Veteran designer and The Cave
creator Ron Gilbert
announced his departure from Double Fine Productions to "plot his next move" in the industry. In a post on his blog, Gilbert profusely thanked his former colleagues and studio founder Tim Schafer, saying it was a "true pleasure to work with every one of them," and simply that it was time to move on.
Schafer and Gilbert, who co-wrote The Secret of Monkey Island
and Monkey Island 2
, reprised their working relationship in 2010 when Gilbert joined Double Fine Productions
. After two years of toil, Gilbert released the literally full-of-junk The Cave
earlier this year.
Gilbert's short-term plan is to continue working with DeathSpank
co-creator Clayton Kauzlaric on an iOS game, which he revealed has the catchy moniker of Scurvy Scallywags in The Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty: A Musical Match-3 Pirate RPG -
the man does like his pirates.
But clearly Gilbert has intentions beyond that, with the 49-year-old arbiter of adventure pointedly noting there are "so many games left to be designed."