For fans of veteran designer Tim Schafer, fans of 3D platformers, and anyone who just enjoys a good adventure, today brings a reason to get excited. Psychonauts 2, the recently announced and long-awaited sequel to Schafer and developer Double Fine’s 2005 sleeper hit, has just passed its main crowdfunding goal of $3,300,000 on the new gaming-centric service Fig. The sequel was previously unveiled at The Game Awards last month along with the campaign, and now has five more days to rack up any possible extra donations.
The quirky original title chronicled the cerebral adventures of Razputin “Raz” Aquato, a boy from a family of acrobats who runs away to a summer camp that helps to train children with psychic abilities. By the end of the game, Raz had saved the whole camp from a devious threat, gotten himself a girlfriend in the form of fellow camper Lili Zanotto, and became an official member of the titular Psychonauts, a group of expert psychics.
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From what little we know about Psychonauts 2, the bulk of Raz’s new journey will take place at Psychonauts HQ, and have him once again travel into the minds of troubled individuals to sort out their inner demons and work his way towards a larger goal. Besides Schafer, many of the other people who helped make the first Psychonauts the gem that it was will return, including a head writer, the music composer and the voice actors for both Raz and Lili.
Fans of the first adventure at Whispering Rock Camp still have time to donate to Fig and receive several perks, including a free copy of the game when it launches some time in 2018. There will be no shortage of possible platforms, with releases on PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One all planned. Having finally donated $50 myself the other day, it’s all the more exciting to know that over a decade since the original, Psychonauts 2 is finally, truly on the way. I personally can’t wait to see what Schafer and company have in store for us.