Psychonauts 2!


#41

29% funded already. I suppose I should put my money where my mouth is after all these years of asking for a P2, but damn if Broken Age wasn’t the opposite of compelling to me. Argh.

As a 2018 game, this could come out at the tail end of the XB1/PS4 generation. Who am I kidding, they might as well annouce that it’s been delayed already.


#42

I will probably buy this when it comes out, if it’s good, because I am a crazy maverick who plays by his own rules.


#43

I guess I’d be happy if the first half of Psychonauts 2 is as good as the first half of Broken Age, and on past performance I won’t finish the game anyway.


#44

They talk about this, there are four funding sources, the FIG campaign to get the game with its $3.3M goal, the FIG Investor campaign, Double Fine funds, and money from an unnamed publisher.


#45

Majesco!


#46

I’m thinking Notch. Didn’t he try to fund Psychonauts 2 on his own a while back?


#47

Apparently Double Fine had such a large group of people who spend a lot of time posting comments about how much they hate them, holy cow. Did you know Tim Schafer once called Bobby Kotick a dick? Just thought I’d join in with the 10,000 other people repeating it in every Psychnauts 2 news story comment feed. WTF?


#48

The man aint wrong.


#49

I know some people have a bone to pick with Double Fine. I get it. I was a backer for Broken Age too. I saw what happened to Spacebase DF-9.

But Massive Chalice, Brutal Legend, Psychonauts, all these override any negative. For the flaws of Broken Age, it did get made, and the documentary vids were part of why I backed. I got my value from that. Psychnauts is amazing in many ways. I would love to see more of that universe.

So while I do share some of the reservations about Tim Schafer as a project manager, as a designer and writer I hold him in esteem like few others in the industry. Backing is certainly a risk, but there is no chance I would skip doing so. This is a game I want to exist, and a game I would play no matter what if released.


#50

Broken Age was my favorite Kickstarter I’ve contributed to. The documentary alone was worth the $30 I paid, but I really loved the game too.

Look through the site and watch the video and they’re clear that their proposed budget for Psychonauts 2 is around $13 million. Fig backers/investors are just a fraction of the total they have lined up.


#51

Ok.

I’ve not played the first Psychonauts, although I’ve got it on steam.

I backed Double Fine Advenutre at the basic level way back. I’ve yet to play Broken Age Act 2 due to, well, actually playing all these video games I pay money for takes effort.

Anyone who backed DFA and consider it a failed kickstarter clearly did not pay attention to the project video announcing how the 2PP documentary could possibly chronicle a spectacular failure. I got way more entertainment from the 20 episode DFA-documentary than from games that cost me a lot more than $15.

I’m in for Psyconauts 2 at $69.


#52

Just got a backer update email, and apparently in addition to Psychonauts 2 (!!!) the folks at Double Fine are also working on a side Psychonauts project called Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, to be released next year as a PS4 VR game. I think it sounds interesting but as someone who does not own a PS4, I’m slightly bummed that I will be missing out on this experience. Hopefully I can live vicariously through a Let’s Play of this someday, if VR Let’s Plays are a thing that can happen.


#53

Ah Meat Circus. That was also the point I (rage)quit the game. I thought they sort of fixed it in the digital re-release.


#54

Yes, but a) I had a physical copy, and b) apparently the bit they fixed isn’t the bit I was having the most trouble with.


#55

There were definitely some tricky parts on that level (the hardest being some ring of fire that you had to ascend/descend through I believe), but I was eventually able to beat it. For the most part I loved Psychonauts, but I have no interest in funding game development at this point, so I’ll just hope that it does get made, and made competently. I wonder if it will take place in the same time frame or if Raz and the gang will be older.


#56

I never got past the matador fight in Psychonauts, but I think that’s because I was playing the game on mouse/keyboard, and it’s really a controller game. This was in the days before I got a controller, perhaps one day I’ll revisit it, but it’s a huge game (and I lost my save). I got close enough to the Meat Circus for it to almost count though. ;)


#57

So, what’s the difference between Fig and Kickstarter? If you go for a reward tier, are you an investor, or are those separate?


#58

No. Fig and Kickstarter are essentially the same thing for ordinary contributors. But on Fig, you have the opportunity to invest a minimum of $500 to potentially get a return on that investment.


#59

Based on these comments seems like DoubleFine make better documentaries than games. Maybe they should move into the film business?

-Todd


#60

They aren’t the ones making the documentaries. That’s Two Player Productions. But also I would heartily disagree with that sentiment. DoubleFine still make some of my favorite videogames, full stop, and get way more creative with them than a lot of studios.