What isn’t assured, however, are games based on some lesser-known properties. It’s probably safe to assume that Disney isn’t rushing to release anything new from the Monkey Island or Maniac Mansion series any time soon. While these games are beloved by many, they aren’t exactly “hot” licenses. This is something that Ron Gilbert, the man who created both franchises, is painfully aware of. As such, he is asking Disney to sell him the rights to his games.
Gilbert actually made this same request back in 2012 when Disney bought LucasFilm and LucasArts. Speaking to Eurogamer at the time, Gilbert said: “I would love to get the rights back to Monkey Island and be able to really make the game I want to make.” He also wrote a blog post where he explained in detail what he would do if he could make a new Monkey Island game.
Since Disney is now licensing its properties, Gilbert can technically make a new Monkey Island or Maniac Mansion, provided he gave Disney a good reason to allow him to do so — and of course, offered up enough money to make the company interested in such an endeavor. However, Gilbert realizes this is a long shot and that he can’t offer Disney enough money to make it worth their while.
While we shouldn’t completely rule out the possibility of Disney ever making new Monkey Island or Maniac Mansion games — even ones helmed by Ron Gilbert — we probably shouldn’t hold our breath waiting for it to happen.