Ah yes.. the long-awaited return to Monkey Island is almost upon us. Return to Monkey Island was first teased in April, developed by Ron Gilbert’s Terrible Toybox in collaboration with Devolver Digital and Lucasfilm Games, and now we have gameplay to look at.
However, there have been mixed reactions from fans, some love the new art style and some question it. That said, what the trailer also has is plenty of callbacks to the original series and delivers heavily on fan service. But will that be enough?
We have faith in Ron Gilbert and trust that he will deliver on the magic we grew up with in the ’90s. Sure, there have been other sequels to the Monkey Island games, The Curse of Monkey Island (1997), Escape from Monkey Island (2000) and Tales of Monkey Island (2009), but they were sequels not done by Ron Gilbert himself.
Here’s the full synopsis of Return to Monkey Island:
Return to Monkey Island is an unexpected, thrilling return of series creator Ron Gilbert that continues the story of the legendary adventure games The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge developed in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games.
It’s been many years since Guybrush Threepwood was last locked in a battle of wits with his nemesis, the zombie pirate LeChuck. His true love, Elaine Marley, has turned her focus away from governing and Guybrush himself is adrift and unfulfilled, having never found the Secret of Monkey Island. Hip, young pirate leaders led by Captain Madison have shuffled the old guard from power, Melee Island has taken a turn for the worse, and famed businessman Stan has been imprisoned for ‘marketing-related crimes’.
Banter with old friends and new faces on familiar islands now under dangerous new leadership. Then, take to the high seas and explore the new and unknown as you work your way out of tough predicaments. Clever puzzles, bizarre situations, and devastating ripostes are all that stand between Guybrush and glory.
Return to Monkey Island sets sail on PC (via Steam) and Nintendo Switch sometime in 2022.