ReBooty: Monkey Island FPS Revealed

Still better than the third game, amirite?

‘Tis the season for it, apparently. Next from the roster of beloved PC games from the 90s to get a suitably modern first-person shooter remake is classic point and click adventure The Secret Of Monkey Island – now reimagined as an action title. “Time has moved on,” said LucasGames chief modernisation officer Ian Koticiello. “We’re big fans of the original Monkey Island(TM), we’re definitely paying as much homage to it as we can – bringing across the essence of the world, the core essence of what it is to be an inept wannabe pirate with a glock safe action pistol.”

M.O.N.K.E.Y., due in Q3 2012, “takes that viewpoint from the original game and zooms into Jack Threepwood’s head.” Featuring visceral pirate- and zombie-shooting action, a recharging Grog system and a extensive multiplayer mode which faithfully homages the original game by enabling gamers to take direct control over six beloved Monkey Island(TM) series characters in brutal deathmatch arenas, M.O.N.K.E.Y. brings this dark and gritty saga of high seas combat and undead horror to a whole new audience. You can see the first footage below.

Oh dear, you lot aren’t going to be very happy about this, are you? More details here.

(Thanks to Joe Martin for the tip).

Edit: Apparently that’s just the console version. The PC version is going to look much better:


  1. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    Jack Threepwood?! *sigh*

  2. Zarunil says:

    Edit: reply fail. WHO ATE THE POSTS?!

    I for one am looking forward to having less of everything.

  3. Bob says:

    The same people are going to add another 6 hours of game time to MoH. The shock being this extra content will actually be entertaining.

  4. Kefren says:

    I laughed!

  5. JYzer says:

    No one selling fine leather jackets? Where’s that spambot when you need him.

  6. DiamondDog says:

    Turning it into an FPS isn’t going to help them squeeze more cash out of this franchise. People are just going to pirate it.

    • Doesntmeananything says:

      Some would say that your prognosis doesn’t have a wooden leg to stand on.

    • Eddy9000 says:

      Apparently it was so buggy on Macs that they had to release an i-patch.

    • Lambchops says:

      I like my FPS games hard, I hope there’s an option to turn off the corsairs.

      (hmm, bit of a stretch that one!)

    • Eddy9000 says:

      Piracy will be prevented by the D-Yarr-M.

    • ResonanceCascade says:

      Are you at least going to participate in the promotional AarrrRG?

  7. Anarki says:

    This is great news, but I’m still waiting for FPS conversions of Myst, Riven, and Commander Keen.

    • Urthman says:

      It’s called RealMyst, it’s great, and I wish they’d do it for Riven as well.

  8. konrad_ha says:

    But will it have dedicated servers?

  9. jonfitt says:

    Please tell me it will be a free2play with “RPG elements”.

  10. gwathdring says:

    That’s some damn fine mapmaking … the little details, the smooth transition from 2D to 3D layouts … bravo sirs. I am quite impressed. Those are gorgeous maps. Also, I’d forgotten how much I loved the main theme.

    Remind me again why DICE either believes or pretends to believe that map-makers who would pour this much time and effort into recreating someone else’s worlds (for fun, mind), would being unwilling to spend enough time and effort building their own worlds in a more complicated tool-set?

  11. Tyrone Slothrop. says:

    After a rather irate Alec Meer in the previous Syndicate article commentary section, this uh… ‘parody’ is redolent of sour grapes. As TotalBiscuit pondered, other than Syndicate and XCOM (which had an FPS spin-off I believe), has there been any other major franchise that has switched genres into a FPS?

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      sour grapes

      I do not think that means what you think that means.

    • Alec Meer says:


    • Nick says:

      Fallout. And you believe wrong, there has never been an FPS Xcom, there was an abysmal (and I mean truely, truely dreadful) third person game of it though (and of Fallout, funnily enough).

    • The_Great_Skratsby says:

      I for one mourn the loss of the Ghost Recon and particularly Rainbow Six games.

    • Moni says:

      Is there a space simulation Fallout spin-off?

    • Nick says:

      No, is that relevant?

    • Cinnamon says:

      Shadowrun, Bionic Commando, and Front Mission can be included I think. I was also particularly disappointed when the cerebral 50 Cent series was marred by the release of the shooter 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand.

    • Nick says:

      Well, Shadowrun maybe (I would love another cRPG made out of Shadowrun, great IP for one and the Snes and Megadrive/Genesis versions were great), but Front Mission and Bionic Commando weren’t FPSs were they?

