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Remastered Monkey Island and new Monkey Island (Update: Ron comments, and Dominic Armato!) 01 Jun, 2009, 16:19 / 113 comments

Unlikely as it seems, this time the rumours were true. Lucasarts has announced Monkey Island remastered for Xbox Live and PC.

Even more exciting though is the button on the bottom right of the page 'Telltale continues the adventure'. It looks like the other rumours were true and Telltale's new game is...Monkey Island. Telltale's site is down right now, so expect confirmation and updates in a bit.

Update by Remi: Some more info on the remake: will be this summer, with updated graphics, re-recorded music, and voice overs. (Although you can also play the original version, and seamlessly swap versions during gameplay.)

There are some videos and screenshots on the official web site, and apparently some old names are involved, including Dominic Armato as the voice of Guybrush.

And yes, apparently Telltale is... Producing it? Possibly?

More news will probably be updated here as we get it. For now check out the official site.

Tales of Monkey Island: Telltale will apparently be behind the brand spanking new Monkey Island series: Tales of Monkey Island, which will be released for the Wii and PC. Sorry, I think I just peed my pants.

Also, there's brand new TMI trailer. And Ron Gilbert has posted his thoughts on the original SMI, and has revealed he was involved in the brainstorming. Oh, and Dominic Armato is doing the voice. Grab a behind-the-scenes look!

Comments

  • GregD on 03 Jun, 2009, 20:24…
    no osx version :(
  • DanSky on 03 Jun, 2009, 12:30…
    All these years coming back to mixnmojo only for the little hoping to see this ! A remastered version and a new moneky island era.
    eh eh hi there guys, so i'm back too...
  • Sven_Q45 on 02 Jun, 2009, 21:45…
    108 comments on a news post!
    Long time ago?
  • clone2727 on 03 Jun, 2009, 01:42…
    109!
  • gnuX on 02 Jun, 2009, 15:14…
    First of all... I just had a total nerdgasm!

    On a more ironic note. On 31 may I migrated to linux... So now I gotta reinstall windows to be able to play MI ^^
  • neon_git on 03 Jun, 2009, 12:05…
    I expect wine will run both the revamped SOMI and the new Telltale games just fine.
  • Fiduch on 02 Jun, 2009, 13:00…
    i don't know if i've ever posted here (i guess i must have, because i have an account somehow), but this is just retardedly exciting.

    i, like all of you, have been waiting for this for years, and now that it's happening, i couldn't be happier. i can't think of a better team currently in existence than telltale to put this together, and it looks great. they're doing everything right: bringing back dominic and michael land, bringing in gilbert to consult for ideas. i don't see how it could be anything but eighteen shades of awesome.

    and the special edition of SOMI looks great, too. i can't fathom the number of times i've imposed dominic's voice over guybrush's lines in my head while playing the original, and now i'm going to get the real thing! thank you lucasarts, for no longer being douchebags.

    if these sell well enough, i can only hope that it will spark a second golden age of lucasarts adventure games, though telltale has already begun that trend to some extent. and i'm thrilled that they may be giving the "special edition" treatment to some of their other franchises, as well.

    i'm really surprised that they were able to keep all of this under wraps for so long, and that nothing was leaked or really even hinted at! with so many adamant monkey island fans out there, you'd think somebody would've been able to figure out that something was going on! but no! they're able to tell us all about it on their own terms, when they're ready, and not a minute earlier. only a month to wait!!

    just... fantastic. i can't wait. kudos, telltale and lucasarts.
  • PirateKingChris on 02 Jun, 2009, 20:34…
    Really do have to applaud them for keeping it so tightly under wraps. If they'd told us about this a year ago at E3 I think lots of us woulda been hesitant to get too excited, been paranoid of cancellation like Sam and Max.
  • Rum Rogers on 02 Jun, 2009, 08:54…
    Oh God... I've just woke up and discovered THIS... Must be a dream, a wonderful one
  • PirateKingChris on 02 Jun, 2009, 08:45…
    Granted I haven't watched a trailer yet, but I'm surprised everyone is glowing about the look to Tales and hating the SE look. Tales looks too.....shiny 3D, not detailed enough to me. And SE doesn't look THAT different than the original, to me.
  • Gabez on 02 Jun, 2009, 09:11…
    I don't think the TMI screenshots are final final. I reckon they'll take the shininess off a bit before release.

