Ron Gilbert responded to fans dissatisfied with the Return to Monkey Island art style, stating “Back to Monkey Island may not be the art style you wanted or expected, but it’s the art style I wanted.”
In an honest blog post, Gilbert said the game has “a team of amazing artists, animators, sound designers, programmers and testers pouring their soul into this game and that it’s nice to see, play and listen to”.
As Victoria summed up so perfectly for us earlier this week, the Monkey Island series has taken on a new look, as has a new creative team in its third outing, The Curse of Monkey Island. However, this new artistic style was not only due to the change in management behind the development of the game, but also because of the tools used behind the scenes, and not all fans are happy with the new look.
“Back to Monkey Island may not be the art style you wanted or expected, but it’s the art style I wanted,” Ron Gilbert explained in a blog post (thank you, VGC). “When I started this game, my biggest fear was that Disney wouldn’t let me make the game I wanted to make, but it was wonderful to work with them.
“It’s ironic that the people who don’t want me to make the game I want to make are some of the die-hard Monkey Island fans. And that’s what makes me sad because of all the comments.”
Thinking about the “amazing rollercoaster” of Return to Monkey Island, Gilbert suggested that we either “get in and have fun or get out of the amusement park because it’s not exactly the rollercoaster you wanted”.
“I don’t want pressure to try to make the game you want me to make,” he wrote at the end. “I would disappear for a long time. I wouldn’t keep you up to date with news or feed the hype machine. I would show things that excited or amused me. If you let me do those things, you’ll like the game. That, I promise.”
ICYMI, Return to Monkey Island will continue after the event in Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge and head to the amusement park. There is still no firm release date, but the game is expected to be released later this year.