Psychonauts 2 Crowfunding Campaign Announced

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Psychonauts 2 Crowfunding Campaign Announced

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At the Video Game Awards this year, Tim Schafer announced fans would finally be getting Psychonauts 2.

Psychonauts was one of those "wrong time, wrong place" gems of gaming, released for the Xbox in 2005 and overlooked by many. It quickly rose to cult status among fans, and a sequel has been one of the most requested projects of creator Tim Schafer. Well at the Video Game Awards today, Schafer has answered your prayers, announcing a crowdfunding campaign for Psychonauts 2 that will finally see the game released.

"Our fans constantly ask us to make Psychonauts 2, and often we've talked about doing it" said Schafer "The problem is that through traditional means we've never been able to raise a budget high enough to do it justice. When we crowdfunded Broken Age in 2012 and broke all the records with the amount we raised, it really showed me the power of our community, and it made me think... maybe we can do this, maybe we could make Psychonauts 2 this way!"

Unlike Broken Age, which used Kickstarter as its crowd funding platform, Psychonauts 2 will instead use Fig.co. Additionally, rather than being 100% funded by fans, the Fig.co campaign is asking for just a portion of the budget ($3.3 million), with the rest to be picked up by Double Fine itself, as well as an "external partner".

As well as the traditional crowd funding "reward tiers," backers will have the option of actually investing in the game, with a chance to see a return on whatever funds they put up.

Psychonauts 2 will continue the tale of Razputin, as he visits the Psychonauts Headquarters as a fully established psychic agent.

At this point, Schafer doesn't exactly have a great track record when it comes to crowd funding, so I'm being very cautiously optimistic towards this one...

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Oh look another give us your money campaign. After broken age, I think i'll just keep my money.

zidine100:
Oh look another give us your money campaign. After broken age, I think i'll just keep my money.

Especially making the goal 3.3 million dollars. You can not be more shameless

"Hey look guise. The goal for you is just as much as you paid us last time to only deliver half a game."

How many parts will this be divided into and how many years will they be apart Timothy?

Man, I have *got* to get into the crowdfunding game! I never finish any of my creative writing projects on time, so it's a perfect fit!

A few years ago I would've been super-hyped for this, but now??
I'm not sure I'd even buy it even if It was crowd-funded successfully.

Space Base DF9 called, it says on your bike you skeevy sons of...

After Broken Age and Space Base DF9 you would have to be mad to back anything even remotely connected to Double Fine.

It's a shame, but everything Mr Kotick said about Double Fine wasting budgets on nothing and not being able to project manage turned out to be true. This relies on nostalgia and little else, there isn't even a prototype.

After the mess that was Broken Age, not a chance I'll support this. Maybe I'll check it out once all parts of it are released and the full game is reviewed.

well as much as i like the first one I'll sit out on funding this one

Also known as "So we're not getting any cash with anything else we try and shove onto crowdfunding, so now we're suddenly interesting in Psychonauts 2".

They want to crowdfund Psychonauts 2? Really? And rather than Kickstarter they wanna use their own crowdfunding platform? Wow they really don't want this thing to be made.
They have shown their gross incompetence when it comes to managing the money they get. Multiple times. There is no way this should get funding, not because i don't want to see psychonauts 2 but because we all know how this is going to go. It's going to be broken/unfinished and they will go way over budget and it will be delayed far from the initial expectations.

basic crowdfunding rules:
#1 don't give any money to Tim Schafer
#2 don't give money to Peter Molyneux
#3 see #1 and #2 for supplement.

Oh ho no you don't! You're not playing the psychonauts sequel card now!. You aren't getting to us through that nostalgic pathway. Should've played that hand earlier. Much, much earlier. How many dollars? Hah! And on the seperate crowd-funding platform you co-created, no less! Err, i'll stick with the Yooka-Laylie guys, if that's ok. They have a better track record of not taking the piss.