    And how is it bad that the SE doesn't look that different from the original? This is surely a good thing.
  • PirateKingChris on 02 Jun, 2009, 20:28…
    That's actually what I meant about the original. I've heard people complain about the new look already, and I think it looks very similar and looks great!
  • InsoFox on 02 Jun, 2009, 09:50…
    Two comments about this: Telltale people I've spoken to have confirmed that the 3d graphics are a few levels of polish away from final and the lighting and shaders are on track to be improved by the end.

    Also, I was worried about the SE graphics too, until I sought out some high-res screenshots. I can't remember where I saw them, but look for some high-res shots of this because the videos really don't do it justice at all.
  • PirateKingChris on 02 Jun, 2009, 20:30…
    Glad to hear that about TMI, graphics didn't look impressive to me this far. Though if it doesn't look that much better, and the humor and gameplay are there, then it'll make a big difference :)

    And yeah, not worried about SE graphics...I didn't explain very well posting at almost 5 am and feeling quite tired.
  • jp-30 on 02 Jun, 2009, 09:04…
    I like everything, as it happens.
  • neon_git on 02 Jun, 2009, 07:42…
    I woke up today and I was like "Man, that was a sweet dream"
  • QueZTone on 02 Jun, 2009, 05:00…
    hmmm this is a turn of events i didn't expect..
  • Capn_Nacho on 02 Jun, 2009, 03:50…
    In the spirit of keeping things brief:

    SE: The-art-is-pretty-awful-no-offense-to-the-no-doubt-fine-artists-at-LA-but-looks-cool

    TMI: Nervous-and-the-trailer-didn't-quite-sell-me-but-too-many-things-are-working-toward-it-for-it-not-to-be-awesome and MICHAEL LAND?!

    GENERAL: Pretty-cool-shit-going-on-here-though-I-can't-say-I'm-all-that-excited-about-some-of-it; though-I'm-sure-TMI-will-be-great.
  • Capn_Nacho on 02 Jun, 2009, 07:37…
    All right, have to reply to myself in a slightly more verbose fashion:

    I've downloaded the high-res screenshots of the Special Edition™, and I have to admit, my opinion of the art has gone from "pretty awful" to "staggeringly inept and horrible". I can't believe how awful, clueless and frankly half-assed some of these background paintings are, and most of the character sprites are just amateur in terms of construction, hierarchy and balance. See the screenshot of Captain Smirk's cabin for an example of all of the above.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm sure we've all seen much worse, but SMI deserves much, much, much, much, much better.
  • Jayel on 02 Jun, 2009, 15:01…
    yeah, they look pretty damn ugly. I plan to smear my eyes with Vaseline before each play session.
  • RealisticGuybrush on 02 Jun, 2009, 03:40…
    It looks like there's a lot of good here... except for Guybrush's hair, what the hell is that? He looks like Guile from Street Fighter. Other than that I like the art style they went for. I prefer it to Telltale's, actually...
  • jmartin on 02 Jun, 2009, 01:04…
    So... any chance that the Scumm Bar may make a reappearance?
  • jmartin on 02 Jun, 2009, 01:07…
    Ok, so now I feel like an idiot. As far as I was concerned, the Scumm bar disappeared... shows you how little I've been frequenting the MI community lately.

    Anyway, thanks to the recent news, that will hopefully change!
  • jp-30 on 02 Jun, 2009, 01:06…
    It's already been updated...

    http://www.scummbar.com/
  • jp-30 on 01 Jun, 2009, 23:30…
    If you want to see SMI:SE screenshots etc in higher res than the Lucasarts site...

    Click here

    And TMI assetts:

    Click here
  • Sp0tted on 01 Jun, 2009, 23:28…
    ...I am so happy....

    Murray? Please?!?
  • DeadKyle on 01 Jun, 2009, 23:04…
    SHIT! We won't have to wait long at all for Monkey Tails... I mean Tales. July 7th, little over a month away!
  • DeadKyle on 01 Jun, 2009, 22:58…
    I wonder if it's running on SCUMM or a variation of it.
  • jp-30 on 01 Jun, 2009, 23:13…
    The SMI remake is, Telltales TMI episodes are not.
  • Thriftweed on 01 Jun, 2009, 22:30…
    Bloody hell. :-{ O
  • Melancholick on 01 Jun, 2009, 22:00…
    I signed on, quite innocently, to see if there was any buzz about the Lego Harry Potter announcement on Mojo.

