Double Fine Productions has just received a huge loss. Ron Gilbert (a.k.a. GrumpyGamer), the developer responsible for the Maniac Mansion and The Secret of Monkey Island adventure classics, has decided to leave Tim Schafer’s company and search for greener pastures. This unfortunate announcement was made public in Ron Gilbert’s personal blog post.
His post stated:
“Now that The Cave is done and unleashed on an unsuspecting world (ok, we did do a bunch of PR, so it wasn’t exactly unsuspecting), it’s time for me to move on from Double Fine and plot my next move.
So many games left to be designed.
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.”
Sad news indeed, but Gilbert added in a nice farewell gift for any fans of The Cave. He also tossed out some information for his new iOS title that is in the works and that you can expect to see him present the PAX Australia keynote.
“Over the next few weeks, I’m going to post some behind the scenes pictures we took during the game’s development and stuff like this…
For the short term, Clayton Kauzlaric and I have been toiling away on another iOS side project that I’m going to focus on over the next few months. It’s called Scurvy Scallywags in The Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty: A Musical Match-3 Pirate RPG. I’ll post some screen shots in the next few days.
I also have that PAX Australia keynote to write. How did I ever let them talk me into doing that. So much fun. So much pain. Maybe I’ll just do a 45 minute Q and A session.”
It seems like Gilbert enjoyed working on The Cave with Double Fine Productions, but the pirate loving developer sounds like it is his time to start another game industry adventure. Looking forward to seeing where he will pop up next. He has my best wishes.