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New Monkey Island Rumoured, False

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the threep-wood-f-t-w dept.

Games 73

The British Gaming Blog dispels a rumour floating through the internets this week. The site Rumor Reporter is claiming knowledge of a new Monkey Island game in the works at LucasArts. Coincidentally, Steve Purcell (creator of the Sam and Max series) sends some concept art to the Monkey Island fansite The World of Monkey Island. As McBacon, at the BGB says, this is probably just interesting timing. "As much as we'd all love to believe a new Monkey Island is in the works (even after Escape from MI), and as great as the coincidence is, Steve doesn't even work at Lucas Arts anymore, so the dots just don't join up. Don't hold your breath for E3, but enjoy the concept art." Update: 06/13 19:12 GMT by Z : Added the crucial but missing words 'Sam and Max' to the article.

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73 comments

The collective groan (0, Troll)

DaveWick79 (939388) | more than 7 years ago | (#19481371)

Boy, I can hear the collective groan from the millions of Monkey Island fans on /.

On second thought, it's awful quiet in here...

Re:The collective groan (1)

RingDev (879105) | more than 7 years ago | (#19481575)

Hey, I loved MI1 and MI2!!!

-Rick

Re:The collective groan (1)

MrNiceguy_KS (800771) | more than 7 years ago | (#19483361)

Actually, I loved MI3. The animation was great, the voice acting was superb, and I loved the music. (I taught my daughter the "Monkey In My Pocket" song when she was about 3.) I also thought the Guybrush character in MI3 seemed much more consistent with MI1 than MI2 did - MI3 seemed to do a much better job of capturing the "pirate wannabe" persona. I realize that a lot of die-hard Monkey Island fans consider MI3 the point where the series started to decline, and they're certainly entitled to their opinion. (But they're wrong:-)

MI4 was a big disappointment, though. It felt very much like a case of, "We did this in 3D because we could, and everyone else is doing 3D." Not that there's anything wrong with 3D Adventure Games -- Grim Fandango was absolutely amazing. But because of the writing, not because it was 3D. (And for the anal-retentive, yes, I know GF used 2D backgrounds.)

Like a lot of /.ers, I really miss LucasArts making adventure games. I loved their philosophy of mostly logical puzzles and not killing me every time I clicked on the wrong pixel. I was glad to see TellTale pick up Sam and Max, although I haven't had a chance to play it yet. But I really miss the glory days of Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, and The Dig.

Re:The collective groan (1)

Stanistani (808333) | more than 7 years ago | (#19482185)

Probably a red herring. Let's see if we can pick it up.

Re:The collective groan (2, Funny)

s4m7 (519684) | more than 7 years ago | (#19483101)

Is the groan at the uselessness of this "article?"

Let's re-summarize:

"There was a rumor that might excite you, but it's not true."

Wow, the level of content is staggering.

Re:The collective groan (1)

DaveWick79 (939388) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486215)

As someone alluded to in another post, something said without a source is probably not true. So since the site proclaiming there to not be another version coming out, does not have a source - therefore there must be a new version coming out. Maybe it is just the off the wall, kind of using several paragraphs to proclaim that what never was, will not happen, is enough for the collective groan.

Imagine a story such as:
In breaking news, Microsoft has just released Microsoft Linux. However, this rumor is false. Sorry to waste your time, folks.

Yeah. Groan.

What about Ron? (2, Interesting)

cHALiTO (101461) | more than 7 years ago | (#19481389)

I wouldn't touch a MI game with a laser pointer if Ron Gilbert isn't designing it.

Also, there's no such thing as MI3 or 4 (especially 4), I've removed them from my memory, and I'll deny them until Ron does a *real* MI3 :)

Re:What about Ron? (1)

3on3 (1007539) | more than 7 years ago | (#19481749)

What have you got against MI3?It rocked! MI4 is bs but MI3 is just as good if not better than the first two especially MI1. btw I am glad the rumors are false.

