Feb 8, 2012

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Minecraft’s Notch Wants to Fund Tim Schafer’s Psychonauts 2

Minecraft’s Notch Wants to Fund Tim Schafer’s Psychonauts 2

Tim Schafer’s mind-bending adventure, Psychonauts, released in 2005 to above average reviews.  Critics praised it’s creativity calling it one of the most intelligently written stories to grace last generations consoles, while others hailed it as one of the best platformers of it’s time.  Though not every reviewer heaped praise upon Psychonauts, the game still sits at a very solid 88 on Metacritic and through the years has developed quite the cult following.  Unfortunately, when it released it was met with dismal sales and is widely considered a commercial failure.

Regardless of the underwhelming sales, creator Tim Schafer has expressed interest in releasing a sequel to Psychonauts.  In an interview with Digital Spy, Schafer says that Psychonauts 2 was pitched “several times” to different publishers with no one taking the bait.  “I’d love to do that game,” Schafer said, “but I’d have to convince someone to just give me a few million dollars, that’s all.”

Apparently the interview piqued Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson’s interest because earlier today he tweeted at Tim Schafer “Let’s Make Psychonauts 2 Happen” and followed up with the remark “Also, I’m serious.”  Schafer later saw the tweet and replied “Oh Wait. Hm. This is interesting.”  To further stir up fan anticipation, Steven Dengler, XE.com founder and the man who funded Costume Quest on PC and Psychonauts on Mac, tweeted to Notch and Schafer, “Let’s move this discussion offline.”

As of this writing, Schafer and Notch have begun discussing things through email and may meet up at GDC.  Though things are looking up for fans of Psychonauts, Schafer has stated previously that working on a sequel would take the place of an original title.

So if I did a sequel to any of the games I had before, it would have prevented one of the [new games]… if I did a sequel to Full Throttle there wouldn’t have been Grim Fandango, and so on and so on down the line.”

Regardless of the tweets, Notch has expressed that fans shouldn’t get their hopes up too high because at this point, things are still vague.  As always, we here at Vivid Gamer will keep you updated once more details pour through.

[Source: Slashgear]