Ron Gilbert Joins Tim Schafer To Lead New Double Fine Project

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Posted by MattBodega (1907 posts) -

Back in July, Double Fine President Tim Schafer revealed that his company--which was responsible for Psychonauts and Brütal Legend--was altering its development focus; rather than making bigger-budget games for a competitive retail market, Double Fine would instead focus on developing multiple downloadable games at once, with four projects currently in various stages of completion. To handle the increased number of projects in development, Tim Schafer appointed individuals other than himself to serve as project leads on each of these games. The first fruit of Double Fine’s new downloadable-focused labor, the delightful-looking Halloween-themed RPG Costume Quest, for example, is being headed up by Double Fine lead animator Tasha Harris.

With Costume Quest’s well-timed Halloween release date approaching, Schafer and the folks at Double Fine have begun planning what will eventually be the company’s newest project, due to come out following the release of the four titles already in development. To lead this newest project, Schafer is bringing in an old friend for the position: Ron Gilbert, according to a  Kotaku interview

 This man knows the secret of Monkey Island.

== TEASER ==Gilbert originally worked with Schafer back in the late 80’s and early 90’s at LucasArts, where the two helped create many of the most critically-acclaimed and beloved adventure games in the genre, including The Secret of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion . Though the two eventually went their separate ways, the former coworkers remained in close contact, with Gilbert using the desks at the Double Fine offices to write his most recent title, the action-RPG DeathSpank developed by Hothead.

Now, Gilbert has joined the Double Fine team in earnest, where he’s started planning the company’s newest downloadable game. What will that game eventually be? According to the Kotaku interview, Gilbert and Schafer aren’t saying just yet, though Gilbert teases that, while the new game won’t be an adventure game, fans of the genre will still be pleased by the new project.

Regardless of what they’re working on, it’s cool to see these two designers reunited under the same roof again. I like to imagine they’ve spent these first few days sticking hamsters in the microwave and making SCUMM jokes.
#1 Posted by MattBodega (1907 posts) -

Back in July, Double Fine President Tim Schafer revealed that his company--which was responsible for Psychonauts and Brütal Legend--was altering its development focus; rather than making bigger-budget games for a competitive retail market, Double Fine would instead focus on developing multiple downloadable games at once, with four projects currently in various stages of completion. To handle the increased number of projects in development, Tim Schafer appointed individuals other than himself to serve as project leads on each of these games. The first fruit of Double Fine’s new downloadable-focused labor, the delightful-looking Halloween-themed RPG Costume Quest, for example, is being headed up by Double Fine lead animator Tasha Harris.

With Costume Quest’s well-timed Halloween release date approaching, Schafer and the folks at Double Fine have begun planning what will eventually be the company’s newest project, due to come out following the release of the four titles already in development. To lead this newest project, Schafer is bringing in an old friend for the position: Ron Gilbert, according to a  Kotaku interview

 This man knows the secret of Monkey Island.

== TEASER ==Gilbert originally worked with Schafer back in the late 80’s and early 90’s at LucasArts, where the two helped create many of the most critically-acclaimed and beloved adventure games in the genre, including The Secret of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion . Though the two eventually went their separate ways, the former coworkers remained in close contact, with Gilbert using the desks at the Double Fine offices to write his most recent title, the action-RPG DeathSpank developed by Hothead.

Now, Gilbert has joined the Double Fine team in earnest, where he’s started planning the company’s newest downloadable game. What will that game eventually be? According to the Kotaku interview, Gilbert and Schafer aren’t saying just yet, though Gilbert teases that, while the new game won’t be an adventure game, fans of the genre will still be pleased by the new project.

Regardless of what they’re working on, it’s cool to see these two designers reunited under the same roof again. I like to imagine they’ve spent these first few days sticking hamsters in the microwave and making SCUMM jokes.
#2 Posted by BeachThunder (12307 posts) -

:D

#3 Posted by vidiot (2737 posts) -

YAY

#4 Posted by Dustpan (1694 posts) -

Awesome.

#5 Posted by mightymightyme (30 posts) -

They probably bonded over that developer's commentary.

#6 Posted by TheSeductiveMoose (3625 posts) -

YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES FUCK YES!!

#7 Posted by Kiemoe (1058 posts) -

Oh god this is awesome. I've been playing the crap out of the monkey island titles lately, so this is really exciting to me.

#8 Posted by Tesla (1939 posts) -

Neat.

#9 Posted by omgmetalgear (141 posts) -

interesting!

#10 Posted by ProfessorEss (7473 posts) -

Bonertastic.

#11 Posted by Jolt92 (1569 posts) -

Damn I hope this is good. For Tim and Ron's sake. I'll buy every single damn game you release Schafer!

#12 Posted by Undeadpool (4989 posts) -

I beeeegiiiiins! (The awesomeness I mean. Sorry if that wasn't clear.)

#13 Edited by Tebbit (4480 posts) -

Cool beans. 
 
EDIT: Cool beans, bro.

#14 Posted by Hockeymask27 (3683 posts) -

Costume Quest is looking more and more awesome.

#15 Posted by TurboMan (7695 posts) -

Oh Shit... 
 
IT'S ON! IT'S ON!

#16 Posted by JJWeatherman (14564 posts) -

Hell yeah. This is awesome!

