Psychonauts 2 is in development, but it won't get made without the help of its fans. Double Fine productions launched a crowdfunding campaign this evening, hoping to raise $3.3 million to develop the sequel to the innovative 2005 game. Double Fine also released a brief teaser at this evening's Game Awards to promote the campaign, which can be seen below:
The original Psychonauts followed a young boy with psychic powers training to become a spy. The platformer was praised for its humor, innovative design and unique characters and won several awards during its initial release. Despite the praise, Psychonauts was a financial failure until Double Fine purchased the rights to the game back in 2011. Double Fine re-released the game on Steam and other platforms, causing a resurgence in popularity.
Unlike most crowdfunding campaigns, Double Fine's campaign allows fans to become investors in Psychonauts 2, which makes them eligible for a share of any profit the game makes. Double Fine has also pledged a large amount of their own money for the project and hinted they had at least one other major investor for the project. If the crowdfunding campaign is successful, Double Fine anticipates Psychonauts 2 will be released in 2018.