'The Secret of Monkey Island' Isn't Getting A Sequel; If It Did Here's What It Would Be

By Chris LeJohn , Updated Apr 16, 2013 07:39 PM EDT
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Ron Gilbert, creator of the beloved yet frustratingly obtuse "The Secret of Monkey Island," says that he has no plans for a Monkey Island sequel, but he has thought about what the next installment would be like if he did. On Grumpy Gamer, his blog, he writes:

"It would be a retro game that harkened back to 'Monkey Island 1 and 2'. I'd do it as 'enhanced low-res'. Nice crisp retro art, but augmented by the hardware we have today: parallaxing, depth of field, warm glows, etc. All the stuff we wanted to do back in 1990 but couldn't. 'Monkey Island' deserves that. It's authentic. It doesn't need 3D. Yes, I've seen the video, it's very cool, but 'Monkey Island' wants to be what it is. I would want the game to be how we all remember 'Monkey Island.'"

While it is true that some people may have been let down by this, Ron Gilbert does a good job in elaborating the theoretical sequel in his blog where he continues speaking about how a Kickstarter campaign would work: "If I used Kickstarter, there would be no fancy videos of me trying to look charming (as if I could). No concept art or lofty promises or crazy stretch goals or ridiculous reward tiers. It would be raw and honest. It would be free of hype and distractions that keep me from making the best game I could. True, I wouldn't raise huge sums of money or break any records, but that's not what I want to do. I want to make a game.

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