If you remember the direction the rumor mill was churning almost exactly a year ago, you might recall a story surrounding Markus ”Notch” Persson (the creator of Minecraft), Tim Schafer (of Double Fine fame) and a proper sequel to Psychonauts.
The word was that Notch and Schafer had begun casually talking about working together to bring Psychonauts 2 to fruition. Schafer and Double Fine had a concept in place for the game, but they didn’t have a major investor or publisher. Notch figured he could step up with a couple million and bring Psychonauts 2 from concept to development.
Unfortunately, a couple million is a bit of a far cry from how much Psychonauts 2 actually needs in order to get moving.
In a Reddit thread about how Notch earned $101 million in 2012, the developer spoke out about several things that happened recently. He was asked about the possibility of funding Psychonauts 2 and responded with this:
I somewhat naively thought “a couple of million” was two million. I had no doubt in my mind that a Psychonauts 2 would earn that money back easily.
Turns out they wanted 18 million dollars, haha. I don’t have the time at the moment to even try to get educated enough to make an eighteen million dollar deal. Perhaps in some distant future when I’m no longer trying to make games, I could get into angel investing.
I’ve made one private investment into a game so far, at 100k, and it’s frankly a lot more work than I thought.
So, it seems all the silence that followed the rumors in February of 2012 came for good reason. Psychonauts 2 costs a bit too much for Notch to get involved. Surely there are 18 million of us in the world willing to send Double Fine a dollar, right?