When Ron Gilbert departed LucasArts in 1992 he left his greatest creation, The Secret Of Monkey Island, in the hands of an empire. And though LucasArts’ 1997 follow-up The Curse Of Monkey Island was an extremely good adventure game, it dissapointed some fans because it ignored the twist ending to Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge. The Monkey Island 3 that Ron Gilbert intended to make has never seen the light of day but there is still some hope that he may get to create it some day, especially after LucasArts licensed the series to Telltale Games in 2009 for the studio’s episodic adventure series Tales Of Monkey Island.
In an exclusive interview, Ron Gilbert tells games™ that he still wants to make his own Monkey Island threequel, if he’s allowed to do things his way. “Yeah, I would. I would actually really enjoy making another…” he says, referring to such a game as the “real, third Monkey Island game.”
“My caveat in that has always been, if I’m going to do that, I want to do it my way,” he asserts. “And I don’t want LucasArts telling me that it has to be a certain way, or that this isn’t faithful to the Monkey Island universe, or anything like that. I just want to make my third Monkey Island game, I’d really like to do that. But I think the odds of that happening are… I mean, unless I’m in George’s will, I don’t think that’s gonna happen.”
Of course, stranger things have happened in the world of videogames and the recent explosion in KickStarter projects has seen a number of classic gaming properties fall back into the hands of their creators.
“I don’t know the backstory about how Al Lowe got the rights to do Leisure Suit Larry, or any of these other games.” says Gilbert, “but the problem with the Monkey Island stuff is that LucasFilm hoards intellectual property. And George does not need any more money, right? I think if I showed up at their doorstep with a briefcase full of ten million dollars, they would not sell me the license. I think it would have to be an obscenely absurd amount of money to pry that license away from them. So yeah, I don’t think Kickstarter would ever” he trails off before adding, “I mean, maybe I should start a Kickstarter for a hundred million dollars, to buy the Monkey Island license. You never know!”
Would you pledge money to help Ron Gilbert get the Monkey Island license back? Should LucasArts just allow Gilbert and DoubleFine to create the “real” Monkey Island 3? Let us know in the comments below.