Return to Monkey Island developer Ron Gilbert expressed his “sadness” at the negative reaction that the upcoming title received regarding its art style compared to the classic titles.
The developer discussed the backlash from fans as well as his feelings towards the reaction in a blog post where he stated that it makes him “sad” to see fans bashing the upcoming Monkey Island game.
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“It’s ironic that the people who don’t want me to make the game I want to make are some of the hard-core Monkey Island fans. And that is what makes me sad about all the comments. Return to Monkey Island may not be the art style you wanted or were expecting but it’s the art style I wanted.”
The current lead on the sequel’s art is artist and designer Rex Crowle who has previously worked on Little Big Planet, Tearaway Knigths, and Bikes. Gilbert had nothing but adoration for Crowle in his blog post stating:
“Rex is an amazing creative force and we have a team of incredible artists, animators, sound designers, programmers, and testers all pouring their souls into this game and it’s beautiful to see, play, and listen to.”
Monkey Island is a point-and-click adventure game series that first released in 1990 with the second just a year later in 1991. Ron Gilbert was the creator, co-designer, and co-writer of the original titles. After Gilbert left LucasArts the game series followed up with three more titles – The Curse of Monkey Island, Escape from Monkey Island, and Tales of Monkey Island.
Return to Monkey Island promises to return to its roots with an interactive narrative set in the same point-and-click adventure style from the original releases. It is currently in development at Terribly Toybox.
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Source: Ron Gilbert