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Ron Gilbert announces departure from Double Fine

4:00 AM on 03.12.2013 // Allistair Pinsof
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The adventure veteran is working on an iOS game, until his next project

In 1990, Ron Gilbert made the genre-defining Secret of Monkey Island with Tim Schafer. Two decades later, Gilbert joined Schafer's studio, Double Fine Productions. And now, after releasing his latest adventure, The Cave, Gilbert is leaving Schafer again. True love just doesn't last, does it?

In December, Gilbert told Eurogamer that he wanted to talk to Disney, which currently owns the rights to the Monkey Island franchise, about doing a game. The Eurogamer interview ends with Gilbert saying he would make the Monkey Island sequel at Double Fine unless Schafer fires him. Oh, the irony.

Gilbert isn't ready to announce his next move, but one can assume it's a game: "So many games left to be designed," he wrote in his blog. In the meantime, fans can look forward to an iOS collaboration with Clayton Kauzlaric (DeathSpank) called Scurvy Scallywags in The Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty: A Musical Match-3 Pirate RPG. Such a catchy title. Do I smell the next Angry Birds?

Schafer will continue his own private love affair with adventure games in his Kickstarter-funded untitled game. Schafer offered a supportive message on Twitter: "Good luck, Ron! Thanks for The Cave!"

A Complete Map Of The Cave And Other News... [Grumpy Gamer]


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