After receiving backlash against the game’s art style in the form of personal attacks, the creator of Monkey Island is closing his long-running blog.
After a curious absence from Devolver Digital’s Devolver Direct showcase earlier this month, Back to Monkey Islandthe long-awaited new entry in the monkey island series, finally appeared during the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase earlier this week. This latest trailer revealed new story elements for Back to Monkey Island as well as a first look at the gameplay. One of the biggest reveals, however, concerns his art style, which has suffered some backlash since his first appearance in April. With the release of this trailer, the latest wave of backlash has caused series creator Ron Gilbert to shut down his personal blog.
Back to Monkey Island was first teased as an April Fool’s joke on Ron Gilbert’s blog, Grumpy Gamer. The tease was eventually followed by the announcement of the game a few days later, revealing that it will be the first entry in 30 years directed by Gilbert and will be a direct sequel to Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge. It was also revealed that the game will be developed by Gilbert’s studio Terrible Toybox, the studio behind 2017’s Thimbweed Parkand will be published by Devolver Digital and the recently reinstated LucasFilm Games.
Gilbert ran his blog, Grumpy Gamer, for years, where he posted updates on projects in development, personal messages, and stories about his time at LucasArts and Humongous Entertainment. After Disney acquired LucasFilm and its intellectual property, Gilbert wrote several articles about how he would create a new monkey island game if given the chance. Today, in response to the backlash surrounding Back to Monkey IslandIn the art of Grumpy Gamer, the Grumpy Gamer blog has been removed, with the link to the site expiring and not loading.
Before removing the site from the list, Gilbert responded to the personal attacks he and the team were receiving regarding the game, which has since been shared by Guybrush Threepwood voice actor Dominic Armato. In the post, Ron Gilbert states “I’m closing comments. People are just being mean and I have to remove the personal attack comments.” He later continues “I will not be posting about the game anymore. The joy of sharing has been driven away from me.”
This answer naturally disappointed many people within the monkey island community that is either happy or indifferent to the change in art style, but it’s equally understandable that Gilbert felt the need to make this decision as some of the comments on the thread were definitely in bad taste towards the team that made the game and Gilbert himself. Either way, it’s sad to see the developer having to defend against personal attacks on something that ultimately matters very little as far as a monkey island Thu. Hopefully this situation calms down before the release of Back to Monkey Island later in 2022.
Back to Monkey Island will be released on PC and Nintendo Switch in 2022.
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