Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Feb 062017

Psychonauts 2 has a publisher and a release window!

Starbreeze Publishing has become a “major investor” in the Psychonauts 2 project and will publish the game in 2018.

I’ve never played anything developed or published by Starbreeze, although one of their games (Brothers: A Tales of Two Sons) is in my backlog. Double Fine feels Starbreeze is a perfect partner for Psychonauts 2.

So far, they’ve only discussed digital options, but I hope they decide physical releases are worthwhile for at least some platforms. Currently, Psychonauts 2 is planned for the PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Xbox One.

It is set after both the original game and the upcoming VR game, Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, but you won’t need knowledge of those games to play it.

In this new story, Raz arrives at Psychonaut headquarters, excited to finally become an official Psychonaut, but soon finds himself torn between the laws of the Psychonauts, his loyalty to his friends, and a secret mission that could undo everything for which he has fought so hard.”

Finally, they released some concept art and a tiny amount of gameplay footage in a new video.

When I discussed video game crowd-founding, I mentioned my worries about the campaign. And… I still have concerns. I can see Psychonauts 2 getting too ambitious and spiraling out of control, or stumbling the way Broken Age did.

But Psychonauts is one of my most-recommended games, and I want to believe the sequel will do it justice.

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