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Ron Gilbert's next game may be a puzzler for iOS, but he still gets nostalgic on occasion. For example, just how would he handle a new installment in the Monkey Island series? Hypothetically, mind you.
Gilbert tackled that question in his Grumpy Gamer blog, making it quite clear that he was just talking, nothing more. But if it did happen, he'd make it a fully voiced 2D game, and do all the things they couldn't do in the '90s with the limited engines and hardware. "Monkey Island deserves that. It's authentic. It doesn't need 3D. Yes, I've seen the video, it's very cool, but Monkey Island wants to be what it is. I would want the game to be how we all remember Monkey Island."
Before making The Walking Dead, developer Telltale Games made their own take on the franchise in Tales of Monkey Island. However, Gilbert said that none of those games mattered. "It would be called Monkey Island 3a. All the games after Monkey Island 2 don't exist in my Monkey Island universe," Gilbert said. "I'd want to pick up where I left off. Free of baggage. In a carnival. That doesn't mean I won't steal some good ideas or characters from other games. I'm not above that." The reason for the "a" is that the game would not be the Monkey Island 3 he had envisioned in 1992. "I'm not the same person I was back then. I could never make that game now. It is lost to time. Hopefully this one would be better."
As for going the crowdfunding route, Gilbert said he wouldn't do anything flashy, preferring to keep it "raw and honest." He doesn't want the hype or the distractions, but just to make a game.
"The game would be the game I wanted to make," he said. "I don't want the pressure of trying to make the game you want me to make. I would vanish for long periods of time. I would not constantly keep you up-to-date or be feeding the hype-machine. I'd show stuff that excited me or amused me. If you let me do those things, you will love the game. That, I promise."
Disney now owns the rights to the game after its purchase of LucasFilm and subsequent closure of LucasArts. Gilbert has said he wants to talk to Disney about getting the franchise rights to the series.
It's time for a new bundle of PC games from Indie Royale, with this week's batch collectively called The Mash. This bundle of five titles includes something from Telltale Games, and no, it's not Sam & Max or The Walking Dead.
Telltale's comedy adventure Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People headlines the batch. Also included are the team-based airship game Guns of Icarus Online from Muse Games; a martial arts beat-em-up called Kung Fu Strike: The Warrior's Rise from Qoocsoft; the platformer KRUNCH from LeGrudge & Rugged; and Delve Deeper, a turn-based strategy game involving Dwarven miners, from Lunar Giant Studios.
The average price so far is $5.96, but paying $8 or more will get you Danimal Cannon and Zefâs Parallel Processing album for some easy listening. The bundle will be active until 5 a.m. PT (8 a.m. ET) on March 6.
As if you didn't have enough to play from the recent bountiful harvest, Indie Royale has rolled out another large game bundle. This one is a doozy, offering ten games instead of the Royale's usual five.
The line-up includes the Telltale game Puzzle Agent, shoot-em-up Mutant Storm Reloaded, puzzler Swift*Stitch, 2D platformer Oniken, Metroidvania game Unepic, and the old-school RPG collection Geneforge Saga. That last one is a five-game multi-pack, which rounds out full ten titles.
As bonuses, you get an extra game from Swift*Stitch creator Sophie Houlden called Rose in Time, the Oniken soundtrack, and in-game bonus items for Unepic. Those who pay more than $8 also get the chiptune album "Insert" from Prof. Sakamoto.
The current minimum is hovering around $5.30. Click here to buy the bundle.
[Update: 08:50] Telltale has also announced an agreement with Sony. This'll see Telltale publish retail PlayStation 3 versions of its PlayStation Network games, also starting with BTTF, also at $20.
Adventure game aficionado Telltale Games will be bringing its Back to the Future: The Game to Wii this October as a $20 retail release, after signing up as an official Nintendo publisher. Being on a disc should let Telltale avoid the problems that troubled its previous WiiWare releases.
"Securing a publishing agreement with Nintendo of America ensures that we can make our popular content available on every major console platform," Telltale CEO Dan Connors said in the announcement. "This signing is a significant milestone in our long-term growth strategy."
Telltale has released games for Wii before, but only as WiiWare downloads, where they had to deal with Nintendo's small size limit. WiiWare is hardly a high-profile sales channel, too.
"The voices and textures are the way they are because we're limited to 40 megs for WiiWare titles," one Telltale member said of Tales of Monkey Island Episode 1. "The PC versions of our games are usually 150+ megs, and most modern games range anywhere from 1-10 gigabytes or more. Talk to Nintendo about this one."
Being a retail disc, Back to the Future on Wii should hopefully look and sound a lot better. It was originally released in five episodes for PC, Mac, PlayStation 3, and iPad. The first episode launched in December 2010 on PC, with the last arriving this June.
Telltale is working on a tasty slate of big-named licensed adaptations that'd easily find homes in the Wiis found in almost every living room across the land. Along with Jurassic Park: The Game, it's working on games based upon Law & Order: Los Angeles, The Walking Dead, and comic book Fables.
Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.
Today's Filter includes dev diaries for Assassin's Creed Revelations and Driver: San Francisco along with new videos for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, FIFA Soccer 12, Back to the Future, and Orcs Must Die.
Assassin's Creed Revelations
Orcs Must Die
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
Driver: San Francisco
FIFA Soccer 12
Back to the Future
In celebration of its 7th anniversary, Telltale Games is taking 75% off most merchandise from its online store. That means you'll be able to pick up the entire season of Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse for only $8.75. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is available for only $2.50. Who knows what else you'll discover by clicking around? The only things omitted from the sale's scope is the Back to the Future series and Puzzle Agent 2.
You'll have plenty of time to peruse the store before the sale ends on June 30th. What are you going to pick up?
Telltale's episodic Back to the Future games have been wonderful offerings of fan service. AJ LoCascio's portrayal of Marty McFly, in particular, helps cement the experience as an authentic continuation of the classic films. But, Telltale has one more secret to share: Michael J. Fox will be making an appearance in the final episode of the series, OUTATIME.
The developer isn't revealing exactly what character Fox will play, but apparently Marty has met this character in the original film series. Can you figure it out from the screen above?
The final episode will be available on PC and Mac on June 23. iPad and PS3 releases will follow shortly.
Telltale's video game adaptation of web cartoon series Homestar Runner was originally released for PC and Nintendo's WiiWare download service in five monthly episodes, starting in August 2008. It'll launch for PlayStation 3 in North America on December 21, followed by a European PS3 release and Mac edition "shortly thereafter."
Pricing has yet to be announced. For reference, the full season currently costs $29.95 on DVD for PC, while the five individual episodes cost $10 a pop to download on Wii.
Strong Bad recently put in an appearance in Telltale's Poker Night at the Inventory.