Psychonauts 2 Crowdfunding Campaign Announced
Tim Schafer, CEO and President of Double Fine Productions, announced last night at The Game Awards that the studio will turning to crowdfunding to make Psychonauts 2 a reality.
The campaign will be launched on Fig, a new site exclusively for video game crowdfunding campaigns, and the studio are seeking $3.3million to create the game – one third of the budget. Double Fine have said they will be contributing a third, while they final third will be contributed by an unnamed external party.
“Our fans constantly ask us to make Psychonauts 2, and often we’ve talked about doing it” said Schafer. “The problem is that through traditional means we’ve never been able to raise a budget high enough to do it justice. When we crowdfunded Broken Age in 2012 and broke all the records with the amount we raised, it really showed me the power of our community, and it made me think… maybe we can do this, maybe we could make Psychonauts 2 this way!”
Psychonauts was originally released in 2005 to critical acclaim, quickly becoming a cult classic but didn’t reach sales expectations.It follows the story of a young psychic named Razputin in his quest to join the Psychonauts—an elite group of international psychic secret agents — as he runs away from the circus and breaks into their secret training facility: Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp.
The sequel will be developed in house by the award winning team at Double Fine Productions, with Tim Schafer as project lead, alongside original collaborators including co-writer Erik Wolpaw, artists Peter Chan, Scott Campbell, and Nathan Stapley, composer Peter McConnell, voice actors Richard Horvitz and Nicki Rapp, and voice director Khris Brown.