You know if iot weren't for what happened with Broken Age.. and DS9 this would have for sure been a repeat of the Reading Rainbow kickstarter.

the Internet would have klooked at that and let out a collective:
'KA-MONEY-MONEY-HAAAAAAAA!!!!!'

Schaffer is in a really poor position to be releasing this. He's squandered the good will of his fans and publishers. If Tim can't find this, it's over. Besides, the last title had a 9 million dollar budget. How's he going to get this through on 3 million?

All the same, I'll probably fund him. I haven't been burned by him yet, so this is the perfect opportunity for me to become jaded. I always hoped he'd have the decency to release psychonauts 2 before crashing in flames : P

Sockpuppet Tim Schafer? No thanks.
The guy is also an "advisor" on fig.co, meaning he probably helps decide which projects get funded or not.
So yeah, full disclosure needed.

Don't back this project.

Edit: For those who forgot...
During the whole GamerGate uprising, Tim Schafer mocked the #notyourshield tweeters by using an actual sockpuppet to crack some amazingly cringeworthy jokes.

Now all in all it's not a huge thing (it's just the one persons opinion), but like most of the games-journalism scene, he looks down on gamers. The irony is that he's here begging money from the same people, preying on nostalgia.

I don't know if he doesn't care who funds him or not, or if he genuinly has no idea how many of his fans he alienated.
Honestly, I don't know either, I don't have the numbers, but it's repeatedly been shown that while the "progressives" don't back shit, GamerGate has thrown a lot of money at several projects and charities.
Look at any pro-GG video and the reverse ones and see the likes/dislikes, there's a heavy indication that more people are in favor of GG.

Personally, I think there are a hell of a lot more gamers on the GG side than opposed, which should give a clear indication that gamers are indeed the people who would be funding a project like this.

No. Double fine you used to be cool but these days you're a trainwreck. Go to rehab, get a degree in business, make a successful game on either your own coin or THE PROFITS FROM EVERYTHING ELSE, and then maybe I'll think about tossing you a couple of bucks to make another psychonauts.

Maybe lower Tim's sockpuppet and cocaine budget and pay the people who made trenched to make another trenched.

You know what, have the guy who managed Massive Chalice's budget involved since that seemed to go fairly smoothly, and I might drop some money in for a Psychonauts 2.

It probably will get funded, at least the 3.3m. Will these 3.3m last? Probably not.

Will it be released in time? Probably not.

Is it safe, even if it gets funded? Probably not.

Will DF go to a publisher and ask them for money, too? Probably yes.

Source: Broken Age, Spacebase DF-9, Bobby Kotick.

sadly, i see this game getting funded. people tend to have short memory's and the nostalgia hype (for,let's face it an OK game for the time it was released and nothing more) will be enough to get the money and then some.

but i could be wrong, hopefully. if not I guess time will tell if history will repeat itself or not

wow soo much hate here

Games go over budget and get cancelled ALL THE TIME. Look at how many kickstarters failed

Anyone who backed Double Fine Adventure got the full Broken Age game, and anyone who bought part 1 also got part 2

Naldan:
It probably will get funded, at least the 3.3m. Will these 3.3m last? Probably not.

Well, they say, that 3,3 are not enough! so they put in their own money and money from an "external source" (a publisher? don't know... it's not detailed in the video).

Will it be released in time? Probably not.

If I look at the train wreck of the Batman: Arkham Knight release I can only hope they screw release dates for a functional game!

Is it safe, even if it gets funded? Probably not.

? Broken Age got released! And I know of no game, that DF didn't release because they run out of money or anything like that!

Will DF go to a publisher and ask them for money, too? Probably yes.

They talk about money from the outside! If this is a publisher ... don't know!

I admit: I never got all the hate about Broken Age! Yeah, they put up Part 1 and 2; who cares? It was a really nice game and I enjoyed it a lot! It was worth my money and all the nice documentary were good to get me over all the waiting!
So, shut up and DF take my money, I don't care, what you say!

