Return to Monkey Island details: Hint system and easy mode teased
Back to Monkey Island exactly will not return everything fans can remember.
In a recent (and rare!) interview with Ars Technica gathered by the folks at Eurogamer, Monkey Island co-creators Ron Gilbert and Dave Grossman offered the first hints of a planned sequel. What a long wait might look like.
While both are tight-lipped about Back to Monkey Island going back, they’re open about some of the things they’d like to change.
“It is a New Game Monkey Island is more than again The Monkey Island game, it’s a small difference, but an important one,” said Grossman.
Two of the new things in the shop: the hint system and the normal mode. In most other video games (except maybe a FromSoftware title) this wouldn’t be a big deal, but with a Monkey Island title it should be. The sequel to Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge (Back to Monkey Island will skip three sequels without Ron Gilbert), Back to Monkey Island is following the pinnacle of classic adventure games, known not only for their wit, charm, and characters, but also for their extreme puzzles that encourage players to embrace the game’s sometimes absurd logic Play and find out everything the developers have hidden in each scene.
But it’s been 31 years since Monkey Island 2 Gilbert said. According to Ars Technica:
A big part of the reason he changed his mind, says Gilbert, was simply the rise of the Internet. In the early ’90s, before Internet access was ubiquitous, being stuck with completely insurmountable puzzles was just “what [adventure game] players expect,” he said. However, today, “if [players] there’s no built-in suggestion system, they just go to the web and … read the instructions. “To prevent that, Back to Monkey Island would include a suggestion system that has been designed to make sense “in the imagination,” says Gilbert. It will provide “more than one instruction.”
The entire interview is well worth reading —Gilbert and Grossman are both school-age legends who don’t like to place their weight on game history, but are always incredibly insightful, even when they’re tough.
Back to Monkey Island slated for release later this year.
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