Ron Gilbert’s adventure series Monkey Island is an immortal classic that a whole generation of gamers in the 1990s grew up on. And now, after a 13-year break, a new game is being prepared for release – Return to Monkey Island, for the development of which old good Lucasfilm Games, Ron Gilbert himself and his Terrible Toybox studio and Devolver Digital publisher joined their efforts. The game will be released this year, and finally, we saw the first gameplay trailer of the project.

Familiar music, seemingly familiar characters… but a completely different visual style and it’s a bit confusing.

On the other hand, this is the first game since 1991 to be led by Ron Gilbert himself, who positions it as… Monkey Island 3a. That is, everything we saw in The Curse of Monkey Island (1997), Escape from Monkey Island (2000), and Tales of Monkey Island (2009) (this game was actually created by Telltale Games) is not canon, and the plot of Return to Monkey Island continues the story of the classic Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge (1991), by the way, it was one of the first games that the author played on his own PC.

Return to Monkey Island will be released by the end of 2022 on PC on Steam and on Nintendo Switch.

P.S. How do you like the new visual style?