Having drifted in and out of the spotlight for several years now, Psychonauts 2 – sequel to 2005’s cult classic mind trip platformer – will still be launching in 2021, Double Fine have confirmed.
Taking to Twitter, the studio (who also brought us Broken Age, Costume Quest, and Stacking, among many other smaller titles) presented this latest update in typical Double Fine fashion, saying:
And yes, Psychonauts 2 is this year and yes I’ve been mentioning that here and elsewhere for a while but no I can’t tell you when because someone from THE COMPANY would arrange for a mysterious “cactus accident” to happen to me… But it is real. It is playable. It is coming.
Having been enrolled in the Psychonauts, an elite division of agents gifted with mind bending powers, we pick up the thread with Raz in Psychonauts 2. The sequel will stay true to the original Double Fine favourite though fans can expect new psychic powers to experiment with as we delve into the diverse mindscapes of various key characters.
Psychonauts 2 actually follows on from Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, a bridge between the two games exclusive to PlayStation VR before launching on other virtual reality platforms. Aran scored the VR caper a 7/10 in his review.
The original Psychonauts originally appeared all the way back in 2005, releasing for PC, Xbox and PS2. Fans have been waiting with baited breath for more news of Psychonauts 2, and it’s been a long, meandering journey for Double Fine and their precious sequel. Announced back in 2015, the project was partly funded via a successful crowdfunding campaign on Fig.
Since then, we’ve been treated to snippet of Psychonauts 2 here and there. Its destiny was brought into question back in 2019 when Microsoft announced it would acquire Double Fine Productions, bringing the developer into their growing Xbox Game Studios stable alongside the likes of Bethesda, Obsidian, and Ninja Theory, to name a few.
Despite this association with Xbox, Psychonauts 2 will still be coming to other platforms including PS4 and PS5.
Source: Twitter (@DoubleFine)