Psychonauts 2, the upcoming sequel to the classic Double Fine game, features a song performed by Jack Black in full Tenacious D mode. The psychedelic rock track seems to set the tone for Psychonauts 2, with the game’s trippy visuals reflecting the trippy musical vibe, and the brand new trailer gives you a glimpse of both.
The song has been composed by Peter McConnell, a key part of the Double Fine story, having worked as the composer for both the original Psychonauts, Brutal Legend and Costume Quest. He’s a hugely well-known and influential figure in gaming, having lent his talents to a number of Lucasarts games including Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and various Star Wars games, and it’s fantastic to see him return to the series here as it makes the leap to both current gen and the upcoming Xbox Series X.
It looks as though players can expect the return of lead Raz, and his psychic abilities. The original game saw him run away from the circus to try to sneak into a summer camp for those with similar powers to become a Psychonaut, a spy with psychic abilities. Hopefully there’ll be more of the same.
The original Psychonauts originally appeared all the way back in 2005, releasing for PC, Xbox and PS2, before later appearing on the Xbox 360 and PS3 after a bit of a scrub up. Fans have been waiting with baited breath for more news of Psychonauts 2, even more so after the acquisition of Double Fine by Microsoft last year, and it looks like the new entry is in good hands with Tim Schafer still at the helm, and Jack Black lending his vocal talents as well.
Jack Black was key to Double Fine’s Brutal Legend that appeared in 2009, with the superstar playing a roadie who was transported to a heavy metal fantasy world. Maybe with Psychonauts 2 both Black and Schafer are mellowing out a bit.