“I’ll pay real actual money for them.”
Ron Gilbert, co-creator of the Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion series, has called for Disney to sell him back the games’ IP.
Disney recently ceased self-publishing gamesÂ after the perceived failure of Disney Infinity, and had already closed LucasArts – the studio behind Gilbert’s early games – in 2013.
Dear @Disney, now that you’re not making games, please sell me my Monkey Island and Mansion Mansion IP. I’ll pay real actual money for them.
â€” Ron Gilbert (@grumpygamer) May 23, 2016
(Yes, he didÂ addressÂ that he got the name of his own classic game wrong.)
Both Disney and LucasArts games are now exclusively made through a licensing model, meaning other developers will make games using their IP, with Disney earning money as a result.
It’s not impossible that Gilbert could get his way – the sequel to Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle, was recently remastered by Tim Schafer’s Double FineÂ studio. That said, Schafer did call the fact that the game was made a “miracle”.
Gilbert’s latest project is Thimbleweed Park, an adventure game that makes no bones about its close connection to his early work with LucasArts.
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK News Editor and Ron Gilbert once told him that he was terrifically claustrophobic. They were at a press event held in a cramped underground room at the time. Follow him on Twitter.