Re:What about Ron? (1)

secolactico (519805) | more than 7 years ago | (#19482957)

MI4 could have been good, but the models where too much like string puppets and the fourth wall breaking jokes didn't help at all. And I didn't get the aussie bashing jokes.

Re:What about Ron? (1)

El Lobo (994537) | more than 7 years ago | (#19481767)

Sheezz, why are people so elitist? I have INMENSELLY enjoyed all parts of MI, and I don't even care about who is in it. What's next? Van Halen is not VH without David? Iron Maiden is not IM without Bruce? Hell, why can't just people relax and enjoy the ride?

Re:What about Ron? (0, Offtopic)

arodland (127775) | more than 7 years ago | (#19482879)

Black Sabbath definitely wasn't Black Sabbath without Ozzy, but they rocked nonetheless, because Dio is a Metal God(tm) and Ian Gillan is okay too. Solo Ozzy also rocked, but only with Rhoads. So yes, it's all about the people. :)

Re:What about Ron? (1)

El Lobo (994537) | more than 7 years ago | (#19483099)

Sorry, but my fav Sabbath era is Tony Martin (Martin being in my top 3 list of singers ever) and headless Cross being maybe my fav album ever. So no... it's ALL about an open mind.

Re:What about Ron? (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 7 years ago | (#19483813)

Actually, Curse of Monkey Island is a really great game. The voice acting is superb and the animation is top notch. It's a wonderful game. Escape is a travesty though, which makes me almost a little happy that this rumor is false.

Re:What about Ron? (1)

Uthic (931553) | more than 7 years ago | (#19484141)

Bah, CMI was the best of the series for me. Was very funny, introduced Murray! Come on, have to love it for that diabolical talking skull :)

Re:What about Ron? (1)

Espectr0 (577637) | more than 7 years ago | (#19484717)

Speak for yourself. I loved MI3, it's hilarious, good graphics. I hated MI4, not only because of the graphics but also the gameplay, since it was very difficult to control GT.

Favorite parts: the "muscle" trial against Haggis and the Banjo duel
Favorite character: Murray. Oh come on, you gotta love Murray. He reminds me of HK-47

Re:What about Ron? (1)

ceeam (39911) | more than 7 years ago | (#19485499)

MI3 was mediocre (but I still finished it). But MI4 was pretty ok. Or am I only one feeling that way? (Yes, it started slowly).

Re:What about Ron? (1)

Sage Gaspar (688563) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486247)

I loved CMI. I don't even think I finished Escape. Nothin beats the original though :P

In other news.... (3, Funny)

aicrules (819392) | more than 7 years ago | (#19481393)

I am reporting that humans can breathe underwater without the aid of a breathing device...oh crap I'm wrong: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drowning [wikipedia.org] , FALSE!!!

Re:In other news.... (5, Funny)

dub42 (992285) | more than 7 years ago | (#19481557)

I can hold my breath for 10 minuts.

Re:In other news.... (0, Offtopic)

pytheron (443963) | more than 7 years ago | (#19481797)

Though you seem to have developed Broca's aphasia. Never mind, eh !

Re:In other news.... (1)

RonnyJ (651856) | more than 7 years ago | (#19482287)

Moderated offtopic? One of Guybrush Threepwood's skills was being able to hold his breath for ten minutes.

Mods have never played Monkey Island (4, Informative)

Alaren (682568) | more than 7 years ago | (#19482315)

Back in the day, Sierra's adventure games were full of the main character dying in interesting ways. LucasArts took this in the other direction; often it was impossible to actually "die." You could kill Guybrush Threepwood, the star of Monkey Island, in one scene where he gets thrown off a pier, but only by staying underwater for more than ten minutes (the typical "look, get, talk" commands changed to "float, bloat, decompose"). Guybrush frequently boasts that he can hold his breath for ten minutes. In fact it's the only piratey thing Guybrush is really good at.

In other words, parent is not off-topic.

