Like the ghost pirate LeChuck, the Monkey Island franchise will be once again brought back to life with two new releases by LucasArts and Telltale Games.
Tales of Monkey Island is the name of the new episodic series being developed by Telltale, a company created by some of the developers of the original games, like Dave Grossman, that returns as the design director for the project. The composer Michael Land, responsible for the famous music of all Monkey Island games, also returns along with Dominic Armato reprising his role as Guybrush Threepwood. The first of the five planned episodes will be available on July 7, with a later release set for the WiiWare service.
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is a high-resolution remake of the classic game, with redrawn graphics, a remastered digital music score and newly recorded dialog, with Armato also providing the voice of Guybrush. As a bonus feature, players will be able to switch between the original game and the new remake on the fly, by pressing a button. The game is being developed by LucasArts, to be released on this summer for PC and Xbox Live Arcade.
The announcement of the new titles prompted Ron Gilbert, the creator of the series, to share some memories from the development of the original game on his blog.