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Monkey Island 2: Special Edition announced

Monkey Island 2: Special Edition announced

Monkey Island 2: Special Edition will see a multi-platform release this Summer, complete with new features.

At an exclusive pirate-themed party hosted at GDC 2010 Lucasarts has announced that a special edition remake of The Secret of Monkey Island 2: Lechuck's Revenge is in the works and will be released this Summer.

As with The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, Monkey Island 2's remake will be a multi-platform affair, with PC, XBLA, PSN and iPhone versions all announced. Monkey Island 2: SE will make use of most of the same style too, updating the art style and including complete voiceovers.

But that's not all. In response to fan feedback Lucasarts has promised that Monkey Island 2: SE will also include some new features and extras that will appeal to long time fans of the series. There'll be new, never-before-seen art from Peter Chan and Steve Purcell, as well as brand new developer commentary.

Other changes include a new control system for moving Guybrush around, which Lucasart's Craig Derrick reckons will help players feel more connected to him, and re-imagined character designs - Lucasarts is citing fan dislike for Guybrush's hair as the reason for that. All we can say is that they'd better leave his non-beard alone...

The Secret of Monkey Island series is often considered a stand-out classic in the adventure game genre, appearing often on 'Best Game Ever' lists - especially those written by Joe. The second game in the series follows hapless pirate Guybrush Threepwood as he tries to escape the zombie pirate Lechuck and find a legendary treasure called Big Whoop. It's hilarious stuff.

Lucasarts announced at the same event that the remastered version of the first game in the series will also be heading to Mac and PSN in the future, so there really is no reason not to play it.

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TWeaK 11th March 2010, 11:07 Quote
Awesome!! Sadly, I never actually owned MI2, but now I can get the opportunity to play it through properly.
PegasusM 11th March 2010, 11:50 Quote
loved the first remake so will definitely be getting this. I hope they do as good a job as the last. What's wrong with Guybrush's hair? lol
Fizzban 11th March 2010, 11:52 Quote
Still got the original first two Monkey Island games and my Amiga 1200 to play them on. But I must admit I did enjoy playing through the SE edition of the first game. I especially liked being able to flick between the old style graphics and the new. I will defiantly play this!
GiantStickMan 11th March 2010, 12:24 Quote
I was hanging out for this announcement, I was fairly sure it was going to happen but good to hear it confirmed.

I am a little concerned by the new control scheme to make players 'more connected' since Lucasarts don't have a great track record for this; Grim Fandango being a prime example, fantastic game but cumbersome controls, why fix it if it ain't broke?

Regardless, let's hope this continues, I'd love to see a remastered Day of the Tentacle :D
mi1ez 11th March 2010, 13:02 Quote
I lost all my progress in the frist special edition. Best go play it again ready!
Tyinsar 11th March 2010, 16:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by TWeaK
Awesome!! Sadly, I never actually owned MI2, but now I can get the opportunity to play it through properly.
Same here. 3 was out by the time I got to 2 (the joys of remote northern communities before the internet :() and I couldn't force myself to go back and play two - couldn't find a legit copy at the time either :(. I enjoyed 1 greatly. 3 was OK fun. I have a copy of 4 but don't even remember if I played it :?. Anyway - from what I've read 1 & 2 were the best so I'm looking forward to this.
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Originally Posted by GiantStickMan
... I'd love to see a remastered Day of the Tentacle :D
That was indeed awesome and unique at the time. ;)
wuyanxu 11th March 2010, 16:45 Quote
what took them so long :)
PingCrosby 11th March 2010, 17:56 Quote
It went downhill after Monkey Island 2 with all that stupid speech, it just took the fun out of it. And Guybrush looked like a right Puff in the later ones as well. And before anyone starts it was the Original Monkey Island that got me into computing in the first place, absolutely loved them first 2 games played them both through from start to end. Just play the original MI2 without the speech, you'll actually laugh out loud, its the only game EVER to make me do that.
johnnyboy700 11th March 2010, 18:34 Quote
Yessssss!

Bring it on, hopefully we'll see them dip into the rest of their back catalogue.
Farfalho 11th March 2010, 23:06 Quote
While your at it, Lucas, why not remastered Grim Fandango, Star Wars: Roque Squadron 3D (loved that game, GF too). Hell yeah, finally getting to play MI2, never got to finished but boy, did I laugh so hard because of the game ='D Pure genious
CardJoe 12th March 2010, 07:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tyinsar
Same here. 3 was out by the time I got to 2 (the joys of remote northern communities before the internet :() and I couldn't force myself to go back and play two - couldn't find a legit copy at the time either :(. I enjoyed 1 greatly. 3 was OK fun. I have a copy of 4 but don't even remember if I played it :?. Anyway - from what I've read 1 & 2 were the best so I'm looking forward to this.
That was indeed awesome and unique at the time. ;)

1 - Amazing game
2 - Holy crap this is the best
3 - Slightly less holy crap, still amazing
4 - So bad it deserves to be burned

IMHO
B1GBUD 12th March 2010, 11:27 Quote
I want X-Wing, and I want to fly using my mouse like the original please!!!
dire_wolf 12th March 2010, 23:36 Quote
And in even better news, the pre-order DVD for tales of MI is now available to order :)
Xir 16th March 2010, 14:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by B1GBUD
I want X-Wing, and I want to fly using my mouse like the original please!!!

Same, but using a Force Feedback Joystick. (yes I still own one)
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