Neil Druckmann, the man behind the gritty The Last of Us games, makes an appearance in the delightful and relatively colorful Return to Monkey Island.
Last night, I finished Return to Monkey Island. It was an amazing moment for me, and as I sat watching the credits roll with my heart feeling pleasantly full, I saw a name come up on the screen that I didn’t expect to see there – Neil Druckmann.
“Neil Druckman?” my mind tried to calculate as my lips verbalized my surprise. Certainly not Neil Druckmann whose Ellie and Joel can be heard cursing left, right and center in a game that is definitely not for kids.
Well, yes, it is actually Neil Druckmann.
I did a quick internet crawl and came across a tweet from the man himself thanking the Return to Monkey Island team for the “top [his] goals of life”.
He continued, “I still can’t believe it! Ahhhhhh!” This helpful tweet was accompanied by an in-game screenshot of Guybrush Threepwood, who I assume is the character Druckmann provided his voice for.
I talked to this character in my playthrough (I talked to everyone, I didn’t want to miss anything) and, I have to say, I didn’t associate Druckmann’s name with this voice. I’ll have to go back with my son to his save file to see if I can identify it now that I know.
But despite my initial confusion with this cameo, it makes sense. Druckmann has been seen regularly tweeting about Return to Monkey Island recently as he plays it too.
Returning to monkey island is amazing! Easily one of the best adventure games ever! It kind of lived up to my crazy high expectations. Hearty congratulations to @grumpygamer and co.!
(And thanks for the original code! ♥️) pic.twitter.com/Y1kyLNrrQ2
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) September 19, 2022
He was also one of many in the industry to share his support for Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert when he announced that he was no longer going to share updates about the game on his blog due to unwarranted attacks from so-called fans.
This series clearly means a lot to Druckmann, as it does to many of us, and it’s fun to slowly discover more little Easter eggs hidden in the pirate world of Return to Monkey Island.