour was too familiar, they didn't feel original.

craigprime
craigprime

"It would be made with love..."

Now that is a phrase I have not heard applied to a video game in a long time...

liam82517
liam82517

well if disney dont want it, sell/gift the rights back to him. Would be a good PR move for one thing and wouldnt cost them anything but a game that theres not much intrest in outside of gilbert doing it.

apolloooo
apolloooo

i want it pick up from tales of monkey island


there's nothing wrong with the sequels , except maybe escape from monkey island

suprsolider
suprsolider

Someone phone Disney right now, and get Gilbert the rights.


I DEMAND a True Monkey Island 3.

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

man I really hope they make another Monkey Island game......they make me so happy

The_Last_Paladi
The_Last_Paladi

I guess I'm in the minority, but I really LOVED the Telltale game

soeppel
soeppel

YES! C'mon Disney, just hand over the IP to Gilbert for free and you have bought yourself a bucket of goodwill from the fans.

dribblesbarbax
dribblesbarbax

Ron here are my bank details. Name: Mr Guybrush Threepwood

                                                Bank: Melee Bank Ltd

                                                  Account No: 5318008

I have 478 pieces of eight so go wild.

Vojtass
Vojtass

Make it happen, Ron!

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

"All the games after Monkey Island 2 don't exist in my Monkey Island universe. My apologies to the all talented people who worked on them and the people who loved them, but I'd want to pick up where I left off," Gilbert said.

It's sad, because The Curse of Monkey Island is the best of them all for me. Gorgeous art-style, incredible setting and varied puzzles and really good humor. I never was a fan of the first two.

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

Why tease us, Ron?

Why would you dangle a juicy steak in front of a starving man?

Why?

fredwv
fredwv

I rather see another Syberia, Full Throttle, Gabriel Knight or Grim Fandango than a new Monkey Island.  I guess I'm in the minority, but I was never a huge Monkey Island fan.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

the series went downhill after the second one i would love a true sequel to it but now there is no more lucasarts i doubt it will ever come

also note i still think they are good games but they just didn't connect with me

jarheadalex
jarheadalex

Monkey island 3 is the best in my opinion, the game definetely shouldn't be 3D but I don't see the point in intentionally downgrading the resolution? If high res was available in 1991 would the writers really go "nah it will look better in low res"?

biggest_loser
biggest_loser

"All the games after Monkey Island 2 don't exist in my Monkey Island universe." Really? How egotistical can you get? The Curse of Monkey Island is a classic PC game, extremely well received, and Tales is not far behind it. No wonder ol' Gilly hasn't set the world on fire lately. 

Vixenar
Vixenar

@JunglemanchiId 

Both MI 1 and 2 were better than Curse. Curse is still a great game though, leaps better than Escape. Haven't played Tales yet.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@TrueGB Corporations are interested in popular genres. Adventure games (true adventures, not action hybrids) are perceived by suits as risky and not worth the effort. I think they would probably use their Pirates of the Carribean IP anyway.

Saketume
Saketume

@DarkE0n It's a matter of who owns the rights. He's just waiting for a chance really.

Saketume
Saketume

@Meringue2200 Valid opinion but point & click is what he's great at. I'd love to see him try his best.

ConorS79
ConorS79

@Dandyslayer13 Hes looking to make Sequels and not prequels..(but at least you can buy Monkey island in its original format without change in script, new voice overs etc)

hobotech64
hobotech64

@apolloooo Aside from that awful Monkey Kombat puzzle, I didn't think Escape was that bad.

Ampharos64
Ampharos64

@apolloooo Me too. I'd be kind of torn about supporting such a Kickstarter campaign. While I'd absolutely love to see a new Monkey Island game and some of those ideas sound fantastic, I was very happy with where the series went, and with the way Telltale's Tales of Monkey Island focused on Guybrush's marriage to Elaine. To go back from that would lose something, I think.

Not that it really matters while it's entirely hypothetical.

MateykoSlam
MateykoSlam

@The_Last_Paladi they were great games, telltale is a good developer

Saketume
Saketume

@MajinSquall 3rd one was fine but I really didn't like the 4th or the telltale ones.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@biggest_loser So he's not allowed to have his own opinion? He's the father of the series, and he has a plan for the whole story. I remember interview, when he said that Guybrush and Elaine would never get married. He has his own vision, and I know it is one true vision.

Saketume
Saketume

@biggest_loser I'm pretty sure that's not what he meant. He has stated before that Curse was a fine game.

It doesn't matter how good it was though because the thing is that Ron already had a story for the third game but since he wasn't the one making it he kept it a secret.

The people who did make the third game had to make a completely different ending to the cliffhanger from MI2. In short it was guesswork.

Fans of the series have waited many years for Ron to finally make the "real" MI3

SythisTaru
SythisTaru

@Vojtass @TrueGB I dunno, if they are willing to put out games remakes of Duck Tales I think they might be down for anything!

ConorS79
ConorS79

@Saketume @DarkE0n Did lucas arts not go bust recently? Surely they're selling off the family silver? If Ron put a kickstarter appeal to buy the rights and develop a game, i'd support it.

Dandyslayer13
Dandyslayer13

@ConorS79

Thats not the point. The point is George Lucas spouted a similar rhetoric and then we ended up with CRAP. 

apolloooo
apolloooo

@hobotech64 @apolloooo the puzzle and story is great, but the control, and character is lacking plus monkey combat too, it's not really a bad game on it's own, but compared to monkey island it's lacking in quality.

biggest_loser
biggest_loser

@Vojtass @biggest_loser He can have his opinions I just think its incredibly arrogant to rip on something as good as MI3 when he has made anything in the same league as that for years, if ever. If he has this great vision then why did he let the rights go? 

biggest_loser
biggest_loser

@Saketume @biggest_loser lol! If fans (fanboys) are still waiting for the "real" MI3 they're probably senile by now: "Hehe..yeahaa! Papa gonna bring home Monkey Island 3 today! Yeahhha!" *rocks back in rocking-chair*. Get real. 

Vixenar
Vixenar

@JunglemanchiId @Vixenar 

Haha, way to take it personally! You put out your opinion of "nothing has come close to Curse" as the truth, and I voiced my own opinion against it as the truth, I guess. 

Thanks for being so overly sensitive about it, but really, they're all good games. Ron Gilbert would definitely be able to make a game to, if not beat MI 1 - 3, then at least make one equally good. Let's leave it at that.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@biggest_loser @Vojtass He never had the rights, Lucasarts had, and now Disney has. And no, it's not arrogant for creator of the series. There would be no CoMI without HIM.