This is not a drill, I repeat this is not a drill! During the Game Awards 2015, Tim Schafer took to the stage to announce Psychonauts 2, coming not to Kickstarter, but Fig. Fig is a brand new crowdfunding website exclusively for games, with a unique twist.
The team is asking for $3.3 million, and at time of writing, they’ve already received over $107,000 in less than half an hour. The campaign has 34 days to go, and if the goal is not met (which there’s no way it won’t be), the game won’t be made. The campaign page has the usual fun video you’d expect from a Double Fine pitch, as well as a detailed list of what they hope to accomplish, and who’s working on the game. No gameplay was shown, but hey, there’s Gabe Newell and Jack Black in the pitch video.
Fans have been hollering for Psychonauts 2 since the release of the original. It never sold particularly well, but it became an instant cult classic. Many thought Psychonauts 2 was a surefire release when Minecraft creator Notch approached Double Fine with an offer, but Schafter wanted more money than Notch could provide.
Some might be surprised Double Fine is turning their noses away from Kickstarter, which they’ve had success there twice now. But Fig was started by Justin Bailey, former COO and Producer at Double Fine, a prominent figure in the Double Fine Adventure documentary series. Not to mention the fact that Schafer is on Figs advisory board. Interestingly, we see in the series him talking about moving away from traditional publishing, and his growing interest in crowdfunding. Perhaps we should have seen this moving coming sooner.
Psychonauts 2 will be available in Fall 2018 (if it gets funded) and is available on all the current gen systems, PC, mobile, and
Atari 2600 that’s it.