Ron Gilbert, director of the much-anticipated Return to Monkey Island, has declared that he will no longer be posting updates regarding the game on his blog following a string of “personal attack comments”.
The root of many of these comments seems to be the game’s updated graphical and artistic style, which has proven controversial among some hardcore fans of the series.
Sadly many have taken things too far in their attempts at criticism, leading Gilbert to say: “the joy of sharing has been driven from me”.
Graphic Changes Lead to Unacceptable Comments From Supposed Monkey Island Fans
Gilbert’s statement came in the comments of a blog post featuring the latest trailer for the game, which you can watch in full below.
Reaction to this trailer was mixed, with some fans deriding the visuals in a very blunt and unpleasant manner, with user Dani calling it: “legit the ugliest game I've ever seen. I'd be hard-pressed to think of any other commercially produced game that looks this off-putting” and Proud Retro Fascist declaring: “the game will fail because it is objectively hideous and you will only have yourself to blame.”
In response to these kinds of comments, Gilbert said: “It's an amazing 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 else.”
This sentiment was echoed in a Twitter thread by Dominic Armato, who voices the game’s protagonist Guybrush Threepwood, with the actor offering an in-depth analysis of how people view old-school series like Monkey Island.
“I’ll confess, I was really surprised to see some folks react as they did to the look of Return. I loved it so much that it just never even occurred to me that others might not. But hey, that’s how I feel about it and we don’t all have to agree!” said Armato, adding: “Criticisms that I personally find a little unfair are those that speculate about budget or effort or corporate influence or whatever.”
Former God of War director Corey Barlog also commented on news of the Monkey Island controversy via Twitter, urging people not to treat his “gamedev hero” in such a manner.
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