Ron Gilbert sheds more light on returning to Monkey Island in new interview

Ron Gilbert, the mind behind Monkey Island, confirmed another installment in the classic franchise earlier this month. The sixth installment, Return to Monkey Island, will feature Gilbert’s return with Dave Grossman, who collaborated with Secret of Monkey Island and LeChuck’s Revenge.

In an interview with, Gilbert and Grossman shared a bit more about Return to Monkey Island. Despite Gilbert’s distaste for April Fool’s Day, here’s what he had to say about announcing that he might be working on a new Monkey Island game on April 1 before officially announcing it a few days later.

“Maybe it was around the time I wrote If I was doing another thing on Monkey Island [in 2013]and I just thought, you know, it was a weird fantasy, I was like oh, I’d buy the rights back, and I’d announce it on April 1, and that would be awesome,” Gilbert said.

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Gilbert also touched on his famous reluctance to make a new Monkey Island game unless he owns the IP.

“I think the biggest thing, rather than owning it, was that I really wanted to have creative freedom. I didn’t want to make a game and have someone tell me what I should do. It didn’t is not a job for- So that was probably more important than owning it, it was being able to make the game that we wanted to make.

Two years ago, the whole situation came to a head when Gilbert met with a representative from Digital Devolver, who in turn put him in touch with the licensing manager at Lucasfilm. Shortly after this meeting, Gilbert flew to Grossman to seriously discuss what they would do with another Monkey Island game.

“We just debated all kinds of ideas and discussed the themes and what we want to say in the game, all that stuff,” Gilbert said.

For the sequel, Gilbert says he’ll take a more hands-on approach to game development. Currently, he has a team of twenty-five working on Return To Monkey Island, which will feature a “modern” art style. Gilbert explained that the reasoning for changing the art style was that he wanted to “embrace something new”.

Gilbert also explained how important it has always been to him that Return To Monkey begins where Monkey Island 2 ends, so it will pick up at the amusement park where the second Monkey Island left off.

Return To Monkey Island will retain the classic point-and-click style, but with a more evolved interface. It should be released later this year.

Luis Joshua Gutierrez is a freelance writer for IGN.

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