Post by KostaAndreadis @ 01:18pm 27/02/19 | 0 Comments
After a successful round of crowdfunding and investment from his own Double Fine Productions studio, a publishing deal was made with Starbreeze Studios for the release of the upcoming Psychonauts 2 in the early parts of 2017. As the sequel to the cult-classic platformer due for release later this year, at the time all of the controversy surrounding Starbreeze and its recent financial troubles was a thing of the distant future.
In a new interview over at GamesIndustry.biz, Double Fine's Tim Schafer opens up about the current state of the relationship with the troubled publisher. In response to the question, what would happen to Psychonauts 2 if Starbreeze were to disappear he responded with, "I mean, it wouldn't be good. But the game is funded by multiple sources. We had our crowdfunding campaign, Double Fine's own revenue, and Starbreeze as a publisher. And they've continued to be supportive. They've been supporting the game and have pledged they're definitely still capable of publishing it. So we have high hopes for that."
In addition to the above, in the event that the game will have to look for a new partner, Tim Schafer added, "At a show like DICE, other publishers come by and say, 'Yeah, how's that going? If anything happens, give us a call,'. With Psychonauts 2 having been high profile and already having a great trailer [as seen above] out there, there would be enough interest in other people funding it and finishing it if something happened. But I've got no reason to believe Starbreeze isn't going to come through and publish it well."
In a way the upcoming release of Psychonauts 2 could mirror the release of the original which was infamously dropped by Microsoft before being picked up by Majesco.