Last Updated on July 31, 2023
Coming to Nintendo Switch and PC on September 19th, Return to Monkey Island is the long-awaited next installment of Guybrush Threepwood’s memorable saga.
Details of its impending release were revealed during Gamescom’s opening night live event, and wannabe pirates can now pre-order the gamem which has been penned by its original collaborators Ron Gilbert and Dave Grossman, with stunning new visuals by Rex Crowle (Knights & Bikes, Tearaway), an all-new score from the original composers, and Dominic Armato returning as the voice of Guybrush Threepwood.
But what is this latest game about? From the accompanying video:
Return to Monkey Island is an unexpected, thrilling return of series creator Ron Gilbert that continues the story of the legendary adventure games The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge developed in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games.
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.
It may not be the original retro title, but Return to Monkey Island has much to recommend to fans of the original games and will include all new intuitive controls, accessibility features and even a few jokes. Head to returntomonkeyisland.com to learn more and enjoy the point-and-click user interface.
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