JelDeRebel:
wow soo much hate here

Games go over budget and get cancelled ALL THE TIME. Look at how many kickstarters failed

Anyone who backed Double Fine Adventure got the full Broken Age game, and anyone who bought part 1 also got part 2

I dunno, it's not so much hate, it's more cynicism over Tim and the end product of what he produces (which you have to admit is warranted since it can be viewed as using nostalgia as a cash grab and his less than stellar image has made people watch him more closely rather than (insert "shut up and take my money.jpg") which is a good thing in my opinion)

me, I didn't back him before so I'm just echoing from the peanut gallery but after speaking with friends who have and have been disappointed with the end result, I think I kinda made the right choice

BloodRed Pixel:
basic crowdfunding rules:
#1 don't give any money to Tim Schafer
#2 don't give money to Peter Molyneux
#3 see #1 and #2 for supplement.

You forgot Keiji Inafune.

Geisterkarle:

Naldan:
Is it safe, even if it gets funded? Probably not.

? Broken Age got released! And I know of no game, that DF didn't release because they run out of money or anything like that!

I was refering to Spacebase DF-9. Sure, it had another business model, but this incident was so outstanding for a "major indie" that it will persist in the memory of their former fans for probably years now.

BTW, what gets labeled as hate nowadays deludes the meaning of the word. But as if suddenly somebody cares...

I'm highly sceptical about DF and especially TS, but I quite liked their products I've played. I don't actually doubt that Psychonauts 2 will be decent at least, if I did I would have said that in my post.

If Psychonauts 2 won't be an RTS all of a sudden, that is.

Wow... I can't believe he even has the Gall to TRY and kickstart another project. Anyone who funds this is pretty much saying they have money they don't care about... if that's the case, give it to me! I have House loans to pay off still!!

Wait was gabeN?

Can I just point out that, as high-profile as they were, both Broken Age and Space Base are 2 botches in an otherwise solid record.

I'm not saying people shouldn't be cautious. Caution, even skepticism, is absolutely the right response here. I'm just saying that I don't think we're being entirely fair.

Awesome, I look forward to reviews when it comes out to see if lightning strikes twice.

shirkbot:
Can I just point out that, as high-profile as they were, both Broken Age and Space Base are 2 botches in an otherwise solid record.

I'm not saying people shouldn't be cautious. Caution, even skepticism, is absolutely the right response here. I'm just saying that I don't think we're being entirely fair.

while I agree about the caution and skepticism, the solid record I'm guessing are for titles that are around 5 years old while other titles , while quaint, have been steadily declining in quality with BA and SB becoming more obvious failures to the trend

I also agree We shouldn't bash the guy (even though he would not give us the same courtesy I would imagine),though you can't blame people for being a little more sour on him

Smilomaniac:
Sockpuppet Tim Schafer? No thanks.
The guy is also an "advisor" on fig.co, meaning he probably helps decide which projects get funded or not.
So yeah, full disclosure needed.

Don't back this project.

Edit: For those who forgot...
During the whole GamerGate uprising, Tim Schafer mocked the #notyourshield tweeters by using an actual sockpuppet to crack some amazingly cringeworthy jokes.

Now all in all it's not a huge thing (it's just the one persons opinion), but like most of the games-journalism scene, he looks down on gamers. The irony is that he's here begging money from the same people, preying on nostalgia.

I don't know if he doesn't care who funds him or not, or if he genuinly has no idea how many of his fans he alienated.
Honestly, I don't know either, I don't have the numbers, but it's repeatedly been shown that while the "progressives" don't back shit, GamerGate has thrown a lot of money at several projects and charities.
Look at any pro-GG video and the reverse ones and see the likes/dislikes, there's a heavy indication that more people are in favor of GG.

Personally, I think there are a hell of a lot more gamers on the GG side than opposed, which should give a clear indication that gamers are indeed the people who would be funding a project like this.

