Monkey Island is a pretty major series in the history of adventure games. Famed for its humour, story, and setting, the series later received an absolutely gorgeous set of remakes. I know countless people who’ve been inspired by and adore the series, and references to it still pop up in games released today.
Monkey Island is fantastic, and now it looks like creator Ron Gilbert wants to have another crack at it.
In a very interesting blog post celebrating the series’ 25th birthday, Gilbert explains what bug-fixing in 1990 looked like. Seriously, it’s fascinating to read what '90s game development was like. He also lets slip he really wants to make a new game:
I don’t know if I will ever get to make another Monkey Island. I always envisioned the game as a trilogy and I really hope I do, but I don’t know if it will ever happen. Monkey Island is now owned by Disney and they haven't shown any desire to sell me the IP. I don’t know if I could make Monkey Island 3a without complete control over what I was making and the only way to do that is to own it. Disney: Call me.
Maybe someday. Please don’t suggest I do a Kickstarter to get the money, that’s not possible without Disney first agreeing to sell it and they haven’t done that.
Disney, come on. Do it, sell him the IP so we can all get the Monkey Island 3 we’ve wanted, and see if you can give him the people who made the remakes while you’re at it. Those games are way prettier than they have any right to be.... read more