Hey everyone, I just wanted to ask some questions, hear what you guys think and hopefully get a discussion going as well.
My main questions would be: why exactly did Ron leave LucasArts, and why did he do so at that time and not before or after?
I've only ever heard vague things, but that might be because I'm not that well informed. Bloodnose Mike over at the LucasArts fan discord provided the explanation that Ron just wanted to own the IP for the games he was making, which is something I'd heard, but I wanted to know if you guys had different or more detailed answers.
Then, some follow-up questions that are a bit more open: do we think the ending to MI2 was setting up a sequel, or was it just a cryptic open ending "for the sake of it"? And coming back to my first question, if Ron and crew did have an MI3 in mind, again, why would Ron leave at that time? Despite MI2 sales not being the best, it's not like management would have stopped them from making a part 3, specially if it was to be a conclusion of sorts. So, has he always had the idea for a trilogy (the famous "MI3a") or is it something he came up with more recently?
I do realise that discussing the MI2 ending is well trodden, rather stomped on ground, but nonetheless feel free to theorise away, although I'm personally more interested in exploring other angles of the issue in question.