Psychonauts was a video game that came out in 2005 for older consoles and PC. Late Thursday night, Psychonauts 2 was revealed during the Video Game Awards show hosted by Geoff Keighley.
This time, the game will be crowd funded to support development costs. Tim Schafer’s studio Double Fine is seeking crowd funding partially because publishers do not want to invest in the development of Psychonauts 2. Psychonauts had a rough development history, and Psychonats 2 is in a similar situation. Here’s what Tim Schafer had to say:
“…I started pitching it, took it round publishers and got a similar response to what I got when the first one was cancelled, which was literally saying things like ‘it’s really creative, it’s just too bad publishers aren’t going for creative games anymore.’ I’m like, what are you talking about? You could if you wanted to! I was getting despondent about that.”
To learn the whole story, read Kotaku’s article about the history of Psychonauts and its sequel. -http://kotaku.com/how-psychonauts-2-came-to-be-1746079926.
Keza MacDonald from Kotaku Australia reported the following:
“It’s going to be crowd-funded through Fig, a platform that lets pledgers actually become investors rather than just contributors, and Double Fine is looking for $US3.3 ($4) million from fans (a nod to how much Broken Age raised). The rest of the development budget will be contributed by Double Fine itself, and outside investors.”
Psychonauts is about a character named Raz who has psychic abilities and jumps into the minds of other characters to try and stop an evil plot. While inside other minds, the player is set on an interesting platform adventure game.
The Crowd funding campaign can be found here, https://www.fig.co/campaigns/psychonauts-2
Check out these videos of the Psyhonauts 2 trailer and a Gamespot video review of the Original Psychonauts video game.