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Return to Monkey Island gets a first gameplay trailer

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Return to Monkey Island, the continuation of the story from he Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge now has a first gameplay trailer. With a return of series creator Ron Gilbert and developed in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games, it's certainly an exciting game to keep an eye on.

Today, Devolver Digital released the first trailer you can see below:

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About it:

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.

We don't quite know what platforms it will be on yet as it's all "TBA" (to be announced).

You can follow it on Steam.

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Spyker 30 Jun
I'm not a big fan of the art direction but this is going too far...
https://twitter.com/Liquidream/status/1542372459743256577?t=fUnwvlLe9c4nu0y6M5ReKg&s=19
TheSHEEEP 30 Jun
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Ahhh, yes.

1. Release long awaited game with very divisive X.
2. People complain about X (and some few take it too far and make it personal).
3. Shut down all commenting because "everyone's so negative!" (which really isn't the case).
4. Refuse further engagement, because only positivity is desired but that obviously cannot be enforced.

Classic.

If people want to see what the fuzz is all about (right now, the website is down):
https://web.archive.org/web/20220629185751/https://grumpygamer.com/rtmi_trailer
I assume that that one already had the worst comments removed, but I'm not sure. At least I'm not seeing more than a handful there that feel like they needs removal.

Seriously, some people nowadays are not able to take criticism anymore, unless it is padded in cotton and coated with honey.
When did they become so fragile? Or maybe they always were, but social media / internet has made it easier to be confronted with unfiltered opinions.

If you expect everyone around you to be diplomatic, maybe go into politics.
Cause "normal" people sure aren't holding back online and will occasionally get irrational.
stylon 30 Jun
Quoting: SpykerI'm not a big fan of the art direction but this is going too far...
https://twitter.com/Liquidream/status/1542372459743256577?t=fUnwvlLe9c4nu0y6M5ReKg&s=19

Don't know what was said specifically so I'm not defending anyone but surely he must have expected the change in style to be controversial?

Never had this problem of things being ripped apart on social media before they had even released back in the day. You just got a magazine review and possibly word of mouth from your mates and that was it. Simpler times indeed.
TheSHEEEP 30 Jun
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Quoting: stylonDon't know what was said specifically so I'm not defending anyone but surely he must have expected the change in style to be controversial?
I think this is the problem.
Some people move only within their very limited bubbles, especially in the games industry. And those bubbles then have extremely limited diversity (of opinion).
I can 100% imagine someone like Gilbert being mostly surrounded with yes-men and even if someone didn't like that art style, they most likely shut up about it as to not interrupt the positivity.

And then being shocked that actually his bubble didn't represent the real world accurately.

It's still blown out of proportion, though.
I won't play the game due to hating that art style, as will a lot of others I imagine. It simply was not a good choice and they will lose customers over it.
But the game will likely do well, regardless - it's a Monkey Island, after all.


Last edited by TheSHEEEP on 30 June 2022 at 11:19 am UTC
mr-victory 30 Jun
Quoting: https://web.archive.org/web/20220629185751/https://grumpygamer.com/rtmi_trailerRon Gilbert 1d ago
It will be released on the Mac. 90% of the programming team is on the Mac. Windows is the "port".
Another game to throw at Wine / Proton. Yay. I hope I am wrong but I don't think so.
stylon 30 Jun
Quoting: TheSHEEEPI can 100% imagine someone like Gilbert being mostly surrounded with yes-men and even if someone didn't like that art style, they most likely shut up about it as to not interrupt the positivity.

And then being shocked that actually his bubble didn't represent the real world accurately.

It's still blown out of proportion, though.
I won't play the game due to hating that art style, as will a lot of others I imagine. It simply was not a good choice and they will lose customers over it.
But the game will likely do well, regardless - it's a Monkey Island, after all.

I did a quick scroll through the comments of the archived site and couldn't see anything particularly heinous, just a fairly even mix of love it/hate it posts. If that's the reason he's shut down the comments then on the face of it it does seem like a pretty childish thing to do.

I too won't be getting the game purely because of the way it looks but I'd hazard a guess that we are part of a small vocal minority and like you said it will still do well regardless.


Last edited by stylon on 30 June 2022 at 11:48 am UTC
Very nice adventure gaming year turning out. Return to Monkey Island, Return of the Amazon Queen, Ken and Roberta Williams' Colossal Cave 3D, Blade Runner Enhanced etc.

Found another upcoming new one too, Splittown https://splittowngame.com looks like Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango style!
stylon 30 Jun
Quoting: heidi.wengerVery nice adventure gaming year turning out. Return to Monkey Island, Return of the Amazon Queen, Ken and Roberta Williams' Colossal Cave 3D, Blade Runner Enhanced etc.

Found another upcoming new one too, Splittown https://splittowngame.com looks like Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango style!

Have you seen the reviews for BladeRunner 'Enhanced'. By all accounts it would appear to be the exact opposite...
Ketil 30 Jun
Quoting: TheSHEEEP
Quoting: stylonDon't know what was said specifically so I'm not defending anyone but surely he must have expected the change in style to be controversial?
I think this is the problem.
Some people move only within their very limited bubbles, especially in the games industry. And those bubbles then have extremely limited diversity (of opinion).
I can 100% imagine someone like Gilbert being mostly surrounded with yes-men and even if someone didn't like that art style, they most likely shut up about it as to not interrupt the positivity.

And then being shocked that actually his bubble didn't represent the real world accurately.

It's still blown out of proportion, though.
I won't play the game due to hating that art style, as will a lot of others I imagine. It simply was not a good choice and they will lose customers over it.
But the game will likely do well, regardless - it's a Monkey Island, after all.
My first reaction to the trailer was: Wow, this is awesome. Everything is perfect. I'm so looking forward to the game.

Then I became aware of the criticisms. I think it is sad to see so many people say they find the art style off-putting and that they won't play the game. I feel that the game designers nailed it. They did something new that still has the monkey island feeling to it.

It's one thing to say that the art style doesn't appeal to you, and another to claim the people in the team didn't feel safe giving their opinions on where it was going.


Last edited by Ketil on 30 June 2022 at 1:22 pm UTC
Quoting: stylon
Quoting: heidi.wengerVery nice adventure gaming year turning out. Return to Monkey Island, Return of the Amazon Queen, Ken and Roberta Williams' Colossal Cave 3D, Blade Runner Enhanced etc.

Found another upcoming new one too, Splittown https://splittowngame.com looks like Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango style!

Have you seen the reviews for BladeRunner 'Enhanced'. By all accounts it would appear to be the exact opposite...

Well i have eyeballed some of it. Maybe out of proportion aswell. I read the ORIGINAL is included with the purchase so... One thing i right out understand is that apprantely some sections of the game are missing from the Enhanced. Maybe Nightdive Studios works them in later price is not too harsh in any case as its about 8 bucks!

Videogaming seems some serious business
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