Ron Gilbert Joins Tim Schafer To Lead New Double Fine Project

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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.
 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.
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#1  Edited By mattbodega

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.
 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.
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#2  Edited By BeachThunder

:D

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#3  Edited By vidiot

YAY

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#4  Edited By Dustpan

Awesome.

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#5  Edited By mightymightyme

They probably bonded over that developer's commentary.

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#6  Edited By TheSeductiveMoose

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

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#7  Edited By Kiemoe

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.

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#8  Edited By Tesla

Neat.

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#9  Edited By omgmetalgear

interesting!

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#10  Edited By ProfessorEss

Bonertastic.

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#11  Edited By Julmust

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

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#12  Edited By Undeadpool

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

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#13  Edited By tebbit

Cool beans. 
 
EDIT: Cool beans, bro.

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#14  Edited By hockeymask27

Costume Quest is looking more and more awesome.

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#15  Edited By turboman

Oh Shit... 
 
IT'S ON! IT'S ON!

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#16  Edited By JJWeatherman

Hell yeah. This is awesome!

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#17  Edited By lacke

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.

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#18  Edited By nemesis208

wow

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#19  Edited By Ataribomb

This can only end well. 

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#20  Edited By PokeIkzai

:3

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#21  Edited By ElbartoVienna

Now we're talking!

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#22  Edited By wolf_blitzer85

Duuuude.

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#23  Edited By ThePencil

DOUUBLEEE FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNE!!
 
*Throws up the Horns*

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#24  Edited By Aeterna

Sold.

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#25  Edited By Legend

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!!!!!

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#26  Edited By Hearse

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

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#27  Edited By Genjai

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?

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#28  Edited By Althox

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

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#29  Edited By Jimbo

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

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#30  Edited By bacongames

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.

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#31  Edited By SeriouslyNow

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.

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#32  Edited By Milkman
@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.
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#33  Edited By artisan88

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

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#34  Edited By StaticVoidMain

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

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#35  Edited By AngerPanda

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.

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#36  Edited By enemymouse

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

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#37  Edited By jamielfc25

More Pyschonauts quality stuff plz

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#38  Edited By hedfone

NONONONONONONNONONONONONONONONONONONONON

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#39  Edited By gbrading

Ron Gilbert and Tim Schafer back together? I'm all aboard: Let's get going! All we need now is Dave Grossman.
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#40  Edited By Xeiphyer

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!

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#41  Edited By UncleDisco

Like a fan's wet dream...

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#42  Edited By DrPockets000

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

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#43  Edited By roughriders

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

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#44  Edited By autobzooty

Holy shit

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#45  Edited By Tordah

This is awesome news!

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#46  Edited By Kohe321

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

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#47  Edited By CoffeeBob

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

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#48  Edited By MrKlorox

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

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#49  Edited By DefaultGen

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.

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#50  Edited By mordi
@weekendnihilist said:
" " Schafer and the folks at Double Fine begun planning"  
 
" Though the two eventually went their separate ways, however," "
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