Yesterday, Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert announced via his blog that he is leaving Double Fine Productions effective immediately. Here is a brief explanation in his own words:
“Now that The Cave is done and unleashed on an unsuspecting world, it’s time for me to move on from Double Fine and plot my next move. So many games left to be designed,” he said.
“I want to thank all the amazing people at Double Fine for all their hard work on The Cave. It was a true pleasure to work with every one of them over the past two years. So much fun. I will miss them all. And of course to Tim for creating the opportunity to come there and make The Cave.”
Gilbert’s departure from the studio is all part of an agreement made long ago between him and Tim Schafer regarding development on The Cave. Needless to say, this news may not be a big deal to many but it does make me curious on the status of Double Fine’s mystery Adventure game Kickstarter project. While Gilbert may not have been heavily involved in this project, I’m curious to see just how far along the venture is and if we will see a release date later this year.
Meanwhile, it’s no secret that The Cave has been receiving mixed reviews from just about every website including ours. It is very much a game where you will either love or hate the experience. We look forward to seeing what Ron’s next project will be and if it has the potential to top the cave in some way, shape, or form.
How do you feel about Ron’s departure from Double Fine? Will you still be picking up their adventure game when it comes out later this year? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below.