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Lucasarts - Monkey Island 5 for reals?

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So, apparently, Lucasarts are due to announce a brand new game title, which goes "back to their roots". With new president Daryll Rodriguez, who is said to be a huge adventure game fan, i'm putting my money on a brand new original Monkey Island title. The reason for this? Simples, both Lucasarts and telltale have created Monkey Island mania recently. LA have released the Mi:SE and telltale are weening us back on guybrush's teet with Tales. We are hooked and i think it's a no-brainer that LA will make a bundle on this as they've started the renaissance of adventure gaming and MI is hot property at the moment.

All the old titles have been made available via Steam downloads and we are all feeling the point and click nostalgia. We've got the fever, and they can finally make a profit on this once dying genre. Not only that but these games we love so much are finding new homes on an increasing amount of platforms. The Wii's wand system supports point and click interface and we've already seen games like Broken Sword and Zack and Wiki, which not only appeal to existing fans but are drawing in a new audience. Combine that with telltales contribution of their titles to WiiWare and we can see it an obvious choice to cater for an all new title from LA. MI:SE has been released on XBOX LIVE so, again, console gamers are getting sucked into the world of pointing and clicking, it can only be a good thing!

There's no better way to kick off the resurgence of adventure games than an all new MI title, it's the logical choice. We get what we've dreamed off for the last 10 years since the release of the last "true" Monkey Island, and Lucasarts make a bundle by cashing in on Guybrush fever. I'm not saying it's a bad thing to cash in on this, i'm just saying that now it's profitable, it will happen sooner or later.

Even if this big announcement that's got me so excited isn't Monkey Island 5, it's going to be awesome either way as we could be getting an all new adventure game altogether, or maybe Grim Fandango 2?

Your thoughts?

http://www.gametrailers.com/video/episode-222-gametrailers-tv/55677

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    @Duate said: Tales takes place AFTER the imaginary 5th game. there's a whole plot in there that's missing that gets wrapped up at the beginning of tales.

    sequentially yes, it's the 5th game because there were four before it.

    But as far as narrative is concerned, it's the 6th game. I'll take narrative importance over counting importance any day.

    When you watch the Phantom Menace, do you call it "Star Wars Episode 4," just because there were three star wars movies before it? No. It's Episode 1 because it comes first in the narrative. It's first in the overall story.

    Same with ToMI. It comes 6th in the story, so it is not Monkey Island 5.

    We called it Monkey Island 6 for a while as a joke, but saying "there was a fifth game in between" doesn't mean you should actually see that game, or that it actually exists. The whole point was to say "time has passed between Escape from Monkey Island and Tales of Monkey Island -- the characters have gone on some more adventures, grown a little, learned some things, and probably healed some continuity wounds in the process." The point wasn't "there will be another game between Escape and Tales" -- that would be silly! You'd spend the whole game assembling a cursed cutlass, chasing LeChuck down to make him stop harvesting monkeys, and then right before you could go to take out LeChuck and save Elaine, the game would end and say "To be continued in Tales of Monkey Island!" Actually, that would be pretty amazing, but it would definitely be unfulfilling, I think!

  • The way I see it, Tales isn't Monkey 5. It's not Monkey 6 either. It exists in the same world, but it'll never be connected to the story that has been continuing in the first 4 games other than references. It's somewhere way in the future, just like how Jason X sits in the Friday the 13th timeline.

    It's the start of it's own Monkey Island adventure. Hopefully there's more seasons and Tales will be seen as Tales Season 1 and not Monkey 5.

  • @Jake said: Man we need to break out the old jump to conclusions mat in here. I know absolutely nothing about what LucasArts is announcing (I wish I did!), but just because there are achievements doesn't mean that its just for Xbox 360. Given that they haven't announced anything about this game, except for some leaked achievements and the teased screenshot on their blog, how are people claiming to know so much about everything, and are making judgments and decisions based on that? I know its the internet and all, so that's of course fair game, but, heh.

    lol yeah, I guess you are right. It's just that I read somewhere else that it was an XBox 360 exclusive and I'm so annoyed at consoles exclusives.

    Thankfully the new Lucasarts administration seems like cool guys, nice enough to allow us all to have MI games again.

    And for all the MI 5 affair, I think it's better for us all to forget about it. Tales of Monkey Island is doing quite a nice job to continue the franchise and I like that it is moving it forward and not stuck in nostalgia and self references. Let just stop to put number in MI games. They haven't been after Le Chuck's Revenge.

  • Looks like it was lucidity after all, but i think it was quite exciting to hear Daryll Rodriguez stating that he'd like to get the old team back together to work on some new titles. Looks like we could be in for some treats over the next few years. LA can put out all the starwars titles they want out so long as they use this "bread and butter" to fund some new original adventure games.

    Hearing, from the horses mouth, that the new MI ventures have been profitable for LA and have surpassed expectations i think it's safe to say that they will definitely be investing some of that well earned starwars dollar in some cool new adventure games.

    It's been great that Telltale have brought back some of these classics and i'll continue to buy the titles they release but its also reassuring to know that other companies can see that there's profit to be made on investing in adventure titles and they're now following suit. It's only a good thing for us!

    Now, lets get a mighty petition going to send to LA and tell them exactly what the fans want, maybe they'll listen and make it!!

  • While it's nice that LucasArts are expressing an interest in the type of games they used to make, I was really hoping that this announcement wasn't a new Monkey Island game. And I'm glad it ultimately wasn't.

    I hope, even with their renewed interest in adventure gaming, they continue to let Telltale develop the Monkey Island series, because while LA has an INTEREST they definitely don't have a PASSION for this area, and any future games will not be developed with the same love and attention they get here. And of course, one day they'll decide that this type of gaming isn't "commercially viable" and we'll have and Sam & Max: Freelance Police situation all over again...

  • @syrup said: i think it was quite exciting to hear Daryll Rodriguez stating that he'd like to get the old team back together to work on some new titles.


    The single best thing about the video... He said this in a very similar "I know this WILL happen but we can't talk about it" kind of way as Ron Gilbert did about making a new MI game.

    I wonder once Dave, Tim and Ron have their respective games released, it would be too exciting for words to get the dream team back together!

    (What are Mike Levine & Larry Ahern doing these days?)

  • I hope it's a MI:2 and Curse In a Bundle.

  • @syrup said: Looks like it was lucidity after all

    Yep.

  • @Duate said: Tales takes place AFTER the imaginary 5th game. there's a whole plot in there that's missing that gets wrapped up at the beginning of tales.

    sequentially yes, it's the 5th game because there were four before it.

    But as far as narrative is concerned, it's the 6th game. I'll take narrative importance over counting importance any day.

    When you watch the Phantom Menace, do you call it "Star Wars Episode 4," just because there were three star wars movies before it? No. It's Episode 1 because it comes first in the narrative. It's first in the overall story.

    Same with ToMI. It comes 6th in the story, so it is not Monkey Island 5.

    did you ever play Laisure Suit Larry 4?

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