Earlier today, it was revealed that Double Fine‘s Tim Schafer has pitched the idea of a follow up to the fan-favorite Xbox original title, Psychonauts, to several publishers – but apparently none of them “took the bait.”
Psychonauts 2 has been the stuff of dreams for years, and it seemed that it would remain a dream forever… that was until Minecraft creator Marcus ‘Notch’ Persson took to a particular social media site to express his interest in funding a Psychonauts 2.
Digital Spy had a chance to speak with Schafer, where they probed the famed game developer on the possibility of Psychonauts 2. Much to the dismay of everyone who has ever had the slightest inkling of love for anything ever, Tim confirmed that not a single publisher was keen on getting into bed with the property — likely because of the original’s poor sales upon its launch.
“I would love to do Psychonauts 2, I’ve actually pitched that to publishers several times and no-one has taken the bait so far.”
“I’d love to do that game, but I’d have to convince someone to just give me a few million dollars, that’s all.”
As fate would have it, the treasured indie game-turned global phenomenon, Minecraft, has left Marcus Persson (more commonly referred to as Notch) and his company Mojang with an over abundance of cash. Persson is obviously a huge fans of the first game, and after reading Tim Schafer’s latest comments regarding Psychonauts 2, he decided to offer the required funds to get the project off the ground. How did he go about suggesting this partnership? Via Twitter of course! Notch tweeted at Schafer:
“Let’s make Psychonauts 2 happen.”
To confirm the seriousness of his claims, Marcus also appeared on Reddit to cement his stance on funding the title. When Notch was confronted by a fan on the popular website who asked him whether or not he was confirming the project. Notch then claimed that if the idea were to be green-lit then he’d completely stay out of the development process — allowing Double Fine full creative control of the game.
“We’d probably move on to start sending each other a bunch of boring documents and projections, discuss recoup levels and dlc terms and distribution platforms, get our respective lawyers to look things over, then hopefully finally land on an agreement that both parties think will be beneficial. Assuming THAT works out, I’d be all over it, and I wouldn’t want (or require) any creative input at all. Tim and co has MORE then proven themselves excellent game designers, and it would be incredibly narrow minded of me to think I understand how to design games like that.”
It’s since been confirmed to Giant Bomb that “Tim and Markus are talking…,” which ties into a little teaser suggesting “Who knows what might happen?”
Psychonauts 2 is still far from confirmed, but Mojang’s hypothetical monetary contribution may be just the thing to get the game going. Tim Schafer and Double Fine got back to Notch pretty quickly which seems like some good news, but chances are we won’t see heads or tails from the partnership for months. In the meantime fans will have to satisfy themselves by entering their inner psyche – and by that, I mean go and freakout on message boards all across the Internet.
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Sources: Notch’s Twitter, Reddit, Giant Bomb, and Digital Spy