It’s not often that Tim Schafer and his team at Double Fine sit down and make a sequel to one of their popular video games, but that is exactly what is happening this Halloween. Double Fine is returning to its goofy little Halloween themed RPG, Costume Quest, with a full blown sequel that marks the first time Double Fine is double dipping into one of its properties.
The trick or treating twins, Reynold and Wren, pick up their adventure right where the old one left off on the following Halloween, only over the course of the year, their family has moved down into the bayous of Louisiana. The French quarter of the town shown off in the demo is full of NPCs looking to give them quests to fulfill before the end of the night, and the battle system has been given a total overhaul.
Unlike the old game, which had a series of minigames to calculate extra damage in battle, Costume Quest 2 wisely takes a page from the “timed hits” invented in Super Mario RPG. Blocks, counter attacks, boosted damage. Tapping the button at just the right moment promises to expand the battle system into a much more fluid and accessible game.
As to why Double Fine is tackling Costume Quest again, Double Fine Publishing Manager Greg Rice says that the demand was just there to justify it.
“It’s probably our most requested sequel, besides Psychonauts. People have been asking for it forever. I think it’s that every Halloween you’re reminded about the game. We have a lot of people who are coming back to us saying they replay it every year.”
If you haven’t played the original Costume Quest yet, there is still plenty of time to do so before this Halloween. You can pick it up cheap during a Steam sale or also find it on he Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. It won’t change your world, but it’s a cute little RPG that streamlines and shadows a lot of what makes the genre so great. Plus, it’s just really fun.
Costume Quest 2 will be coming to Linux, Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360 and Xbox One this Halloween.