Tim Schafer hires Ron Gilbert

To make a game for Double Fine.

Tim Schafer has hired Ron Gilbert to work at Double Fine Studios to create a new game.

The pair are best known for creating the Monkey Island games for LucasArts.

Double Fine is working on four games for publisher THQ, the first of which will be Costume Quest. But Gilbert's making something different - something that is yet to be pitched to a publisher.

"The old adventure games are something that could come back," Gilbert teased in an interview with Kotaku. "The Monkey Island stuff did very well on the iPad and the re-release on XBLA. I think there are a lot of people who really do enjoy that kind of game. I think they really could come back.

"That's not saying I'm making an adventure game."

Gilbert created Deathspank for Hothead Games, but left before the game was released. A follow-up, DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue, was released last week.

Tim Schafer's Brutal Legend was released at the end of 2009. The game was picked up by EA after Vivendi unceremoniously dumped it during the Activision Blizzard merger. The collateral from that is still being felt: Schafer made headlines by calling Activision boss Bobby Kotick "a total prick". Bobby Kotick got his own back today, alleging that Schafer "was late" and "missed every milestone".

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