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Ron Gilbert won’t post about Return to Monkey Island anymore following online abuse

This week we finally saw the first gameplay trailer from Return to Monkey Islanda sequel to the first and second Monkey Island games which is headed by Ron Gilbert. Much of the game’s rollout has been delightful – an apparent April Fool’s Day joke from Gilbert about a new Monkey Island game turned out to be a real announcement. But there’s been some sour discourse after the new trailer, and on his personal blog Gilbert said he won’t be posting anything about Return to Monkey Island not anymore (through Eurogamer

“I am closing comments”, Gilbert said: in a post with the new trailer. “People are just mean and I have to delete personal attack comments. It’s a great game and everyone on the team is very proud of it. Play it or don’t play it, but don’t ruin it for everyone. I will no longer post about the game. The joy of sharing has been driven out of me.”

From what I’ve seen most of the negative comments were directed at Return to Monkey Island’s art direction. The original games used pixel art, but the new game opts for a more cartoonish look. In an interview in April with The edgeGilbert said that was a deliberate decision:

So it’s not pixel art, and that was a discussion Dave [Grossman] and I was early on “should it be a pixel art game? Shouldn’t it be a pixel art game?” In the end we thought we just had a lot more freedom and flexibility not to make it a pixel art game, I think people will be really happy with the art once they see it and once they see it move and the animation. an incredible group of animators on the project, and it’s really fun when you really start to see everything moving in the game.

And Gilbert tried to criticize Return to Monkey Island’s art style in a May post on his personal blog. †Return to Monkey Island maybe not the art style you wanted or expected, but it’s the art style I wanted,” He wrote† Sadly, some people have continued to say mean things, and now it looks like we won’t be hearing from Gilbert about what appears to be a great game. (Seriously, if the short scene was featured on) the Return to Monkey Island website – complete with a classic point-and-click dialog tree! – is an indication, then I think we’re in for a treat.)

The vibes in video games were weird this week. A release date for God of War: Ragnarok It was rumored to be announced on Thursday, but on Wednesday, Santa Monica Studio creative director Cory Barlog said on Twitter that was not the case and has had to ask fans to be patient after handling many, many responses to his recent tweets.

“If it were up to me, I would share all the information when I know more about it,” he said† “But it’s not me. So please be patient. I promise things will be shared as soon as possible.”

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