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What would Monkey Island be nowdays,if Ron Gilbert had made his MI3 in 1992?

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If Ron had made his Monkey Island 3, I beleive that nowdays Monkey Island would be an old old game (like Day of the Tentacle)! And I think that never would be a sequel! Neither Curse, nor Escape, nor Tales! So i think that Monkey Island now would be an old good memory for all of us.. What do you think?

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  • It would have suffered the same fate as the King's Quest franchise.

  • The world of "what if" is useless at this point, IMO. For all we know, they could have dug through Ron's desk at work after he left and used the contents to put together Monkey Island 3.

    The game as we know it? I wouldn't have it any other way. (With the exception of better graphics for a very specific title, but I figure that'll happen eventually.) Maybe I'm alone in saying this, but there's some really good things that have come out of MI being what it is. The commentaries about pitching the game to Ron Gilbert (on the Tales disk) lead me to believe things wouldn't have been all that different anyway.

  • @MonkeyMania said: It would have suffered the same fate as the King's Quest franchise.

    Not quite. The King's Quest series had 7 point-and-click titles (8 doesn't really count.)

    Monkey Island may very well have stopped at 3 if Ron really had made his MI3 back in the day (which I still am not quite convinced he ever really planned to.)

  • Seeing how he clearly meant to end the franchise with the second game and never really had a secret to begin with, I'd say it would be a really shitty game.

  • Alternate History of Monkey Island
    Engine 1
    (1990) The Secret of Monkey Island
    (1991) Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
    (1992) Monkey Island 3: The Treasure of Big Whoop
    Engine 2 (DOTT/S&M)
    (1994) Monkey Island 4: The Curse of Davy Jones
    Engine 3 (Would-be CMI) The Cartoon Era
    (1996) Monkey Island 5: Blackbeard's Passage
    (1998) Monkey Island 6: The Stone of Untold Legend
    Engine 4 (Grim Fandango)
    (2000) Monkey Island 7: The Pirate Legacy

    Then Death

  • @MonkeyMania said: Alternate History of Monkey Island
    Engine 1
    (1990) The Secret of Monkey Island
    (1991) Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
    (1992) Monkey Island 3: The Treasure of Big Whoop
    Engine 2 (DOTT/S&M)
    (1994) Monkey Island 4: The Curse of Davy Jones
    Engine 3 (Would-be CMI) The Cartoon Era
    (1996) Monkey Island 5: Blackbeard's Passage
    (1998) Monkey Island 6: The Stone of Untold Legend
    Engine 4 (Grim Fandango)
    (2000) Monkey Island 7: The Pirate Legacy

    Then Death

    It would have been nice to experience a new monkey game every couple or so years instead of having to wait a decade. That said, the wait was worth it.;)

  • I guess it all depends on what Gilbert had in mind for his big finale. Nobody knows if there would be some irreversable ending that would prevent any sequels to happen, or if the ending would open up for more sequels or even prequels.

    Either way, IF the series had ended at three games, I'm sure that there would be ways to use the franchise even today in some way or other. For one, there could definately be a special edition. And second, I'm sure the series would be able to continue without having a continuing story. For example, Tales of Monkey Island could very well have been a series of short stories that happened between Monkey Island 1 and 2 - and for all we know, maybe even between MI2 and 3. Heck, maybe we'd get a Monkey Island Zero - the story of how Guybrush ended up wanting to be a pirate and his journey to Melee Island. Maybe a LeChuck's Origins - the tale of how LeChuck ended up as an undead pirate, destined to roam the sea for all eternity, had it not been for the bravery of a young wannabe pirate.

    There are so many possibilities, that I'm surprised we haven't seen MORE games than we have already.

  • @doodo! said: Seeing how he clearly meant to end the franchise with the second game and never really had a secret to begin with, I'd say it would be a really shitty game.

    Did he now? Is there a quote saying this somewhere? An interview? I'd love to see it. I know I've seen threads like this on the 'net before claiming a quote where his idea for an MI3 would actually fit snugly in the existing continuity.

    There's many arguments about what the ending of MI2 means, and frankly I don't find it as concrete as people seem to think it is. Taken as a whole, the ending wreaks of "The end....or is it?" Sheesh, before the appearance of Elaine mid-credits, I thought it was some kind of bizarro prequel.

    Now, maybe it was planned out differently. Maybe it was intended to continue as a Muppet Babies type thing where we got the crazy adventures of two kids' imaginations, but I don't see anything that implies that there would never be another game.

    For the record, I don't think there's a "secret" and that that was supposed to be a running gag. But I don't think that really has any bearing on whether or not more games were planned.

  • @Polychrome said: I don't see anything that implies that there would never be another game.

    The fact that he left LEC before ever taking the time to even start making it.


    Also, the fact that the end of MI2 is stupid and nonsensical implies that the storyline wasn't important enough to make a proper ending for. Why then should he have planned to make a third game when the ending of the second nearly throws the plot out the window?

    (by "nearly" I mean that CMI was still able to recover from it.)

  • What I was thinking to be honest. Either way everyone is entitled to their own piece and peace of mind.

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