Since reemerging last year with a new strategy as Disney’s go-to video game umbrella for all things star wars and more, Lucasfilm Games has been busy increasing the bounty of its treasure trove of old-school video game names. Now we can add another long-dormant one to the list – and it’s a swashbuckling blast from the past.
Back to Monkey Islanda new sequel to the beloved game series that first set sail with The Secret of Monkey Island is on the way – and it brings together most of the key creative leads responsible for the original game and its 1991 sequel, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge. The pair of addictive, old-school point-and-click adventures introduced early 1990s fans to Guybrush Threepwood, the intrepid budding pirate island explorer who can still lay claim to one of the coolest names in gaming.
Although it’s brief and only shows a glimpse of what’s in store, the official teaser for the announcement of Back to Monkey Island already made a big cannonball splash on social networks.
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In partnership with Lucasfilm Games and the hitmaking studio DevolverDigitaloriginal monkey island Co-creator Ron Gilbert helped spread the news on Twitter, announcing that the game will be dropping anchor soon – like sometime this year. A release date this close is definitely eye-catching, but even Gilbert teased that his studio Terrible Toybox has been scouring the waves to bring the project to life for a while now: It’s “[a] little something we have been working on for 2 years in complete secrecy,” he tweeted.
Via IGN, Back to Monkey Island brings together the core team of former studio LucasArts who made the first two games in the series – except for co-creator Tim Schafer (the same mind behind Psychonauts and sinister fandango). This includes co-writer and original designer Dave Grossman, as well as composers Michael Land, Michael McConnell, and Clint Bajakian.
Coming during the game’s formative years for many current big-name developers, the old school monkey island hooked players with its highly interactive blend of RPG dialogue choices and a Caribbean story that glamorized its hero’s high-seas hopes for pirate-worthy adventures. Later successful franchises like Unexplored would continue to incorporate some of those same themes, and in fact, Naughty Dog even paid homage to its 1990s forerunner with a basket of monkey island Easter eggs that have appeared in Uncharted 4.
Although more monkey island sequels followed throughout the 1990s, the first two games seem to be the starting point for this one, with DevolverDigital teasing Back to Monkey Island as “the long-awaited sequel to the legendary The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge.” There’s little information on what’s in the new game, though IGN reports that Gilbert has previously hinted that he wants to create “a hardcore adventure game” that harkens back to the spirit of the early games in the series.
Whatever happens on the horizon, at least the wait won’t be long: Back to Monkey Island should make landfall before the end of 2022.