Point-and-click icon Guybrush Threepwood will make his grand return later this year – but not on PS5 and PS4 at first. Return to Monkey Island – the continuation of the classic series – will launch as a timed console exclusive on the Nintendo Switch in 2022, with other platforms presumably to follow at a later date.
“Return to Monkey Island is an unexpected, thrilling return of series creator Ron Gilbert that continues the story of the legendary adventure games The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge developed in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games,” the website’s blurb excitingly explains.
The overview continues: “It’s been many years since Guybrush Threepwood was last locked in a battle of wits with his nemesis, the zombie pirate LeChuck. His true love, Elaine Marley, has turned her focus away from governing and Guybrush himself is adrift and unfulfilled, having never found the Secret of Monkey Island. Hip, young pirate leaders led by Captain Madison have shuffled the old guard from power, Melee Island has taken a turn for the worse, and famed businessman Stan has been imprisoned for ‘marketing-related crimes’.”
While the gameplay will be familiar – expect context sensitive dialogue and plenty of inventory management – the developer’s promising a “clever evolution of classic adventure game controls”. The art direction has also been completely overhauled, with Tearaway’s Rex Crowle leading the efforts and settling on a much more cartoon-style look.
We’ll contact publisher Devolver Digital and try to find out how long we’ll have to wait for PlayStation ports, but we’re not expecting a response.