Re:Mods have never played Monkey Island (3, Informative)

arevos (659374) | more than 7 years ago | (#19489227)

Guybrush frequently boasts that he can hold his breath for ten minutes. In fact it's the only piratey thing Guybrush is really good at.
What?! Sir, that is outright slander!

Sure, at the beginning of the first game Guybrush was rather lacking in piratical skills, but since then he has become a master of swordsmanship on both land and sea, has captained several ships, and has battled with countless pirates, cannibals, the undead and monkeys. If that's not solid pirate material, I don't know what is.

NOT OFFTOPIC (0, Redundant)

spellraiser (764337) | more than 7 years ago | (#19482355)

Nope, not offtopic, you ignoramuses [everything2.com]

Offtopic should be used sparingly ... all too often I see it used in a way that only reveals the moderator's ignorance of the topic. Rant, rave, etc. ....

Re:NOT OFFTOPIC (1)

Das Modell (969371) | more than 7 years ago | (#19482603)

Today I spent all my mod points reversing completely insane moderating decisions, in just one topic. That's actually all I ever use my points for. Somebody has to do it.

Careful with that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19482873)

In my experience, the fastest way to lose moderating privileges is to moderate fairly and intelligently.

Re:NOT OFFTOPIC (1)

GrumpySimon (707671) | more than 7 years ago | (#19484913)

Spending all your modpoints reversing completely insane moderating decisions: Valid use of time.

Posting in the thread afterwards and reversing all that work: priceless.

Re:NOT OFFTOPIC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19486235)

He never said it was this thread you illiterate hick!

Re:In other news.... (1)

Rakshasa Taisab (244699) | more than 7 years ago | (#19482635)

Drowning is nothing compared to this...

Within the space of just that one sentence, they built my hopes, dreams and joys of youth to unimaginable heights on a beautiful stone altar, then proceeded to crush it to a bloody pulp with large stones.

Re:In other news.... (1)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 7 years ago | (#19497537)

Actually our lungs are very capable of getting oxygen out of the water, just getting that water out of our lungs is the big problem.

I don't remember where I learned that, but I think it's true.

do we have to keep calling it the "internets"... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19481401)

do we have to keep calling it the "internets"...

Re:do we have to keep calling it the "internets".. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19481483)

do we have to keep calling it the "internets"...

Seriously. What's wrong with "the tubes"?

hmm (5, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | more than 7 years ago | (#19481413)

How appropriate, you fight like a cow.

Re:hmm (2, Funny)

neoprint (949158) | more than 7 years ago | (#19481429)

First you'd better stop waving it around like a feather duster!

Re:hmm (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19481921)

i am rubber, you are glue

Re:hmm (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19481977)

So you got that job as janitor, after all.

Re:hmm (1)

Eudial (590661) | more than 7 years ago | (#19482373)

How appropriate, you fight like a cow...

Re:hmm (1)

catwh0re (540371) | more than 7 years ago | (#19483501)

I've got a little TIP for you, get the POINT.
seriously though, I still boot into old boxes just to play these.

i keep wondering ... (4, Interesting)

polar red (215081) | more than 7 years ago | (#19481531)

... about the inspiration for Pirates of the Caribbean

Re:i keep wondering ... (1)

zygotic mitosis (833691) | more than 7 years ago | (#19481605)

Gratuitous profit? Yep, that'll do it.

Re:i keep wondering ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19481965)

Is the Pirates of the Caribbean theme park ride that was created by Disney... plus a few others...

Re:i keep wondering ... (1)

Allison Geode (598914) | more than 7 years ago | (#19483487)

actually, monkey island was inspired by the pirates of the carribean ride, hence the (horrible, in my opinion) ending of monkey island 2.

mod that up (1)

wzzzzrd (886091) | more than 7 years ago | (#19485375)

it's SO obvious. i mean, it's rather "stolen" than "inspired by". remember the scene where guybrush (sorry, "will turner") is trying to steal a key from le chuck (sorry again, "mr. jonez")? the voodoo lady in the swamps? all these zombie pirates living under a curse? they even got a scene where a coffin is used as a boat.

but i'm in no way angry about that. at least they did preserve (in parts) the fine pirate humor that made monkey island so great. apart from that, depp as cpt. sparrow is just fun to watch.