I think you're overestimating GG's influence in this. The sock puppet thing was emberasing, but hardly crippling. Even if he alienated GG, I don't think it would make much difference. A bigger deal would be the fiasco with Broken Age, which cost him a lot of trust.

Also, Tim doesn't hate gamers, he hates GG. Huge difference.

It'd wind up actually being $6.6 million with how Double Fine does things.

There's a reason Notch backed out of funding this years ago.

Wow, how desperate must he be for money now. Too bad there's not only no goodwill left for him in the community, but given his last couple of crowdfunding things his track record pretty much screams 'don't give me money for I will fail to deliver on even the smallest promise.'

And that's not even mentioning what a shithead he was during gamergate.

The man can't follow through, extravagantly wastes our generous funding, and he's insulted many of the people he now expects to give him a handout. Good luck, Schafer.

Sadly, Agent Cruller has passed away due to old age. Now when you need help you summon a sock puppet that can't add.

I would have seriously considered backing this if it was Schafer's first Kickstarter project, but based on his track record for crowdfunding and grandstanding for she-who-will-not-be-named, I can't bring myself to do it.

Fox12:

Smilomaniac:
Sockpuppet Tim Schafer? No thanks.
The guy is also an "advisor" on fig.co, meaning he probably helps decide which projects get funded or not.
So yeah, full disclosure needed.

Don't back this project.

Edit: For those who forgot...
During the whole GamerGate uprising, Tim Schafer mocked the #notyourshield tweeters by using an actual sockpuppet to crack some amazingly cringeworthy jokes.

Now all in all it's not a huge thing (it's just the one persons opinion), but like most of the games-journalism scene, he looks down on gamers. The irony is that he's here begging money from the same people, preying on nostalgia.

I don't know if he doesn't care who funds him or not, or if he genuinly has no idea how many of his fans he alienated.
Honestly, I don't know either, I don't have the numbers, but it's repeatedly been shown that while the "progressives" don't back shit, GamerGate has thrown a lot of money at several projects and charities.
Look at any pro-GG video and the reverse ones and see the likes/dislikes, there's a heavy indication that more people are in favor of GG.

Personally, I think there are a hell of a lot more gamers on the GG side than opposed, which should give a clear indication that gamers are indeed the people who would be funding a project like this.

I think you're overestimating GG's influence in this. The sock puppet thing was emberasing, but hardly crippling. Even if he alienated GG, I don't think it would make much difference. A bigger deal would be the fiasco with Broken Age, which cost him a lot of trust.

Also, Tim doesn't hate gamers, he hates GG. Huge difference.

I think its all kind of linked into the same deal when it comes to Double Fine. Him going at GG and then Double Fine axing SpaceBase DF-9 and flubbing Broken Age was all just too damaging to his cult following. People keep thinking GG died down. It just turned into everyone from comedians to political pundits hyper-focusing on SJWs and PC nonsense. We got a whole season of South Park out of this culture war.

GG just doesn't draw views in for mainstream media. The Reid Report was the first mainstream news show to cover GG and was canceled a few months afterwards due to low ratings, the GG based Law and Order episode didn't cause much mainstream noise, and here in Canada even the Sun Network covered GG in a more positive light but it wasn't enough to keep the network alive. MSM sucks at covering nuaced situations. Online news shows and podcasts get way more views than any MSM network on topics like GG and have been giving it a fair chance. A lot of GG neutral or GG sympathizers are appearing all over podcasts and newer media and given a chance to say their piece.

Coming off as anti-GG these days really to lump whoever does so into the Pro-PC culture that a lot of people are getting tired of. Tim Schafer last fans probably for being another in a large number of moral preachers over being anti-GG.

*AHEM*

AWWWWWW YISSSSSS!!

I'll admit, I completely jumped on the bandwagon after the fact with Psychonauts, having only vaguely heard of it prior to Yahtzee's early ramblings, but it turned out to be a solid experience and one of my favourite must-have-a-sequels since Beyond Good and Evil.

I will be very interested to see where this goes.

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