Ron Gilbert Shares His Thoughts On The End Of A LucasArts Era
[Update] Ron Gilbert has posted a more in-depth note on his own blog that details more about his experiences at Lucasfilm Games.Additionally, Tim Schafer has offered his thoughts to Game Informer here.
Today has been filled with sorrow and touching memories in the wake of LucasArts' significant shift in focus and its related layoffs. It's impossible for many of us to look back on the storied history of the publisher without fond memories of Ron Gilbert's comedic adventure, Maniac Mansion. For those unfamiliar with the 1987 release, it featured enormous replay value with multiple characters and a small party that allowed for clever puzzle solutions. Those who have played Double Fine's The Cave, another Gilbert brainchild, will no doubt see the genesis of that game's party system in Maniac Mansion.
Gilbert, who is also known for Lucasfilm Games' The Secret of Monkey Island, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, and an Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure title, shared with us his thoughts on LucasArts' fate and his prospects for reacquiring the rights to Monkey Island.
"It's a sad day for me, although it was not unexpected," Gilbert shared. "I don't think this changes my chances for getting the rights to [Monkey Island] back at all. It might make it a tad more likely, but not much. I grew up at Lucasfilm Games (it's what I will always call it). I'm just glad I got to play a part in its history."