Pitty (1)

El Lobo (994537) | more than 7 years ago | (#19481543)

I would die to play any new Lucas Art adventure game. Especially a Grim Fandango 2 would be SO SWEEEEEEEEEEETTTT.. It's a pitty adventure games are not commercial enough.

Re:Pitty (1)

untaken_name (660789) | more than 7 years ago | (#19481627)

Yeah, I prefer my adventure games to have tons of intrusive ads in them also.

Re:Pitty (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#19483067)

Well, ads can be done creatively and non intrusive. Though I have no idea how that could be done in Monkey Island. Maybe as a gag a coke bottle somewhere as a plot device, given the rather whacky nature of the game (I just say rubber chicken), it could actually work.

And if that's the price to pay to play an adventure again...

Re:Pitty (1)

cnettel (836611) | more than 7 years ago | (#19483367)

I'm not sure if Coke would agree with the concept of the lemonade-selling boy turning out to be a weapons merchant...

Re:Pitty (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#19491057)

Needn't be the weapons merchant, but how about a DOTT sequel (or any other kind of time travel adventure) where the lemonade selling boy of the "past" part of the game is some student working at 7/11 in the "now" and the coke marketing person for the "future"? Don't think that could fly?

WTH... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19481651)

What the fuck is Monkey Island? If nobody's heard of it, nobody will miss it.

Re:WTH... (1)

Evanisincontrol (830057) | more than 7 years ago | (#19481783)

What the fuck is Monkey Island? If nobody's heard of it, nobody will miss it.


That makes sense. You haven't heard of it, [wikipedia.org] so clearly no one else has. Right?

Re:WTH... (1)

Sciros (986030) | more than 7 years ago | (#19482037)

Well to get technical, what the guy said -- IF nobody has heard of it, nobody will miss it -- does make sense :-) But the way you interpreted it, it doesn't. Most likely it was a misinterpretation :-P

Anyway at least you answered his "WTF is monkey island" question (mine too, haha).

Re:WTH... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19481803)

The greatest Adventure game series ever created.

Where the hell were you 15 years ago?

Re:WTH... (1)

WidescreenFreak (830043) | more than 7 years ago | (#19482407)

Probably still an itch in his daddy's pants. :P Any geek and gamer credentials he might have had have also been stripped forthwith. To not know about Monkey Island (or pretend not to just to be a troll) is sacrilege in the Temple of the Gaming Geek Gods.

Re:WTH... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19481935)

Slowly take out your nerd license, put it on the ground and back away. Good, you are now free to continue your internet journey in MySpace. Just don't step over the white line here on this side, ok?

Re:WTH... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19481975)

Fucking kids these days. When were you born, 1995?

Well, I haven't heard of the rumour (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19481663)

So basically this entire article managed to get me excited for the less then a second it took me to read the first three words in the title and then into a painful depression. Thanks a lot Slashdot.

Keep your excitement! MI5 is coming! (1)

Alaren (682568) | more than 7 years ago | (#19482473)

So basically this entire article managed to get me excited for the less then a second it took me to read the first three words in the title and then into a painful depression.

That's okay, notice that the rumor was "smashed" by... a blogger with no connection to LucasArts! Let's make a syllogism! (disclaimer: not actually much of a syllogism)

1. Rumors with no official source are probably false. (implicit premise assumed in BGB's comments)
2. BGB has no offical source for their conclusion that there is no Monkey Island game. (ibid)
3. Therefore, there is a new Monkey Island game!

See? Hope springs eternal d^_^b Seriously, though, how the hell is BGB's post a confirmation that this is false? It probably isn't true, but BGB is speculating as much as everyone else!

In other news... (1)

GXFragger (758649) | more than 7 years ago | (#19481831)

Hello Kitty Island Adventure has been confirmed to be in the developmental stages and should pose a fun alternative to World of Warcraft, especially to anyone named Butters.

