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LucasArts Answers Your Questions About Monkey Island XBLA

Got any burning questions about Guybrush Threepwood's return to prominence? Today's your lucky day.

LucasArts just sent out a quick note that it'll be funneling questions to Craig Derrick, the producer on the upcoming Xbox Live Arcade release of The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, on the game's Facebook page at 3pm Pacific today.

This one is the remake of the very first Monkey Island with tasty new high-resolution art, not the whole new episodic series Tales of Monkey Island that Telltale is also working on. Here's some media to get you started.

  



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Posted by Brad
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Posted by SuperMooseman

I just want to know what Stan looks like...
WOO STAN!

Posted by i83N

O man i loved those SCUM engine dos games.

Edited by Stephen_Von_Cloud

Awesome game.  Would love to play through it again with some new graphics.

I like the new art a lot too.  Voicework and everything.  Nice.

Posted by Milkman

I really don't like the art style at all.

Posted by damswedon

i dont think guybrush is guybrush without dominic armato doing the voice

Posted by Tortoise

Q: Can we have it on PSN as well please? :-|

Posted by mracoon

Sooooooooo excited for this game.

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Posted by Reverseface

LA CHUCK LA CHUCK WILL F YOU UP

Posted by Crono

i heard so much about this game growing up but never played it.  i am excited to get the chance to try it out.

Posted by YoungDetective

Wow. I love MI, but that really looks pretty awful.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

I'm looking forward to some shiny new insult sword fights!

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Posted by coffeesash

I want to know why they've stripped the game of Steve Purcell's wonderful art and replaced it with artwork you'd find languishing on Deviantart and put all the backgrounds through a bad Photoshop filter.

Edited by Stephen_Von_Cloud
@coffeesash said:
" I want to know why they've stripped the game of Steve Purcell's wonderful art and replaced it with artwork you'd find languishing on Deviantart and put all the backgrounds through a bad Photoshop filter. "
Clearly you didn't watch the video.  You can press one button to swtich back to the old art on the fly at any time.  Perhaps everyone could be informed before bitching?
Posted by eduardo

This game is gonna be awesome, for sure. I hope it's a success so they'll do the same thing with the other SCUMM games too.

Posted by eduardo

This game is gonna be awesome, for sure. I hope it's a success so they'll do the same thing with the other SCUMM games too.

Edited by coffeesash
@Stephen_Von_Cloud said:
" Clearly you didn't watch the video.  You can press one button to swtich back to the old art on the fly at any time.  Perhaps everyone could be informed before bitching? "
@Stephen_Von_Cloud: I know you can switch it back, it's just a shame that they chose this style for the new hi-res graphics, it just seems like a waste. At least there's still the voice overs and music to look forward to. Perhaps everyone could give everyone benefit of the doubt before bitching about other people bitching? :) I apologise for being harsh on the new style, but it just doesn't seem right to me, messing that much with a classic with an established art style.
Posted by Llama

They better bring it to Steam as well, damn XBLA :@

Posted by darkjester74

I was concerned about the art direction in this game but after seeing it in action I am ON BOARD!  Hell yes!

Posted by coolguitarist

PSN and Wii pls!!!

Posted by SuperMooseman
@coolguitarist said:
" PSN and Wii pls!!! "
Just play it on the PC like it was designed for originally.
Posted by RHCPfan24

I am very excited for this. I loved playing this game years and years ago, as well as the PS2 one (Escape from Monkey Island) so this is just going to be grrrrrr-eat!

Posted by crunchUK

so... supermooseman buy s a360 nao?

Posted by Stephen_Von_Cloud
@coffeesash said:
" @Stephen_Von_Cloud said:
" Clearly you didn't watch the video.  You can press one button to swtich back to the old art on the fly at any time.  Perhaps everyone could be informed before bitching? "
@Stephen_Von_Cloud: I know you can switch it back, it's just a shame that they chose this style for the new hi-res graphics, it just seems like a waste. At least there's still the voice overs and music to look forward to. Perhaps everyone could give everyone benefit of the doubt before bitching about other people bitching? :) I apologise for being harsh on the new style, but it just doesn't seem right to me, messing that much with a classic with an established art style. "
If it's still in there there's absolutely nothing to complain about.  They've only provided new art for people who want it.
Posted by coffeesash

Crikey, I know the original graphics are still there, with a press of a button. The biggest draw is meant to be the new graphics though, and they could have gotten Steve Purcell's original drawings, scanned them and CG'd them at 1080P. If his blessing wasn't possible, then it still could have been made similar, see So Blonde as an example. This is meant to be for old fans as much as drawing in new ones and I can't help feeling disappointed, that's all. I am very happy that the Curse of Monkey Island team is doing the voice over and a new soundtrack will be interesting to hear as it will be mostly orchestrated with real instruments unlike the existing cd audio one.

Posted by theMcNasty

Definite Buy.  Hopefully it comes on Wii.  Point 'n click seems set up for it.

Posted by Nogert

Personally I don't like the new style, guybrush looks like he has a mullet, but I will be definetly playing this again.

Posted by Tackchevy
That's not the way that Guybrush really looks. They really went out of their way to make him as squeamish and pathetic as possible... He's actually much more normal and casual in real life.
Posted by Tackchevy
@theMcNasty: word
Posted by killdave

Monkey Island was awesome.

I'll be buying some more MS points soon I think ^^

Posted by Psykhophear

Awesome. I hope LucasArts teams up with Tim Schafer again to help bring back the classic SCUMM games like Day of The Tentacle, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango.

Posted by Kazona

Monkey Island is one of the funniest adventure games ever. I want this :D

Posted by logan2k_17

Oh man if this goes well we might be able to see Full Throttle and The Dig....!!!1

Posted by giyanks22

I cannot wait!!!

Posted by Mysterysheep

Ehh... You already uploaded this trailer..

Posted by Media_Master

cool

Edited by MattyFTM

The dude on facebook was fairly average. All he said were fairly average PR answers. Stuff like "We'll see" and "We haven't finalized those details yet". He completely ignored my favourite question, which was "How did you get LucasArts to stop thinking about Star Wars for 2 seconds?"

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Posted by Jimbo

Having thought about it, I hope they leave Full Throttle the hell alone.  It still looks perfect as it is.

Compare the Full Throttle intro with the Full Throttle 2 trailer and you will understand.

Posted by Ronnoc

OK, I'm a bit confused on your personal preference then Coffeesash. The game looks exactly like what you proposed the developers should have done. There's higher detail, smoother surfaces, and flashier effects of damn close as possible akin to the original art style. I really don't see how you couldn't like them, other than if you just have some sort of spiteful, resentful, nature towards this re-make, or re-makes in general. 


I missed out on the original when it was popular and I'm more than thrilled to have this modernized and on the XBLA.