Ron Gilbert & Tim Schafer Re-Join Forces

Ron Gilbert & Tim Schafer Re-Join Forces

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Double Fine Productions has just added another big name to its roster: Ron Gilbert.

Attention fans of adventure games: the band is getting back together. Ron Gilbert and Tim Schafer are working together again, now that Schafer has hired Gilbert for a project at Double Fine Productions. Both Schafer and Gilbert (along with Telltale's Dave Grossman) are credited with creating the original Monkey Island titles for LucasArts back when the publisher was renowned for its hysterical adventure games.

While it was recently revealed that Double Fine is working on four titles for THQ, Gilber is apparently going to be working on a different project. Exactly what the game will be has yet to be revealed and/or pitched to a publisher. From the sound of it, though, it sounds like it might be an adventure game, though nothing's certain.

Gilbert talked to Kotaku about the new gig, and hinted what might be in the works. "The old adventure games are something that could come back," he said. "The Monkey Island stuff did very well on the iPad and the re-release on XBLA. I think there are a lot of people who really do enjoy that kind of game. I think they really could come back.

"That's not saying I'm making an adventure game."

Gilbert's latest game was Deathspank, the action-RPG recently released for XBLA and PSN by Hothead Games. Hothead's follow-up, Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue, was launched last week. Both Gilbert and Schafer are known for their smart, goofy senses of humor, so I'm excited to see what the two men come up with.

Source: Eurogamer

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Nothing could have been worse than Brutal Legend. The next game under their collaboration should be awesome...
Or else...

OMG, awesome!

He and Tim Schafer should work at the same product, maybe they can spark lightning again and produce a modern classic.

4 different projects? I hope Double Fine makes a few smaller games now like the teased Halloween RPG. I think their studio would benefit from the shedule of making smaller, DLable games. I'll buy them if they look as good as the Halloween one.

If anybody can really modernize the adventure genre and keep it smart and funny, it's these guys.
I think Grim Fandango is about due for a modern day HD sequel...

Daystar Clarion:
Nothing could have been worse than Brutal Legend. The next game under their collaboration should be awesome...
Or else...

Brütal Legend WAS awesome. Not good, but awesome nonetheless.

This makes me very, very happy. Alos, they better be working on a new adventure game...
Or else...

Oh yeah, I cannot wait to see what they come up with.

Awesome news. I thoroughly enjoyed the new Monkey island games. However, I do still miss the 2D presentation. I thought "The Curse of Monkey Island" has the best art style out of the whole series. The 3D in the new ones looks kinda cheap.

Back on topic, I hope these two can come up with something new and exciting. As much as I love the classics I've been in the mood for a new adventure game for a while. I'd personally love to see one using the Doraleous characters.

I really hope this means Psychonauts 2 is a possibility.

so happy..

EPIC TEAM-UP! The planets must've aligned or something...

This made me smile.

Daystar Clarion:
Nothing could have been worse than Brutal Legend. The next game under their collaboration should be awesome...
Or else...

Agreed! Hopefully they scrapped the bottom of the barrel with that!

And with their powers combined, they will take Kotick out to the garbage heap.

Awesome incoming!

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Sexy. The games these guys pump out are original, funny, and for the most part, good.

KEEP QUIET IN YOUR DAMN CORNER BRUTAL LEGENDS, I SAID MOST

Pump out some original IPs, NOW

The circle is complete.

KaveKa:

Daystar Clarion:
Nothing could have been worse than Brutal Legend. The next game under their collaboration should be awesome...
Or else...

Brütal Legend WAS awesome. Not good, but awesome nonetheless.

Yeah. The references and jokes were priceless. If the game had even half as much gameplay as style, it'd have been Game of the Year.

Alas, it was not so.

squidbuddy99:
I really hope this means Psychonauts 2 is a possibility.

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. I'm projecting my yes onto this statement.

Wonder twin powers...ACTIVATE!

Brutal Legends aside...

AFSDFSDASDOIEYRSDXCEFE EXCITED.

Read the title wrong...

Thought it said Rod Gilbert XD

Keeping my eyes on this though :)

It could be good ... it could be exceptionally bad .. I'm going to wait for the fallout

Am I the only one who thinks Gilbert looks similar to Jack Black? Like "father level" similar?

Wow.... Jane Jensen adventure game finishing production, Gilbert-Schafer "not"-adventure game in the works.... We just need Roberta Williams and Al Lowe teaming for a product for a grand slam of the golden clan.

I just had internal nostalgic fanboy glee. This is good. This is very good.

Diligent:
I think Grim Fandango is about due for a modern day HD sequel...

In my opinion, Grim Fandango doesn't need any changes in the aesthetic department, it's design is perfect and unique. Even without changing the art style HD would probably screw it up, because it would lose the simplistic charm of the original.

What it DOES need is a compatibility with Vista and 7 :(

EDIT: Oh, wait, you were talking about a sequel... well, hey, I'm an idiot and you've actually got a good idea. But I still think Grim Fandango is perfect as is.

Who knows what these guys will come up with. I hope it involves the words Psychonauts 2 though.

20 years ago they made a great game, that few have played.

WOW! I'm so excited!

Seriously tho, I hope they do better together than they have apart.

This is the most exciting gaming news i've heard all year. Seriously. Tim Schaffer is my favorite game developer of all time and Monkey Island is in my top 5 games. I can't wait to see what they come up with.

 

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