Ron Gilbert’s had enough with the fact that there’s a member of the audience who doesn’t like anything about the new Monkey Island game.
Since the Return to Monkey Island announcement, there have been a few bumpy moments. The game is being made by Gilbert’s studio (Terrible Toybox) in association with Devolver Digital and Lucasfilm Games. Earlier, Gilbert responded to his critics about the art style, saying, “It’s ironic that the people who don’t want me to make the game I want to make are some of the hardcore Monkey Island fans. And that is what makes me sad about all the comments. Return to Monkey Island is an incredible rollercoaster. Get on and have some fun or stomp out of the amusement park because it’s not exactly the rollercoaster you wanted. I hope you’ll jump on with the rest of us.”
Below video was recently released and has also divided the fan camp. It’s worth knowing about Gilbert that he talks to his fans often, and he’s also checked out the comments section here. Critics have been quite… ahem, vitriolic in their wording, to which he has responded, and an avalanche has resulted. Gilbert wrote, “I’m shutting down comments. People are just being mean, and I must delete personal attack comments. It’s an amazing game, and everyone on the team is very proud. Play it or don’t play it, but don’t ruin it for everyone else. I won’t be posting any more about the game. The joy of sharing has been driven from me.”
The voice of Guybrush Threepwood, Dominic Armato, congratulated everyone (sarcastically) because although Gilbert’s blog had a tasteless comments section, he saw many passionate yet polite and restrained comments from others. And Gilbert has deleted his blog (Grumpy Gamer, aptly named), which he has run since 2004. It is not the first time he has been upset by online comments, and the name is apt: he has often said things in anger, which he has later retracted. That being said, it would not be a big surprise if Gilbert later starts talking again about the game, which has been in development for two years and has been a massive achievement in keeping it secret all this time.
The game will be released first for Nintendo Switch and PC.