    And then... I suddenly became a man.
  • Lagomorph on 01 Jun, 2009, 21:42…
    I see in a screenshot that the Sam and Max Idol at the Great Monkey Head has been replaced with a Day of the Tentacle one.

    I hope they don't edit down to many of these things.
  • Melancholick on 01 Jun, 2009, 22:32…
    I'm actually dying to know what the hell Cobb's going to say when you talk to him now. Describing LOOM in the past-tense, or something re-written entirely?
  • clone2727 on 01 Jun, 2009, 23:59…
    "Buy Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings"
  • Melancholick on 02 Jun, 2009, 07:54…
    ^This, please.
  • jp-30 on 02 Jun, 2009, 09:05…
    Ask me about
    Loom: Special Edition
  • Gabez on 01 Jun, 2009, 21:45…
    I'm guessing that's because they don't have the rights for Sam & Max any more?
  • Lagomorph on 01 Jun, 2009, 22:09…
    Guess so... I just hope they didn't tingle with things like this in the original version.

    I wonder what the costumes will look like in the costume shop in the remake of part 2...
    (Aren't I the optimist.)
  • Icebox on 01 Jun, 2009, 21:34…
    Two days ago, I played the ending of MI2, for the third time. I thought, what great aspirations and brilliant notions, have so infused these classics.
    After hearing such news, my heart is joyful. Suddenly, it dawns on us. Everything will be O.K.
  • s.cardy on 01 Jun, 2009, 21:16…
    Been lurking for the better part of a decade, but a golden opportunity to finally post and say.. yay.

    And again - yay.
  • Gabez on 01 Jun, 2009, 21:46…
    Welcome to being active! Hope you continue to post comments here and on the forums. :)
  • Ceres on 01 Jun, 2009, 21:13…
    I'm ecstatic here, after so many years of given up hope, to hear this...
    Not one, but two MI games.

    Must be one cold day in hell.
  • mrcolinp on 01 Jun, 2009, 21:07…
    The Telltale stuff looks AWESOME! Can not wait to play that shizzle.

    The Special Edition... not so much. Is that painting better than the Purcell version? Not even close. The eyebrow 'tude on Guybrush? Give me a break.
  • Capn_Nacho on 02 Jun, 2009, 07:16…
    Exactly! Why would they give Guybrush Threepwood that kind of universally reviled characterization? It boggles.
  • jp-30 on 01 Jun, 2009, 21:37…
    You know you can revert to the original SMI graphics at the press of a button, if you don't like he redrawn stuff.

    Everyone is happy!
  • jp-30 on 01 Jun, 2009, 21:05…
    Odd that the MI remake console is different to the new games' console. Xbox owners play and love SMI, then have to... buy a wii?
  • Capn_Nacho on 02 Jun, 2009, 03:45…
    This occurred to me, too. Why is it WiiWare?
  • jp-30 on 02 Jun, 2009, 09:07…
    I meant 'why isn't SMI Spec Ed on Wiiware.
  • Ascovel on 01 Jun, 2009, 22:29…
    I guess everyone has a PC nowadays
  • Izzy on 01 Jun, 2009, 21:17…
    I playing the Tales Of Monkey island episodes on my PC
  • Lagomorph on 01 Jun, 2009, 20:57…
    And I was supposed to work on my portfolio tonight...
    All I've been doing now is dancing and singing and watching movies and reading interviews over and over...
    BUT I LOVE IT!
  • Gabez on 01 Jun, 2009, 21:47…
    Same here!
  • Bad Asp! on 01 Jun, 2009, 20:54…
    If this new alliance stays solid enough to bring "Sam and Max: Freelance Police" back from the grave, I'm in!
  • Izzy on 01 Jun, 2009, 21:18…
    IF this manages to bring Sam and Max back ill apologize for verything I've said
  • jp-30 on 01 Jun, 2009, 20:34…
    I bet Tiller is pretty pissed off right now.
  • jp-30 on 01 Jun, 2009, 21:03…
    Or, I guess if he times it right he can ride the wave of the LEC/TTG releases. Gonna draw some pretty big comparisons though.
  • PirateKingChris on 02 Jun, 2009, 08:40…
    Yeah I imagine he's more excited. I think MI being back in the public eye will draw more interest to his game (and hopefully a fucking publisher)
  • Jeo on 01 Jun, 2009, 19:57…
    It seems that the special edition will have Earl Boen as LeChuck but Tales, on the other hand, doesn't seem to. Am I just hearing things or what is up here?

