The Secret of Monkey Island and The Cave creator, Ron Gilbert, surprised a lot of fans yesterday when he announced his departure from Double Fine. However, it turns out that he had always intended to keep his employment at Tim Schafer's company short-lived.

While speaking with Eurogamer, Gilbert said, "It wasn't, 'Hey, come to Double Fine.' It was, 'Come to Double Fine and make The Cave.' I was telling [Tim Schafer] about The Cave and he really liked it, so he said, 'Come to Double Fine and make it.' It was really all about making that game."

When pressed for more details about why he didn't remain at the studio for job security, Gilbert said, "I think in some ways I've always been a little bit of a nomad. I like moving around. I like trying different things...I love being independent. I've always been independent. After I left LucasFilm I started Humongous Entertainment, which was my company. I just like doing independent stuff."

Gilbert is currently working on an iOS game called Scurvy Scallywags in The Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty: A Musical Match-3 Pirate RPG which should release in a couple months.