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Another year, another Monkey Island 5 rumor 13 May, 2009, 22:42 / 46 comments

If there's one thing you can count on even more than annual Mojo downtime or regularly scheduled mass firings at LEC, it's Monkey Island 5 rumors. The latest comes from Destructoid, which has the following to say:
A source recently revealed to us that LucasArts is planning to resurrect a classic franchise at E3. The million dollar question -- what series is it -- is unknown to our source. However, we do know that titles like Grim Fandango and Monkey Island were uttered within earshot as examples of a LucasArts' golden oldie.
Hopefully we don't have to tell you that this is rumor material to the extreme, but there you go.

Comments

  • harryjon35 on 20 May, 2009, 09:31…
    The German USK rating board has revealed that The Secret Of Monkey Island - Special Edition is on its way for xbox live.
  • Sven_Q45 on 19 May, 2009, 21:58…
    Stop it! No adventures from SW-Arts. Forget about them!
  • Icebox on 23 May, 2009, 15:19…
    You, Sir, Are Brilliant!
  • icanseestars on 15 May, 2009, 12:06…
    I would be really surprised if it were a puzzle adventure game based on Monkey Island. LEC turned down Ron Gilbert to do the same thing for Monkey Island with what Telltale did for Sam & Max.

    If it is Monkey Island I would expect some action game set in its universe which could actually be decent if it had really good writing and was funny.

    After the PoTC movies I'm surprised LEC hasn't leveraged SOMI franchise more given the mainstream popularity of the very similar settings.
  • PirateKingChris on 17 May, 2009, 21:12…
    I have to say I wouldn't agree with ANY classic adventure series being turned into an action game having the possibility of being "decent".
  • VoodooFX on 14 May, 2009, 20:43…
    I doubt it's any of the adventures, unless they plan to go for episodic gaming with Telltale as developer.
    I think that it could very well be the next installment in Dark Forces/Jedi Knight series. Could be something else entirely.
  • PirateKingChris on 14 May, 2009, 19:50…
    It's "Star Wars Hospital: Rebuilding Vader's Genitals", of course.
  • Haggis on 14 May, 2009, 16:34…
    Habitat 2: Escape from Sadville
  • Udvarnoky on 18 May, 2009, 03:45…
    If nothing else, you've just handed them a great tagline for another Thrillville sequel.
  • Bad Asp! on 14 May, 2009, 13:14…
    If it isn't "Sam and Max: Freelance Police", then I'm not interested.
  • Thrik on 14 May, 2009, 13:24…
    STFU!
  • Bad Asp! on 14 May, 2009, 13:57…
    Um, that game just came out a year ago. How is that supposed to be a "classic" franchise?
  • Icebox on 14 May, 2009, 16:25…
    Dude, You Can't Possibly Be Serious. Give It A Rest, Man. There Are Other Games Than Just This One, Amirite?
  • Bad Asp! on 14 May, 2009, 20:35…
    And There Are Other Ways To Talk To People Other Than Capitalizing Every Word In Your Sentences, Amirite?
  • Icebox on 15 May, 2009, 00:27…
    Dude, Ad Hominem is not cool. If you want to sound educated, at the very least don't fall prey to the oldest fallacy in the book. And For My Grammar No Less, Sheesh!
  • neon_git on 15 May, 2009, 11:31…
    In all fairness you were baiting Bad Asp with with your smugness there.
  • neon_git on 14 May, 2009, 14:59…
    I don't know if that was meant as a joke or not, but it made me actually laugh out loud.
  • Giygas on 14 May, 2009, 14:43…
    That's not what he was saying...
  • Bad Asp! on 14 May, 2009, 20:34…
    I know what he said, okay? So lay off, man!
  • The Tingler on 14 May, 2009, 10:49…
    I bet it's Star Wars. They haven't done that in a while.

    Or Ballblazer.
  • jp-30 on 14 May, 2009, 10:54…
    Ballblazer Unleashed!
  • MrSneeze on 14 May, 2009, 08:35…
    A NEW DESKTOP ADVENTURE!
  • Kroms on 14 May, 2009, 06:55…
    Of course it could just be X-Wing. They probably look at that as a completely different franchise than SW.
  • jp-30 on 14 May, 2009, 07:05…
    I would love a new Larry Holland / Totally Games X-Wing game. LOVE one.
  • Kroms on 14 May, 2009, 07:34…
    More importantly, it could just be bullshit.
  • Icebox on 14 May, 2009, 00:59…
    Secret Origins Of The Luftwaffe
  • Capn_Nacho on 14 May, 2009, 03:25…
    Hahahaha!
  • neon_git on 13 May, 2009, 23:43…
    Could this coincide with Telltale revealing their new licence at E3?

