Ron Gilbert wishes he owned Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion

But it looks unlikely now Disney owns LucasArts.

Ron Gilbert wishes he owned the rights to Money Island and Maniac Mansion, two of the games he co-created while at LucasArts.

But it looks unlikely now Disney owns LucasFilm and all that comes with it.

“I would find it hard to believe that Disney would do anything with them, just because I think they just have a lot more important things that will make them a lot more money,” Gilbert, now working on The Cave at Double Fine, told PC Gamer.

“Star Wars, for example, just to throw out one thing.

“And they've even said - even when they announced this thing - they said they're really focused on mobile games. They're just not doing PC games, they're not doing console games, it's just not their focus. So, I kind of don't think they're really going to do anything, and I think this probably wasn't even on their radar when they bought Lucasfilm either.”

Last month Disney bought Lucasfilm for an eye-watering $4.05 billion. The deal meant LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound moved into the house of Mickey Mouse.

At the time LucasArts, maker of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Kinect Star Wars, told Eurogamer: “for the time being all projects are business as usual. We are excited about all the possibilities that Disney brings."

But doubt was cast on Disney's commitment to console games during an investor conference call. Disney CEO Robert Iger said: "We're likely to focus more on social and mobile than we are on console."

“It's kind of sad in a way,” Gilbert continued. “Yeah, I wish I owned Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion, you know? The fact that Lucasfilm owned them, I guess I was kind of OK with that, right? Because I made them there. But now that they're owned by someone else - that kind of sits weird with me.

“It's like, 'Well, if someone else is going to own Monkey Island, it should be me that owns Monkey Island.'”

Gilbert would make Disney an offer for the IP but he believes the gargantuan entertainment company doesn't need the money.

“It's not like I could ever offer them enough money to make it worth their while for them,” he said. “They just seem to be a company that hoards IP, and that kind of worries me. If it had been anyone else but Disney that bought them, I would try to go put together some money and buy them back. But because it's Disney, maybe not. But we'll see, you never know.”

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