In the pantheon of old school point-and-click adventure games, one of the most wonderful franchises among the bunch is that of Monkey Island. A classic of the glory days of Lucasfilm Games, Monkey Island was a product of the equally legendary Ron Gilbert of Maniac Mansion fame, but the franchise has rested dormant for quite a while… until now. Devolver Digital and Lucasfilm Games have officially announced a new Return to Monkey Island game and Ron Gilbert’s Terrible Toybox studio will lead development for a 2022 release.
Lucasfilm, Devolver, and Gilbert himself shared the reveal of Return to Monkey Island with a teaser trailer on April 4, 2022. According to Devolver Digital’s Twitter post on the game, Return to Monkey Island will be a Gilbert-led adventure that picks up where The Secret of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge left off. It’s also slated for a release sometime in 2022, meaning the game has already spent some time in secret development as Ron Gilbert confirmed in his own post.
Fans of the Monkey Island games should be thrilled to see a new game come from the franchise, and from Ron Gilbert no less. There has only been a little activity in regards to Monkey Island for the past few years. Limited Run Games did a release of a Monkey Island Premium Edition in 2020. However, Ron Gilbert has also done other projects at Terrible Toybox, including 2017’s delightful Thimbleweed Park. During this time, Lucasfilm Games also saw a rebirth in 2021 and has since been working on a number of games related to licenses under the company.
With Return to Monkey Island confirmed for a launch sometime in 2022, there are a great many details we’re still waiting to see. Stay tuned as we await further updates such as launch dates and platforms later this year.