    Hugely unlikely, I know, but never say never.
  • jp-30 on 19 May, 2009, 21:55…
    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/telling-tales_2

    Q: Does competition worry you?

    Dan Connors: No, because I think there's still that point about people needing to understand what it is, and Telltale is always going to define its own kind of game. When we talked about our vision statement early as a company that, whenever people sit down and play a game of ours, they know it's a Telltale game. It has some set of qualities that is Telltale.

    So we want to be there and have people around us that are doing similar things, and we want to learn from them and that validates things. I will say that we've been hearing from a lot of big publishers that have ideas for their franchises, asking how we'd like to work with them.

    Q: That must be very flattering?

    Dan Connors: Is it, but we're not a work-for-hire studio either, and that's a real hard thing for them to get their brains around. Telltale has built a business - we're an independent developer and publishers, we're going out and licensing, we're funding the products and we're monetising them.

    For economic health of the company, those are three critical pieces, so we just need to find relationships that will let us work in that context, or at least some of them.
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  • Diduz on 14 May, 2009, 05:45…
    That's exactly what I thought, but the meaning of "classic franchise" can lend itself to multiple interpretations. :-P
  • jp-30 on 14 May, 2009, 00:11…
    Now [i]there's[/i] an interesting thought. :-)

    I would say the Maniac Mansion universe would be the most likely "franchise" to lend itself to new episodic adventures.
  • jp-30 on 14 May, 2009, 01:37…
    Also LucasArts renewed its Maniac Mansion trademarks in October last year, remember?
  • jp-30 on 14 May, 2009, 00:27…
    Dan Connors, July 2006;

    GI: A lot of those LucasArts franchises are still very popular - you spoke about Day of the Tentacle. Is there a chance you'll be able to wrangle a few more of those away for more episodes? Are you working on that at all?

    Connors: It's definitely on our minds and it's definitely something we think about. Maybe I can give you more information a while from now. It's definitely something that makes good sense to everybody. For them it's the same thing. For them it's "What's the business model? What's the retail model?" It's not their type of game - it's not Star Wars, it's not with the movie, with the lightsaber - an action game. When trying to do the two things at the same time it makes it challenging. They've been trying to figure out the right solution, and hopefully Telltale is part of it.
  • Diduz on 14 May, 2009, 07:25…
    I remember that interview, but I also remember that in another interview Connors said it was difficult to mantain a solid connection with LucasArts, bceause the executives kept changing throughout the years. Hopefully Rodriguez is more willing to listen (Fate of Atlantis in the Staff of Kings extra is a good sign).
  • AlfredJ on 14 May, 2009, 07:06…
    Man, why do you say this. We're all getting our hopes up for something that's never going to happen. If it is going to happen, that would be the most awesome thing ever, of course. I mean, if they can convince Lucasarts to let them make a DOTT-series or something, I assume the chances of a new Monkey Island or something are quite big.

    Of course, it's never going to happen. Just saying.
  • jp-30 on 14 May, 2009, 08:57…
    I already hate Bernard's new voice.
  • The Tingler on 14 May, 2009, 10:48…
    It's okay, they'll change it after one episode.
  • DeadKyle on 13 May, 2009, 23:11…
    OH! I got it, RTX RED ROCK!

    Man, classic to them is probably when they stopped making games and started making money.
  • DeadKyle on 13 May, 2009, 23:09…
    That's a very vague rumor that comes annually.

    LEC resurrecting a classic franchise? So what it could it be? x-wing vs. Tie fighter? Rebellion? Super Bom Bad Racing? Which Star Wars game style is it?

    Hell, they're probably just talking about a new Jedi Knight game. It's been a few years. They could get Kyle with gray hair teaching padawans fighting the new sith.
  • jp-30 on 14 May, 2009, 00:03…
    "They could get Kyle with gray hair teaching padawans fighting the new sith."

    They already made that game, it's called Jedi Academy.
  • DeadKyle on 14 May, 2009, 04:51…
    No, I'm talking about the NEW new sith.
  • DeadKyle on 14 May, 2009, 04:52…
    Call it Jedi University
  • jp-30 on 13 May, 2009, 23:09…
    If it comes to pass, it'll be something like the previously rumoured "New Play Control" Rogue Leader port/update for Wii.
  • clone2727 on 13 May, 2009, 23:23…
    Which would be better than most of their recent crap :P
  • Ascovel on 13 May, 2009, 22:49…
    I don't think it's improbable, but even so I don't expect the results to be better than the recent Zork resurrection by Activision. LucasArts would have better chances at making a playable Full Throttle action game.
  • Udvarnoky on 13 May, 2009, 22:56…
    Considering that there seems to be barely any development team at LEC, I doubt they would make the game themselves. Of course, I also doubt this rumor in general.