Monkey Island creator cites end of work on DeathSpank as reason for moving on

Ron Gilbert leaves Hothead Games

Industry veteran Ron Gilbert has left Hothead Games, the studio behind his upcoming title DeathSpank. According to a report by Gamasutra, Gilbert has stated on his blog that he is leaving as the creative and production phases of development on the game are over.

Best known for being the man behind LucasArts’ Monkey Island, Gilbert also more recently founded studio Cavedog before becoming a freelance developer.

"When I started working there two years ago, my goal was to make DeathSpank the most awesome game ever made and have it win a Nobel Prize and the early word out of Stockholm is that DeathSpank is neck-in-neck with some string theory dweeb (eleven dimensions my ass)," Gilbert wrote.

There is no word as yet as to what Gilbert will be working on next. He has declared his intention to work with publishers EA, and Hothead, to promote DeathSpank upon its release later this year.

"As DeathSpank ends the creative and production phases and start down that long and winding road of certification and testing of the XBox and PS3 and [REDACTED] versions, it’s looking quite amazing and is damn funny," wrote Gilbert.

"So, to quote my childhood hero George W. Bush: Mission Accomplished."

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