Psychonauts 2: Double Fine greets the series

Psychonauts 2: Double Fine greets the series

Psychonauts 2

Desired, awaited, poetic and even rewarded. These are the terms that can be used when we refer to Psychonauts 2, the second chapter of the series created by Tim Schafer. But that will also be the last, given that Double Fine Productions (which has been part of the Xbox first party studio stable for some years), has no intention of continuing the IP.

To explain the The development team's new strategy was Tim Schafer himself, via an update reserved for Psychonauts 2 backers. The game will not be abandoned to itself, indeed, there will still be improvements and updates, but the studio is not working more on the series. "At the moment we are splitting into smaller teams and we have started working on different projects that we think you will like", reads the message launched over the last few days.

Unfortunately, at least at present, there is no it is known what will be the next projects on which Double Fine will get to work. Obviously the Psychonauts series has represented a lot for thousands and thousands of players and after an extraordinary second chapter, able as mentioned above to be voted for some awards that reward the best game of the year, it is also more than understandable the desire to Tim Schafer and associates to move in new directions and be free to explore new themes and maybe even new genres.

As Double Fine Productions is now in the Xbox first party stable, the next game from the authors of Psychonauts 2 will be most likely an Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X and PC exclusive. Obviously we will still have to wait to find out for sure and it is not certain that several announcements will arrive already next year. Knowing the size of the software house, in fact, the wait could be longer than expected.

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Psychonauts 2 studio has begun work on multiple “new projects”

After creating one of the best games of the year, Psychonauts 2 developer Double Fine Productions has now shifted its focus to the future – and is apparently “splitting up into various teams” to work on multiple “new projects”, although there’s a possibility none of them are Psychonauts 3.

Psychonauts 2 is one of the top games of 2021. Our reviewer called it “Double Fine’s best game” and “rich and rewarding”, and most critics seem to agree. With the renewed accolade and the support from Microsoft and Xbox, who now own Double Fine, all eyes are on what the studio is up to next.

In a recent Fig update for Psychonauts 2’s backers, Double Fine confirms there will still be “tweaks and fixes” for Psychonauts 2 but the studio has now moved on to its next game – or rather, multiple games plural, as the update says that “the studio is already splitting up into various teams and starting different projects that we think you’ll enjoy”.

Other than restating that Double Fine’s “focus moves to these new projects” the update doesn’t offer much of a clue as to what these games will be, but it doesn’t sound like the studio is in any hurry to do a new Psychonauts any time soon. “We like experimentation here at Double Fine,” the update reads. “Every game is a chance to explore new ideas, new visual styles or gameplay, emotions, and more. Psychonauts 2 was a chance to revisit and reimagine the classic that launched our studio into the future.”

While this certainly doesn’t rule out Psychonauts 3, it does sound like Double Fine views Psychonauts 2 as more of a look back when the studio really wants to make new titles – given how few sequels Double Fine has made, that shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to the studio’s fans. Still, we wouldn’t say no to Brutal Legend 2.

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