#17 Posted by lacke (360 posts) -

I should be excited but I'm not. Deathspank and Brutal Legend were good but nowhere near Grim Fandango, Full Throttle quality. Well I hope I'm wrong and that this these guys will make something amazing again.

#18 Posted by nemesis208 (32 posts) -

wow

#19 Posted by Ataribomb (101 posts) -

This can only end well. 

#20 Posted by PokeIkzai (385 posts) -

:3

#21 Posted by ElbartoVienna (17 posts) -

Now we're talking!

#22 Posted by wolf_blitzer85 (5290 posts) -

Duuuude.

#23 Posted by ThePencil (390 posts) -

DOUUBLEEE FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNE!!
 
*Throws up the Horns*

#24 Posted by Aeterna (1118 posts) -

Sold.

#25 Posted by Legend (2660 posts) -

Please let them make a new Monkey Island game.. please let them make a new Monkey Island game.. please let them make a new Monkey Island game.. please let them make a new Monkey Island game.. please let them make a new Monkey Island game.. PLEEEAAAAAASSSSSSEEEEE!!!!!

#26 Posted by Hearse (25 posts) -

Oh god. Future, WHY ARE YOU NOT HERE RIGHT NOW!?

#27 Posted by Genjai (300 posts) -

I'm really excited for this. I think there's a lot of potential for double fine doing downloadable titles. I really liked Deathspank, at least for the $15 price point. I feel I got plenty of funny and enjoyment out of it, would have been seriously lacking as a $60 game.  Therefore, adding Gilbert to Double Fine can only make it better, right?

#28 Posted by Althox (294 posts) -

Oh my... Anyone else thought "EPIC WIN" there, besides me?

#29 Posted by Jimbo (9938 posts) -

Full Throttle and Grim Fandango were far better than anything they made whilst Gilbert was still around.

#30 Posted by BaconGames (3546 posts) -

Like I said a few days ago, Deathspank's humor is what you get when Gilbert is left alone.  Nothing horrid but nothing good either.  I feel like together Shafer and Gilbert can yield the best of both worlds.

#31 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -

Not really, full throttle had a lot of style but did lack substance. The driving combat sections were awful. Lucasarts best game was arguably Day Of The Tentacle and while Ron didn't work on it, the fame certainly had his crazy style of humour and puzzles.

#32 Posted by Milkman (17204 posts) -
@Legend said:
" Please let them make a new Monkey Island game.. please let them make a new Monkey Island game.. please let them make a new Monkey Island game.. please let them make a new Monkey Island game.. please let them make a new Monkey Island game.. PLEEEAAAAAASSSSSSEEEEE!!!!! "
There's no reason to. Telltales' Monkey Island games have been great. I'd rather see the two try something new.
#33 Posted by Artisan88 (43 posts) -

Now if only Justin Bieber would combine with Miley Cyrus, the Battle to End the Universe can finally begin!!

#34 Posted by StaticVoidMain (10 posts) -

Isn't that guy over Gilbert's shoulder the same cardboard cut-out that was in American Pie and the latest Street Fighter movie?  

#35 Posted by AngerPanda (87 posts) -

I really want them to reach the same quality as their earlier work. Brutal Legend and DeathSpank were fairly sizable letdowns. I'll still follow their work, but this time, a bit more cautiously.

#36 Posted by enemymouse (336 posts) -

I hope they get some work done, instead of . . . monkeying around.

#37 Edited by jamielfc25 (17 posts) -

More Pyschonauts quality stuff plz

#38 Posted by hedfone (1751 posts) -

NONONONONONONNONONONONONONONONONONONONON

#39 Posted by gbrading (2103 posts) -

Ron Gilbert and Tim Schafer back together? I'm all aboard: Let's get going! All we need now is Dave Grossman.
#40 Posted by Xeiphyer (5608 posts) -

That photo looks like of like what you would get if you blended Jeff,Ryan,Vinny, and Brad into one person. =P 
 
Also Costume Quest is looking so goddamn good!

#41 Posted by Gnubberen (781 posts) -

Like a fan's wet dream...

#42 Posted by DrPockets000 (2859 posts) -

With this team-up, this is going to be one of the funniest games ever made. 

#43 Posted by roughriders (16 posts) -

" Schafer and the folks at Double Fine begun planning"  
 
" Though the two eventually went their separate ways, however,"

#44 Posted by autobzooty (99 posts) -

Holy shit

#45 Posted by Tordah (2484 posts) -

This is awesome news!

#46 Posted by Kohe321 (3531 posts) -

YES! YES! YES! DID I MENTION, YES!?!?!?

#47 Posted by CoffeeBob (27 posts) -

Awesomeburgers! Can't wait to see what this brings.

#48 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

Totally saw it coming as soon as Gilbert announced his departure from Hothead.

#49 Posted by DefaultGen (135 posts) -

I want Monkey Island + Grim Fandango. 
 
I'll get Brutal Legend + Deathspank.  I don't really like anything these guys have been involved with lately.

#50 Posted by Mordi (553 posts) -
@weekendnihilist said:
" " Schafer and the folks at Double Fine begun planning"  
 
" Though the two eventually went their separate ways, however," "
The first anti-grammar nazi?

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