Would've been an online game. :-P (1)

Cutriss (262920) | more than 7 years ago | (#19482093)

Monkey Island 3 predicted that Monkey Island 4 would be in 3D, with the option in the Options Menu of activating the "super deluxe 3D mode". Escape From Monkey Island had a similar option which enabled online play.

Re:Would've been an online game. :-P (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19485193)

Actually, that was most likely a dig at 3D graphics in general, which were cool with all the kids, but to anyone else looked like complete crap compared to MI3's hand-drawn backgrounds and animation, especially (but not only) back in those days.

All the more ironic that Escape went 3D, and looked worse for it.

tentative release date (3, Funny)

rubberbandball (1076739) | more than 7 years ago | (#19482217)

after doing some heavy research, i found a release date confirming the new MI will hit stores 1 week before Duke Nukem Forever.

Steve Purcell (creator of the series) (4, Informative)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 7 years ago | (#19482223)

Ron Gilbert would be surprised to find out that Steve Purcell was the creator of the Monkey Island series.

Steve Purcell (creator of the Sam and Max series) (1)

WidescreenFreak (830043) | more than 7 years ago | (#19482329)

I was thinking the same thing.

To those who are not aware, Steve Purcell created Sam and Max, which is now under control of Tell Tale games [telltalegames.com] after the contract expired with LucasArts. He did not create the Monkey island series, a series which is very missed, by the way. :(

I am Murray!!

Not going to happen unless Forced (2, Interesting)

Black Art (3335) | more than 7 years ago | (#19482271)

It was pretty obvious that the Monkey Island sequel would never be released. It does not take place in the Star Wars universe.

Lucas Arts only sells Star Wars games these days. That is all that their sales and marketing people know.

Sam and Max fans already know that. Time for the Monkey island fans to learn that lesson as well.

Re:Not going to happen unless Forced (1)

Eudial (590661) | more than 7 years ago | (#19482521)

It was pretty obvious that the Monkey Island sequel would never be released. It does not take place in the Star Wars universe.


Aww, I don't know. Some changes here and there...

Mêlée Island, Monkey Island -> Planet Mêlée, Endor.
Guybrush Threepwood, Mighty Pirate -> Guylightsaber Threepwookie, Mighty Jedi.
Ghost Pirate LeChuck -> Android Sith LE3HU35

and so forth.

Re:Not going to happen unless Forced (1)

sqlrob (173498) | more than 7 years ago | (#19483239)

Fracture isn't in the SW Universe. Neither is Indy (although that is another movie property)

Re:Not going to happen unless Forced (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19483635)

I really enjoyed to recent S&M episodes. Didn't need Lucas Arts for that.

Zonk rumoured to be British, False (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19482909)

C'mon Zonk, show some national pride, will ya? Or have you changed your name to Zounk?

nobody expects this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19483701)

I felt a great disturbance in the Internet, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in joy and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

GAHHH, not AGAIN! That tune!!! (1)

ceeam (39911) | more than 7 years ago | (#19485511)

Poom-poorum-pum, poom-poom-poom.....

Spinoffs? (1)

grimdawg (954902) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486449)

Nobody else gunning for a Murray game?

Instead of wishing for sequels... (2, Informative)

LarsWestergren (9033) | more than 7 years ago | (#19487855)

How about you buy the great games made by the same people? You have the fantastic Psychonauts [psychonauts.com] , a hilarious game with fantastic artwork, available cheaply everywhere in the world from Steam [steampowered.com] . You also have the new Sam and Max [telltalegames.com] series for more adventure heavy games. Haven't played any of those episodes yet, but reportedly also fantastic.

Don't sit there and complain about lack of originality in today's games market. There are PC games out there just as good as the golden classics you remember, please buy them and give the makers an incentive to continue!

Go fuck yourself, subject-bot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19489509)

Keep up the quality work, Zonk... are the submissions really that bad, that this journalistically repulsive SHIT makes it to the front page of the site? Shameful.
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