Double Fine’s Tim Schafer Discusses “Psychonaut 2’s” Future During Reddit AMA

Earlier this week, Double Fine boss, Tim Schafer, took to Reddit to discuss the future of the developer’s highly anticipated video game, Psychonauts 2. The game captured $3.8 million through its crowdfunding campaign on Fig.

Tim Schafer Double FineDuring AMA chat, Schafer stated:

“The story for Psychonauts 2 is something I wanted to do back when Psychonauts was released. In the intervening years I’ve been keeping a document of ideas going, with new mental worlds and story ideas going in as I think of them. So I’m starting this game with the rough story figured out, ideas for brains and mechanics, and an engine (Unreal).”

He then went on to shared more details about the story:

“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.

Psychonauts 4“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.”

He then revealed:

“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. :)”

Noting how Double Fine has continued to remain transparent, despite some bumps along the waySchafer commented:

Tim Schafer“We have put three games through early access–Hack ‘n’ Slash, Massive Chalice, and Spacebase. Two of these worked out great, and one of those was a disappointment to many people.”

“We have shipped 17 titles over the last 15 years and overall we have a great track record of shipping great games and being extremely transparent and honest with our community. That is the more lasting reputation of Double Fine, and the reason people can feel confident about Psychonauts 2!”


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