Ron Gilbert working on Penny Arcade Adventures

Monkey Island cocreator chipping in for Web comic's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness game.

The caustic wit that put hapless hero Guybrush Threepwood through hell in the Secret of Monkey Island games now has the chance to subject the creators of Web comic Penny Arcade to similar suffering. Hothead Games today revealed that Ron Gilbert, the adventure-game author whose past credits also include Maniac Mansion and Zak McKracken, is contributing to the development of Penny Arcade's gaming debut, On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness.

Founded in March of 2006, the Vancouver, British Columbia-based Hothead Games is working on an episodic series of games based on the adventures of Penny Arcade creators Jerry "Tycho" Holkins and Mike "Gabe" Krahulik. The company is working with Gilbert, Holkins, and Krahulik "in an intense collaborative development process," with the first game in the series set for release as a downloadable offering on home computers. Hothead has also stated its intent to bring the series to next-generation consoles, though nothing has been confirmed as yet.

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55 comments
Myriam_D
Myriam_D

Gonna go see the trailer now. What in fate's name is this insanity? O.o

dannyodwyer
dannyodwyer staff

that big shaped bush frightens and confuses me...

mrbass208
mrbass208

Just possibly crazy enough to work.

Mriceguy
Mriceguy

"Look behind you! A three-headed monkey!"

Ir_Rana
Ir_Rana

What to say? The guy who made my favourite game series, teaming with the most influential gamers in order to produce a brand new "For Gamers by Gamers" game?

kamicolo
kamicolo

the penny arcade boys in a game, how sweet, heh

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

Sounds like a Sam & Max kind of deal. But we shall see how it plays out. I enjoy Penny Arcades humor! :D

bildo2020
bildo2020

They need to put Murrary from the MI series in this game! :P

Murpheus007
Murpheus007

I'll try it, but I doubt I'll like it. They can't make me like it.

banodyne
banodyne

Love the Penny Arcade strip and how the boys are handling their licensing carefully. (Way to go Robert!) Hopefully these will be available on Xbox Live Arcade.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Well, Ron Gilbert being involved certainly can't hurt the project.

sieg6529
sieg6529

scary. I love the comic, but this could be a chance for Karma to bite them on the keister, hard.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

wonder if they will clean up their language for a non- AO game.

anarchicgoth
anarchicgoth

not interested i like penny arcade but eh

zsc4
zsc4

Interesting, but I think I'll pass on this one.

carddude
carddude

Speaking of penny arcade, does anyone play UFS here?

Inu7
Inu7

topraman517 said: "monkey island was overhyped, but penny arcade does deserve a game" There was hype for Monkey Island? Well, I was born the year it(the first one) came out, so I don't know for sure, but I don't remember ever hearing about any hype surrounding this game's release. --------------- Born when the first Monkey Island came out, eh lad? I am glad today's youth appreciates such an awesome game.. (Man I feel like an old fart now, thanks!)

XManTMG
XManTMG

RON GILBERT IS A GOD!!!!

CaptainSmirk
CaptainSmirk

any inbred moron that thinks monkey island is the least bit hyper or undeserving of its status as gaming legend, has just had too many halo enemas to think straight...

topraman517
topraman517

"monkey island was overhyped, but penny arcade does deserve a game" There was hype for Monkey Island? Well, I was born the year it(the first one) came out, so I don't know for sure, but I don't remember ever hearing about any hype surrounding this game's release.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Ooh. As much as I love Penny Arcade, I assumed the game was going to be a total joke. Now I actually have some interest in playing it.

GizmoVirus
GizmoVirus

Hopefully it will as good as his past games

usedtype
usedtype

"That's the second biggest monkey head I've ever seen!"

Mush_Mouth
Mush_Mouth

I have yet to ever laugh at this comic.

Eararaldor
Eararaldor

What would be funny is that this game comes on the PS3. Considering the amount of times they slam the console.

snugglebear
snugglebear

"How appropriate, you fight like a cow." =)

Aerothorn
Aerothorn

Ooo, now I'm split. I love Monkey Island, but can't really stand Penny Arcade. Hmm.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

The guy has enough experience to know how to make a good game.

swedishc
swedishc

This is great news. Just get Tim Schafer on-board and you are sitting on a goldmine. I know that Ron still has the "magic".

Artemis_D
Artemis_D

This makes me so happy. I am now tracking this game.

StrikerGold
StrikerGold

Most excellent. Good script and dialog: check. On with the gameplay.

cypher50
cypher50

"RaiKageRyu - I've seen the first gameplay videos of this game. And, it's not looking too good. Penny Arcade is just selling out thier name." I've only seen one video up on this (the trailer) and you can hardly decide whether the game is good or not from that. Adventure games usually aren't graphical tour de force's so if you are judging GAMEPLAY on that then that is a big mistake... As for the selling out part: Penny Arcade has always said this is merely fan service and that they are just having fun with characters in a way that isn't possible with the comic strip. I don't see why people feel that having a PA game is selling out...it is obvious by news like this article that Gabe & Tycho are taking measures to ensure the game is fun & full of humor so why turn on it before even giving it a try?

rudyHG
rudyHG

"All right then, roll! ROLL through the gates of hell. Must you take the fun out of everything?" Wow, I just got very excited about this game.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

I've seen the first gameplay videos of this game. And, it's not looking too good. Penny Arcade is just selling out thier name.

ShotGunBunny
ShotGunBunny

Hmm, I'm not such a huge fan of PA, although I do read it. I'll just have to wait and see if these guys really know what they're talking about all the time.

PackersRock
PackersRock

It'll be hilarious if this game sucks, since Penny Arcade is always coming down hard on developers for making crappy games. But I'm a huge PA fan so I'm hoping it's pretty good.

Bio_Spark
Bio_Spark

My expectations for this game have just jumped a couple of noches. Carry on.

HaaZ
HaaZ

maniac mansion... was... AWESOME!

Ikzai
Ikzai

XD at Monkey Island being "over hyped" and saying Penny Arcade is not in the same breath. Oh wow.

Toadstool1969
Toadstool1969

[quote="peeweeshift"]monkey island was overhyped, but penny arcade does deserve a game[/quote] That's just crazy talk. Most likely, you've never even played the game. And, if you have, you were probably far to young to enjoy the humor. Give me a break, kid.

johndmes
johndmes

@lime05: Ron has repeeatedly stated he wanted to do another Monkey Island, such as th originally planned sequel to 3...but he CANNOT, since he doesn't work for LucasArts anymore, and they own the IP. He doesn'thave the money to buy it away from them, either - so there won't be a Monkey 5.

kinglink2
kinglink2

HAHA, monkey island is overhyped versus penny arcade. OK buddy.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

monkey island was overhyped, but penny arcade does deserve a game

hunter8man
hunter8man

Oh yes, this will be sweet to see!

SpareJesus
SpareJesus

This is going to be fantastic. I can't wait.