    By the way, it seems that the year 2015 came early. By Jim Ward's logic, of course.
  • Lagomorph on 01 Jun, 2009, 21:20…
    Yeah, it's definitely Earl Boen in the Remake. Strange that it isn't in the new game. Maybe it was a temporal voice? I hope so, because Boen has LeChuck nailed!

    And do I hear Rob Paulsen as the voice of Bob in this video?
  • jp-30 on 01 Jun, 2009, 19:55…
    Jesus Fucking Christ.
  • Izzy on 01 Jun, 2009, 19:50…
    OMG this is so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
  • Glo_kidd on 01 Jun, 2009, 19:46…
    worldofmi seems to be a mirror of the telltale page now too
  • Jayel on 01 Jun, 2009, 18:55…
    I may die of happiness
  • Udvarnoky on 01 Jun, 2009, 18:40…
    I've never been more emotional in my life - Dom lied to us in that recent interview?!

    Oh and also, fucking Monkey Island 5 was just announced. Definitely didn't see that coming at all. I'm not sure what there is to say other than: wow, awesome, etc. There's something mindblowing about going to lucasarts.com and seeing Monkey Island on the front page. LEC has to be given huge credit here, even if their endeavor is low-risk (I'm guessing they just licensed MI to Telltale?) Who would have thought that Mojo would actually be making a news post about a new Monkey Island game?
  • neon_git on 01 Jun, 2009, 18:45…
    Can you imagine how hard that interview must've been for Dom? I think I would have exploded if I were him.
  • Dmnkly on 01 Jun, 2009, 20:59…
    It was hard. Reeeeeeeally hard.

    (Sorry about that... I had to lie, but I didn't enjoy it!)
  • Lagomorph on 03 Jun, 2009, 09:55…
    I was just reading the interview again. You're a good liar. :p
  • InsoFox on 02 Jun, 2009, 09:57…
    I'm... kind of looking forward to hearing you say 'Dmnkly'
  • jp-30 on 01 Jun, 2009, 21:33…
    Ha, welcome. I guess the CMI interview needs some editor's footnotes or something inserted!
  • Laserschwert on 01 Jun, 2009, 18:12…
    While I'm excited as hell about both announcements, I'm SO hoping that MI1-SE sells well enough, that MI2 will get an SE as well, as it's the BEST MI-game.
  • Glo_kidd on 01 Jun, 2009, 18:06…
    Dear Telltale,

    ILOVEYOUILOVEYOUILOVEYOUILOVEYOUILOVEYOU
    THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU
    ILOVEYOUILOVEYOUILOVEYOUILOVEYOUILOVEYOU

    Basically imagine the whole page like that

    Oh, and i guess Lucasarts too :P
  • Glo_kidd on 01 Jun, 2009, 18:30…
    after watching the vid for the remake over at lucasarts site, Lucasarts too for sure!

    I may or may not have cried tears of joy today :D

    Best E3 EVAR!!!!!111!!!
  • jp-30 on 01 Jun, 2009, 21:35…
    That video for the remake is amazing. The music. Dom. Ron. And if you don't like the new version's graphics, instant switch to 'classic'. Brilliant, keep those moaning old grumps happy!

    Let this be the first in a long line of Spec. Eds.
  • clone2727 on 02 Jun, 2009, 00:01…
    I take back almost everything negative I have ever said about LucasArts. Almost.
  • neon_git on 01 Jun, 2009, 18:01…
    They included Spiffy! See about 10 mins in:

    http://e3.gamespot.com/video/6210375/
  • bgbennyboy on 01 Jun, 2009, 18:11…
    I found that funny too :) At long last he's in the game. Rather than everyone's imaginations
  • Diduz on 01 Jun, 2009, 17:31…
    Consider me flabbergasted.
  • Ascovel on 01 Jun, 2009, 17:23…
    Ron Gilbert was apparently involved in the brainstorming sessions at the beginning of the project!
  • Sven_Q45 on 01 Jun, 2009, 19:11…
    They invited him! I knew it! What LA needs was a new president!
  • Ascovel on 01 Jun, 2009, 17:14…
    Amazing!

