Monkey Island, Ron Gilbert is fed up with fan criticism

Monkey Island, Ron Gilbert is fed up with fan criticism

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The announcement of Return to Monkey Island seems to have displeased historical fans of the saga. Incredible, but true: since Devolver Digital and Terrible Toybox have unveiled the new chapter of the series, so many have decided to criticize Ron Gilbert, with unfortunate comments, especially on the graphic aspect of the game.

Blacksmith Shop Gilbert expressed his anger in a blog post. Everything would seem to arise from an old declaration of him, where he was talking about a hypothetical new chapter of the series. However, a 9-year old statement that probably (indeed, certainly) does not reflect the logic of a market that goes at the speed of light. “That old post was not a commandment to be followed to the letter, engraved on a stone tablet. They were just random thoughts about a possible chapter in the series. They weren't promises I owe to anyone ”. Gilbert then vented precisely on the criticisms on the graphics aspect of the game.

Gilbert then continued, specifying that Return to Monkey Island shouldn't be like Thimbleweed Park, which is a title described by many critics as a retro game. “You know, it's ironic that the people who don't want me to do the game are the hardcore fans of the series. And all of that makes me incredibly sad. This title is like a roller coaster. Get on it and enjoy it or get off because I don't know what you expected. But I always hope you will be on board, ”concluded Gilbert.

‘Monkey Island’ creator says he doesn’t “owe anybody” anything

Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert has said he doesn’t “owe anybody” anything ahead of the release of Return To Monkey Island.

Gilbert created the first two games in the series (1990’s The Secret Of Monkey Island and 1991’s Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge) before leaving LucasArts. Three more games were made without his involvement but the recently announced Return To Monkey Island sees Gilbert returning to the franchise.

The upcoming title will pick up where LeChuck’s Revenge left off.

However, in a new blog post, Gilbert has hit back at so-called fans who have already criticised Return without playing it.

“It’s ironic that the people who don’t want me to make the game I want to make are some of the hard core fans. And that is what makes me sad about all the comments,” he wrote.

“When Dave (Grossman) and I first got together to talk about Return To Monkey Island, we had a nearly blank slate. We talked over ideas we’d had over the years including one of mine where Guybrush wakes up 3000 years in the future on a snowball Earth.”

In a post shared in 2013, Gilbert had explained what his plan would have been for the franchise going forward but “other Monkey Island games had already done much of that (by pure coincidence) and there was little point in rehashing it,” he said.

“I wanted the art in Return to be provocative, shocking, and not what everyone was expecting,” he continued, not wanting to use pixel art because it would box the new game in as a retro title.

“Return To Monkey Island is an incredible rollercoaster,” he continued. “Get on and have some fun or stomp out of the amusement park because it’s not exactly the rollercoaster you wanted,” he added before quoting that same 2013 post. “The game would be the game I wanted to make. I don’t want the pressure of trying to make the game you want me to make.”

No release date has been confirmed for Return but it’s due in 2022 and will feature an optional hint system to assist players.

In other news, development for Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time Remake has shifted hands, and will now be continued by a separate studio within Ubisoft.