Double Fine’s Psychonauts 2 reached its crowdfunding goal of $3 million this week. Congrats to them! To celebrate the end of the successful campaign, head honcho Tim Schafer took to Reddit and YouTube to share some of the story details. Schafer revealed via a Reddit Ask Me Anything that he’s been keeping a document of all his ideas for the sequel for the last several years. This includes story points, characters, and mechanics.
So what’s the story? Schafer writes:
In Psychonauts 2, Raz will finally get to go to Psychonauts headquarters–his lifelong dream. There he can see Sasha and Milla in their natural environment–international espionage. But he finds several things strange about the organization. While Truman Zanotto was missing, several changes to the direction of the organization were made by his second in command. Funding was cut from traditional psychic research and peacekeeping, and redirected to unorthodox, fringe endeavors, including the discredited practice of necromancy. Raz soon uncovers sinister things at work in the shadows of Psychonauts headquarters, including double agents and evils of the past. Raz’s own family history plays a pivotal part in the story, and Raz must confront the roots of the curse placed on his family once and for all. And also deal with this whole “girlfriend” term and what it really means. 🙂
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Schafer also mentioned that the story will begin mere hours after the ending of the original Psychonauts. Raz will have most, if not all of his old powers plus a few new ones. Erik Wolpaw, one of the original writers, will be returning to work on the script.
On the technical side of things, Schafer commented that the sequel should be able to stay within budget for two reasons. First, Double Fine already owns the IP so there’s no buying or transferring of copyrights and trademarks. Secondly, the game will be built on the Unreal Engine rather than Double Fine’s own Buddha Engine to focus on design.
So go back and play Psychonauts right now! There are plenty of goods reasons to do so. But if you don’t have an older console, the original game will be coming to PS4 this spring. Psychonauts 2 is slated for a 2018 release on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Xbox One.
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