Set Sail For Hilarity As Monkey Island Special Edition Collection Surfaces

by on July 8, 2011

Well shiver my timbers, today LucasArts and Activision have run up the Jolly Roger as they came ashore to announce the Monkey Island Special Edition Collection for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. This collection will put together the two downloadable titles; The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge in one box, as the two downloadable Adventure Games come to retail shelves for the first time. Lucasarts are also planning to cram the disc full of exclusive bonus content that has never been seen before, so even those who have played the games before might be swayed to buy this double-pack.

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition faithfully re-imagines the critically-acclaimed classic game (originally released in 1990) for original and new audiences alike with all-new HD graphics, a re-mastered musical score, full voiceover, and an in-depth hint system to help players through the game’s side-splitting puzzles. Purists will also delight in the ability to seamlessly switch between the Special Edition and the Classic versions of the game at any time.

Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge expands on the highly successful first title, returning with all of the signature Special Edition features from the first game, plus new enhanced features including direct-control, allowing players to take direct control of Guybrush Threepwood if they choose, and a revamped hint system that highlights objects of interest while playing. The title also includes in-game audio commentary from the game’s original creators Ron Gilbert, Tim Schafer and Dave Grossman, as they share their thoughts and memories about select scenes from the game, both Special and Classic.

The bonus content that will be included on disc will feature environment and character concept art from both the Special Edition games, remastered and re-recorded soundtracks for both games, and in another exclusive, those who buy the collection will also be able to see storyboards and concept art from an Industrial Light & Magic exploration of a Monkey Island animated movie that was never fully realised. This is a project that even hardcore Monkey Island fans weren’t really aware of, so this will be a real treat for long-time Monkey Island players.

Monkey Island Special Edition Collection will be released on 9th September across Europe for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC.