Return to Monkey Island gets a swashbuckling new trailer

Avast ye, the first trailer for Return to Monkey Island is finally here!

The Monkey Island games are heralded as some of the best point-and-click games ever made, so fans are pretty thrilled to be getting another mainline game twelve years after the series’ last release, which was a special edition of the first two games. Another sequel is long overdue, and thankfully the developers behind the project, Terrible Toybox, just released a new trailer to satiate us as we wait for the game to drop later this year. The trailer was also posted by Monkey Island‘s beloved designer and creator Ron Gilbert, who shared the news with the exact type of humor we’d expect from him.

The new trailer shows off Return to Monkey Island‘s revamped art style, which captures the quirkiness of the characters and world perfectly. Although we didn’t get to see all that much of it, the gameplay itself looks like the classic Monkey Island experience we know and love. Story-wise, our plucky protagonist Guybrush Threepwood promises we’re in for an adventure with “ships, fights, love, treasure, betrayal, and root beer.” As an avid lover of all things pirate-related myself, I don’t think there’s much more I could really ask for.

I can be pretty hesitant about sequels this far out from the originals, especially when a series’ legacy is on the line, but I have to say that I’ve been blown away by everything I’ve seen of Return to Monkey Island so far. It also says a lot that they have some of the original creators involved. At this point, I’m optimistic that the game will bring a thrilling adventure from a classic series to a brand new audience.

Return to Monkey Island takes to the high seas sometime in 2022 for PC and Nintendo Switch.

Noelle Warner