After receiving over 3 million dollars in crowdfunding through the fig platform, Double Fine has got a publisher for their upcoming game, Psychonauts 2. The game will be published by Starbreeze Studios, the company behind the Payday franchise. Starbreeze announced the partnership on their website on Monday. Double Fine is the studio behind Grim Fandango, Psychonauts, Full Throttle, and many more. Starbreeze is said to be investing 8 million dollars (USD) into the project to help Double Fine make their game.
For those who aren’t familiar with its predecessor, Psychonauts is a third-person platformer following the adventures of a Psychonaut named Razputin Aquato who has psychic abilities and jumps into the minds of others. He can also combat enemies with special abilities like telekinesis and levitation. The original Psychonauts released back in 2005 for Xbox, PlayStation 2, and Microsoft Windows. The game was kind of a hidden gem and received plenty of fame as a unique creation from the minds behind Grim Fandango.
Psychonauts 2 takes place after the events of the upcoming VR game for PS VR, Psychonauts: In The Rhombus of Ruin, which releases later this month. Razputin is ready to officially become a Psychonaut but has trouble deciding his future with the laws of being a Psychonaut, his friends, and is on a secret mission that can bring everything he loved, and fought so hard for, to oblivion. Doublefine will retain the rights to the Psychonauts IP and Starbreeze is taking 60 percent of the profits from the game. Psychonauts 2 is expected for release in 2018 with no specific time frame or date announced yet.