Ron Gilbert, creator of the Monkey Island point-and-click series, will no longer discuss or reveal his upcoming game: Return to Monkey Island.
Ever since Gilbert debuted the game via a trailer in Tuesday’s Nintendo Direct, he’s received a slew of abusive comments from fans about the game’s new art style. Starting with Gilbert’s blog (Grumpy Gamer), he turns off comments entirely. But that’s not all. Gilbert also says he’s done with the post Return to Monkey Island at all. After defending the game and team on his blog, he ended with, “The joy of sharing was driven by me.”
Return to Monkey Island’s art style is a major departure from the series’ pixel-to-Disney visuals. Instead, the game takes on a more abstract style and has more in common with newer games such as guacamole than the previous Monkey Island games.
Fans don’t seem too keen on the change, but in a previous blog post (captured by Eurogamer) it got a new look because that’s what the creator wanted. “Return to Monkey Island might not be the art style you wanted or expected, but it’s the art style I wanted,” said Gilbert.
Damn good job, everyone.
(I’ve seen a lot of passionate but polite/polite-adjacent discussions, but the comments on Ron’s blog were a total shitshow.) pic.twitter.com/BUBoPdU1fS
— Dominic Armato (@SkilletDoux) June 30, 2022
While Gilbert is done talking now Return to Monkey Islandthe voice actor of the series protagonist Guybrush Threepwood – Dominic Armato – went to twitter defending both Gilbert and the game itself.
Since Tuesday, Armato shared his thoughts with the fans about the game – especially the change in graphic style, which players react badly to. Armato (who says he beat the game this spring) gushed over the art and shared his general surprise at the poison some fans were spewing at Gilbert and the team – Gilbert himself retweeted the thread for support.
Armato ended his discussion of Return to Monkey Island on Twitter with a simple but powerful statement In defense of the development team: “Whatever you want Monkey Island to become, I’m going to put myself to the test and suggest that making this a chore rather than a joy for the developers is the quickest way to do it making sure this isn’t the case will be something for everyone.”
As of this writing, Gilbert’s blog is closed and it’s unclear how long it will remain so. However, it seems that fans have heard the last of Return to Monkey Island until release later this year.
https://www.polygon.com/23189602/return-to-monkey-island-ron-gilbert-art-style-guybrush-threepwood-blog Returned to Monkey Island and fell silent after fans were snubbed about the art style