    • bill says:

      Duke Nukem?

  12. Cugel says:

    Interesting, it seems like this is a trend of sorts .

    And I have to say I approve.

  13. Davie says:

    Wait, I can do this, too!
    “We’re huge fans of the original [x], but times have changed and [x]’s genre is no longer as marketable. We have tried to keep the feel of the original game by inserting a few token references here and there, but we always thought [x] would be best as a first-person shooter. Give us money nao.”

    Next up: Grim Fandango: Shooty Edition

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    Gassalasca says:

    What is this, I don’t even.

  15. Hey What? says:

    Wow im not even a monkey island fan and i was getting pretty upset before i figured it out. Good show alec.

  16. Snuffy the Evil says:

    Now selling fine leather jackets in the StanCo store.

  17. herschel says:

    I thoroughly loled! Thanks Alec.

  18. Jazz42 says:

    but will there be SPACE MARINESSS?

  19. HermitUK says:

    You missed the announcement that there’s a God of War style Action Adventure also coming out to bridge the gap between Tales and the new games. Basically kicks off with the murder of JoJo the Monkey, and the game follow’s Guybrush’s quest for vengeance.

    This year
    The only solution
    Is ‘Use Sword on Everyone’

  20. vodka and cookies says:

    This would actually work and probably do well if really done.

  21. Salastradius says:

    Yeah, I always tought the best Command & Conquer was Renegade…

    And I heard about a Tetris remake in FPS style.
    Dawn, that´ll make money!!!

  22. LostViking says:

    It really p|sses me off that they didn’t make the Civ 5 an FPS!

    This ‘look at things from above’ stuff is useless. I want to shoot Ghandi in the face, crushing him with armies isn’t good enough.

  23. Yosharian says:


    Please someone tell me this is a joke.

    • Teddy Leach says:

      Not sure if serious or commenting on the actual idiots who have been taking this seriously.

    • Yosharian says:

      “I spotted that this was a joke before you, so I’m better at the internet than you”

    • Eddy9000 says:

      (I don’t think Yosharian noticed it was a joke…)

    • Yosharian says:

      FFS I am tired and I have toothache, give me a break.

  24. Juxtapox says:

    Good one RPS, good one.. :)

  25. Navagon says:

    Well played, Mr Meer. Well played.

    In all seriousness though that Crysis one looked oh so very damn fine.

  26. povu says:

    Why is RPS listening on in my Steam conversations and stealing my jokes? This is my idea damn it.

    (Also, don’t you mean the 4th game? :P)

  27. LionsPhil says:

    It’s like they reached into my thoughts after the last bout of FPS-ising, and then made a full-blown parody out of them, travelling back into the past in order to have the time to make it.

    I am, of course, going to sue.

  28. mr.doo says:

    This looks quite cool actually, a proper game with this look would be awesome.

  29. trivial says:

    If this is meant to be commentary on the Syndicate FPS story (and the fucking atrocity that is the new XCOM), then kudos and bravo to you, RPS.

  30. Srethron says:

    …but can you fight like a cow?

  31. Muzman says:

    From the first screenshot I thought it was a Doom TC.
    Kinda disappointed now.

  32. Ankheg says:

    Epic Syndicate win. You’re great.

  33. Melf_Himself says:

    “LucasGames chief modernisation officer”

    The fact that they need a person with this as his job title means that they have descended into that special level of corporate silliness that seems to be the hallmark of the modern era.

    The dream: weed out all of the designers/programmers until you are left with an unbroken circle of managers bestowing increasingly ludicrous job titles on one another.

    • Ergates_Antius says:

      You do realise that high-horse you’re sitting on doesn’t actually exist? Right?

  34. Zanchito says:

    Without requiring a constant internet connection, how do I know my characters will be saved and available for me 3 years in the future?

    Also, will I be able to buy the “Stan’s used boats” DLC as soon as the game is released?

    Other than that, I wish they did something like this with Syndicate or X-Com.

  35. Ergates_Antius says:

    Seem to be a few people who can’t read dates.

  36. Malibu Stacey says:

    Ban this sick filth.

  37. FalseMyrmidon says:

    It’s funny to see how butthurt you are over Syndicate being turned into an FPS vs X-COM.

  38. pipman3000 says:

    those greedy brutes are murdering my childhood :O !!!!!!!!!!!!