It might not be coming to consoles until 2018, but Double Fine’s Psychonauts 2 has picked up a prestigious publishing deal with independent publishing firm, Starbreeze AB to bring the game to consoles & PC.
Starbreeze will be the major investor in the project, which is also part-funded by Double Fine themselves, injecting a reported $8m into the title. The deal will see Starbreeze take an 85% initial revenue share from sales of the Psychonauts 2, a figure which should see them recoup 100% of the full investment, after platform and distribution fees and Fig crowdfunding share. After their investment has been recouped, Starbreeze will then grab 60% of the revenue share while all Intellectual Property rights for Psychonauts 2 are retained by Double Fine.
If you’ve not seen it before, Psychonauts 2 is a third-person action adventure platformer where players control Razputin Aquato, a newly graduated Psychonaut, possessed of powerful psychic abilities. You’ll guide Razputin around, using his PSI powers to delve into the minds of others and utilise telekinesis, pyrokinesis and levitation. Combine this with Raz’s acrobatic platforming skills and you’ll be able to explore the mental worlds of the title’s eccentric characters.
The story of Psychonauts 2 picks up directly after the events of the first game and the VR adventure, Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin. Don’t worry, though, you won’t need to have played those games in order to get into and be immersed in Psychonuats 2. In this new story, Raz arrives at headquarters, excited to finally become an official Psychonaut. He soon finds himself caught between the laws of the Psychonauts and his loyalty to his friends. Add to this, a secret mission that could undo everything for which he has fought so hard.
Starbreeze AB’s CEO, Bo Andersson-Klint;
Many of us gamers who’ve grown up during the ’70s and ’80s have at some point some come across the great games from Double Fine and Tim Schafer. Games like Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle and Brutal Legend are all in the list of personal all time favourites for many of us. We’re very proud to be able to add this prominent collaboration to our Publishing business. Starbreeze is looking forward to supporting Double Fine in bringing the new and exciting game, Psychonauts 2, to young and old gamers world wide.
So, Psychonauts 2’s long term future looks to be secured, and it is scheduled to hit consoles in 2018.