Ron Gilbert is the original writer and director of The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge. He took a bit of a detour into producing and straight design work after LucasArts, but is currently back in the thick of things. He's wrapping up work on his new title, The Cave, which is scheduled for release in January. With work wrapping up on The Cave, I wonder what he's going to work on this -- oh what's this, several tweets about Monkey Island? Time to speculate.
Normally, Ron Gilbert tweeting about Monkey Island probably wouldn't be an abnormal thing. After all, he did create the damn franchise. There are many things going on right now that absolutely demand some speculation, however, and I've never been one to walk away from healthy speculation:
- Ron Gilbert is wrapping up a previous project. Yes, with The Cave likely going gold sometime soon, it's fair to assume Ron Gilbert is considering his next project.
- Ron Gilbert works at Double Fine. Yes, that Double Fine that just received millions of dollars in community funding to make a new adventure game. Tim Schafer, if anyone, would be the first to say: people want adventure games, people with pay for adventure games, let's pay Ron Gilbert to make another Monkey Island game.
- Ron Gilbert is tweeting Monkey Island related tweets in a very marketing teaser sort of way. We can almost certainly assume Ron isn't an idiot and realizes tweeting about Monkey Island, especially in such a teaserish manner, will lead to speculation. Thus, it's probably safe to assume he's doing it in order to create speculation.
- Ron Gilbert needs to make another Monkey Island game already. Period.
Okay, so I freely admit I'm really going out on a limb here, because I'd love to see Ron Gilbert make another Monkey Island adventure game. It's probably unreasonable to assume such a thing based off a few pictures coming off of a guy's Twitter feed, but I figure why not write a post about it? I figure the worst that could happen is it proves to be a joke on Ron's part, I stir up some Monkey Island excitement, and we all go on knowing people still want more Monkey Island.
Or, I could be right, and Ron Gilbert is working on a new Monkey Island game. Either way, check out Ron's other game The Cave when it releases in January on PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U.
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