LucasArts has revealed a brand new episode Monkey Island series for PC and WiiWare, plus a "completely re-imagined" version of The Secret of Monkey Island for Xbox Live Arcade and PC - as the German ratings board USK predicted.

Also, buried deep in the announcement, is a reminder that Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (1992) will be an unlockable bonus in the Wii version of Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings.

The Tales of Monkey Island episodic series will be developed by Sam & Max, Strong Bad and Wallace & Gromit maker Telltale Inc. This, then, must have been the E3 announcement the studio teased in May.

We're to get one of five Tales of Monkey Island episodes each month, with the series to begin in "just a few short weeks".

These will follow brand new adventures of Guybrush Threepwood who, whilst battling his old nemesis LeChuck, accidentally releases a voodoo pox that threatens to turn all of the pirates of the Caribbean into monsters.

There's no mention of Tim Schafer of any of the original team being involved, but we are promised the humour, romance and swashbuckling that made Monkey Island a beloved adventure.

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition for XBLA and PC will arrive "later in the summer" and features updated high-definition graphics, a re-mastered musical score and full voice-over on top of the iconic 1990 adventure game.

The statement finishes with by announcing that, "These efforts are just the start of LucasArts' new mission to revitalize [sic] its deep portfolio of beloved gaming franchises."

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