The creator of Monkey Island has obviously had enough of the criticism, and has announced that he intends to take some distance.
The announcement caused a stir a few months ago: Monkey Island is back. More than 30 years after his first adventures on Melee Island, Guybrush Threepwood to resume service, and go fight the terrible LeChuck. On the side of the fans, the news sounds like a consecration. For several years now, Ron Gilbert had never hidden his desire to continue the saga. A project until then refused by Disney, owner of the license since the acquisition of LucasArts.
After years of not wanting to give Monkey Island to its creator, nor considering the slightest exploitation of the video game license, Disney has finally changed its tune. An agreement has been reached, and Return to Monkey Island should see the light of day before the end of the year.
Yes, but here it is: as often with cult licenses, the new artistic and narrative choices of point’n’click are not unanimous. Faced with the vehemence of some, Ron Gilbert has also taken a radical decision: he will no longer communicate on his game. Before closing the comment space on his blog, the developer explained: “People are just being mean and I have to delete the personal attack comments. It’s an incredible game and everyone in the team is very proud of it. Play it or don’t play it, but don’t spoil it for others. I won’t share anything more about Return to Monkey Island“.
Bang up job, everybody.
(I’ve seen a lot of passionate but polite/polite-adjacent discussion going on, but the comments on Ron’s blog were a total shitshow.)
— Dominic Armato (@SkilletDoux)
Hailed by the original actor of Guybrush Threepwood Dominic Armato, this decision is only the logical continuation of the author’s previous positions on the subject of his new game. At the time already, many Internet users had regretted the new graphic direction taken by the license. Last May, Ron Gilbert defended himself by explaining “Return to Monkey Island may not be the art style you wanted or expected, but it’s the art style I wanted”.