Last night, Ron Gilbert, the games Writer and Director responsible for classics like Maniac Mansion and The Secret of Monkey Island, posted a quick note on his personal blog about his next step as a developer.
Ron Gilbert is leaving Double Fine. Or, to be precise, has already left. He worked at the studio with his long-time friend and co-worker Tim Schafer. He spent two years at Double Fine, and he produced the recently released The Cave.
As for my personal impression of The Cave? I played it, I liked it. It rings true to classic adventure games, if that’s what you’re after. It also sports a great sense of humor. It is, however, built with far too much senseless travel and busywork.
Gilbert’s not done with game design, though. He’s already got another project in the works. Here’s that line from his blog, verbatim:
For the short term, Clayton Kauzlaric and I have been toiling away on another iOS side project that I’m going to focus on over the next few months. It’s called Scurvy Scallywags in The Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty: A Musical Match-3 Pirate RPG.
I really, really hope it’s genuinely called Scurvy Scallywags in The Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty. And “musical match-3 pirate RPG” sounds a lot like rhythm-based Puzzle Quest with pirates, doesn’t it?
We wish Gilbert and his new efforts the absolute best.