Perhaps the biggest surprise of The Game Awards in L.A. tonight was the trailer dropped for a sequel to the greatest cult game of all time, Psychonauts.
The original game follows the adventures of Raz and his new friends at a psychic summer camp, who jump into the heads of friends and foes to battle psychological monsters and sort emotional baggage. It’s a perfect blend of quirky characters, brilliant level design, and rewarding gameplay that made its financial flop on release all the more disappointing.
For more than a decade, fans have clamored for a sequel, and praise Cthulhu, it looks like we have one!
And there’s the rub.
Tim Schaffer announced that this isn’t a full game yet. This is just the launch of a crowdfunding campaign for the actual Psychonauts 2.
Running through Fig and live right now, you can back the game for up to $10k as part of its campaign to reach $3.3 million. The reason Fig is being used is that, unlike Kickstarter, it allows for upper-end backers to directly invest in the game itself and share in profits.
There is $100k of backing already within the first few minutes, so of course this is going to hit its goal. Rewards included the ability to go on a camping trip with Tim and team, or help design a figment for the new game.
Now excuse me, I have to blow all of the money I was going to spend on Christmas presents making sure my name gets in the credits.