    I hope that LEC put some real money into this. As much as I'm excited, I would prefer to have new environments in every episode.
  • Gabez on 01 Jun, 2009, 17:03…
    *DIES*
  • Kroms on 01 Jun, 2009, 17:00…
    I'm...hyperventilating. Too fucking good to be true...too...fucking...good.

    Oh god.
  • Jeo on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:55…
    I'm at a total loss of words. Don't even know why I bothered to comment.
  • AlfredJ on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:50…
    Hello world. I'm dreaming, right? Yeah...

    Dear God. Dear. God.
  • neon_git on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:49…
    Fuck, Telltale even got Michael Land doing the music!
  • The Tingler on 01 Jun, 2009, 19:51…
    Yes, I saw that too! Then I had to change my pants for a THIRD time!
  • LGH on 01 Jun, 2009, 20:33…
    Oh gee...

    I think I need to relive iMuse Island ;)
  • bgbennyboy on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:47…
    Evan better, the remake's got Grossman, Land and Stemelle - if anyone moans about Ron Gilbert not making it then they need a slap.
  • clone2727 on 02 Jun, 2009, 00:02…
    Ron has had some input though.
  • Hümmelgümpf on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:46…
    At first I was excited. Then I looked at the screenshots. What. The. Hell. Whoever is responsible for the art style needs to be hanged. LeChuck doesn't look like LeChuck at all.
  • Kroms on 01 Jun, 2009, 17:01…
    Yeah, or Guybrush like Guybrush...
  • neon_git on 01 Jun, 2009, 17:28…
    Guybrush does look kind of rubbish, but frankly if that's the only thing we've got to complain about I call this a win.
  • Ascovel on 01 Jun, 2009, 17:12…
    Eh, looks more interesting than in EMI at least.
  • BlueBone on 01 Jun, 2009, 17:07…
    your right... thou.. still really exited. :D
  • ZeroXcape on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:42…
    Awesome. Couldn't be more happy.
  • icanseestars on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:42…
    Holy crap I didn't believe this would happen, great news.

    (only quibble Guybrushs hair looks rather silly in remake)
  • woxel1 on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:39…
    Having Dominic aboard is a good sign. Exciting times!
  • neon_git on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:37…
  • Sven_Q45 on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:35…
    Don´t know what to say.
    Looks good and yes for PC. But I like the FM-Towns version. I don´t like to improve an old game.
  • monkeyboobs on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:35…
    I'm a German. And even I have Nordic origins, I don't look like him. Must be his haircut, I think.

    But hey, the way Telltale has interpreted Monkey Island style is awesome! So, I try to forget SE and look straight forward to Tales of Monkey Island! I didn't believe it. No I know it :D
  • monkeyboobs on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:36…
    Oops, wanted to reply Remi...
  • Remi O on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:56…
    It was a reference to LEC's Indy game where they use "Germans" instead of "Nazis" to keep it "family friendly."
  • Sven_Q45 on 01 Jun, 2009, 19:09…
    Nazi in the english versions of Indy 3 and 4. And "Deutsche" (German) in german versions. ;)
  • monkeyboobs on 01 Jun, 2009, 17:28…
    My fault, sry ;)
  • Sven_Q45 on 01 Jun, 2009, 20:05…
    I meant not you. ;)
    I only want to say that only in the english version they say Nazi.
  • The Tingler on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:31…
    LucasArts, I officially take back everything I ever said about you.

    Unless you cancel it of course, claiming it to be a 'June Fool's Day' gag to rival our own. In which case I will immediately jump on the next plane to Skywalker Ranch and kill all I find.

    I am NOT kidding.
  • Trunks on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:29…
    MI SE is LEC in-house. Looks ike the new game is Telltale.
  • Tal on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:28…
    I wasn't even this excited the first time I got laid.

    I am not kidding.
  • mish87 on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:27…
    Yeah, the re-do of the cover is pretty hideous on the official site, but hooray for more monkey island! and especially hooray for telltale mi
  • The Tingler on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:27…
    OHMYGOD I cannot believe this rumour was true.

    Excuse me a moment, I need a lie down...
  • The Tingler on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:29…
    AND DOMINIC ARMATO! AND they even got Ron Gilbert to talk about it!!
  • monkeyboobs on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:23…
    Guybrush looks lika Nazi :(
  • Remi O on 01 Jun, 2009, 16:24…
    I think you mean "German."