Ron Gilbert is sad about the negative reaction to the artistic style of Return to Monkey Island

Ron Gilbert said the reaction of some fans to the Return to Monkey Island art style made him “sad”.

In a blog post, the developer discussed the reaction he received from some fans due to the change in art style between the classic Monkey Island titles and Return to Monkey Island.

“It’s ironic that 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 saddens me about all the comments.

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“Back to Monkey Island may not be the art style you wanted or expected, but it’s the art style I wanted.”

Rex Crowle, the artist and designer behind LittleBigPlanet, Tearaway and Knights and Bikes, confirmed on Twitter that he runs the art for Return to Monkey Island.

Gilbert also praises Crowle in a blog post.

“Rex is an amazing creative force and we have a team of amazing artists, animators, sound designers, programmers and testers who pour their soul into this game and it’s nice to see, play and listen to.”

Monkey Island is a series of adventure games. The first two parts were released in 1990 and 1991, following the crashes of Guybrush Threepwood as he struggled to become the most notorious pirate in the Caribbean.

After the departure of creator Ron Gilbert of LucasArts in 1995, the company continued to create three further parts; The Curse of Monkey Island (1997), Escape from Monkey Island (2000) and Tales of Monkey Island (2009).

Gilbert’s latest video game releases were Double Fine The Cave (2013) and Thumbleweed Park from 2017, which was the first game he created with the new Terrible Toybox studio.