Return to Monkey Island’s first gameplay trailer is a swashbuckling trip of nostalgia

When Coming later this year, players will finally discover the mystery of Monkey Island. That’s the pitch made by series creator Ron Gilbert in the game’s latest trailer, which premiered during Nintendo’s show today. “My name is Guybrush Threepwood and this is a story about the time I finally discovered the mystery of Monkey Island,” voice actor Dominic Armato explains at the beginning of the clip.

As you can imagine, the trailer is full of nods to past Monkey Island games, including some of the series’ best gags. At one point Guybrush drifts to the bottom of the Caribbean, a sign points to Monkey Island and advises it’s only a six-minute walk away. Good thing our hero can hold his breath for 10 minutes.

Many fan-favorite characters also appear in the clip. Among others, I saw Stan S. Stanman, used-ship salesman and garish make-up artist, locked in the brig of LeChuck’s ship. Coincidentally, you can chat with Stan Return to Monkey Island updated where he explains that he is in prison for “crimes related to marketing” which may result in the sale of .

If you missed the April news, Return to Monkey Island marks Ron Gilbert’s return to the series he created in the late ’80s. Gilbert wrote and directed The Mystery of Monkey Island, and worked on the second game before leaving LucasArts in 1992. Monkey Island veteran Dave Grossman is also working on the new game, which will take place after the first two games. On consoles Return to Monkey Island will appear first on Nintendo Switch.

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