Californian development studio Telltale Games today announced plans to reignite LucasArt's seminal Monkey Island franchise with two projects - a high-definition remake of the classic Secret Of Monkey Island game for PC and Xbox Live Arcade and an all-new episodic series called Tales Of Monkey Island for PC and WiiWare.
You can read the official press release below:
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif – June 1, 2009 – LucasArts today announced that the original hilarious pirate adventure is back, with two new projects underway based on the classic Monkey Island franchise. Beginning in just a few short weeks, Telltale will premiere the Tales of Monkey Island™ game series, delivering a completely new epic storyline and swashbuckling flair that will unfold across five monthly episodes on PC and WiiWare™. The Monkey Island celebration continues later in the summer when LucasArts publishes The Secret of Monkey Island™: Special Edition, a completely re-imagined version of the first game in the series that adds updated high definition graphics, a re-mastered musical score, and full voiceover to the classic adventure game originally launched in 1990. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition will be made available on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PC.
Today's announcement represents a new partnership between LucasArts and digital entertainment pioneers Telltale who are crafting new experiences for today's audiences with engaging stories delivered through regular monthly episodes. Tales of Monkey Island is developed by Telltale, whose team includes designers and artists who worked on all of the previous Monkey Island games. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is being developed internally by LucasArts, the company that started it all with the original Monkey Island games.
“We couldn’t be any more excited about bringing Monkey Island to today's gamers -- both in our special edition of the original classic, and through our collaboration with Telltale on the episodic series,” said LucasArts’ President Darrell Rodriguez. “We can’t wait for Guybrush Threepwood and LeChuck to return to gamers’ screens.”
Telltale Games was formed in late 2004 by ex-LucasArts employees and is responsible for such games as Sam and Max: Season One for Wii, Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventure for XBLA and the Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People series on WiiWare. Telltale will be joined by several members of the original Monkey Island development team for Tales Of Monkey Island, including director Dave Grossman, composer Michael Land and the voice of Guybrush himself Dominic Armato. (Click here for a full list of Monkey Island alum involved in the project.)
The first episode of the series is dated for a PC release on July 7, with no scheduled release dates for Tales Of Monkey Island on the WiiWare service. Considering the somewhat erratic release schedule of the Strong Bad series on WiiWare one can imagine why Telltale might be reluctant to announce anything at this point. Oh, Nintendo.
Stay tuned to NintendoLife for more updates on the status of Tales Of Monkey Island as it comes to hand.