Psychonauts 2: Fans of the original Psychonauts game can now be psyched by the slew of updates that Double Fine Productions has let out of their bags about the follow-up. Psychonauts 2 has been in the pipeline for a while now, but while the creators saw potential in the sequel, it was pretty hard for them to find a publisher to pitch in. The crowdfunding effort that the studio’s Tim Schafer had undertaken was only able to able to raise a fraction of the money actually needed to have it materialize. Finally, however, it looks like Psychonauts 2 is a real possibility, and it will be backed by none other than Swedish game studio Starbreeze.
The $8 million that Starbreeze is putting in for the development and completion of Psychonauts 2 will make the Stockholm-based publisher and developer the largest shareholder in the game. Double Fine had managed to raise $3.8 million earlier through Fig by early 2016, and the studio has put in their own money into the title as well. As per latest developments,Gamesindustry reports that Starbreeze will enjoy 85 percent of the revenue until its investment in Psychonauts 2 has been recovered in its entirety, and will thereafter be paid 60 percent of the total revenue. Double Fine, however, will retain full rights to the new game.
Psychonauts 2 is one sequel that has been in high demand ever since its predecessor gave rise to a strong fanbase. The developers today shared some much-awaited update about the progress of the game alongside the news of a new publisher being brought on. In the video conducted by Schafer himself, we can see how the creators are building the new world for Psychonauts 2 as well as some of the cool movements and tricks that the game’s returning protagonist Raz will be capable of. They also highlighted a couple of changes that they felt were necessary to make the game better playable for fans. Watch the developer update video for Psychonauts 2 below.
Psychonauts 2 is expected to come out by 2018, though we are still to learn of an exact launch date. The sequel will be released for Windows and Mac PCs, Xbox One, and PS4. Come back for future updates.