Psychonauts 2 in Final Polishing Stage, Existing Xbox IP Doesn’t Interest Double Fine

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Psychonauts 2’s road to release has been a long and rocky one. Of course, fans have been hoping for a sequel since the original was released back in the mid-2000s, and their wishes were seemingly granted when Double Fine launched a Psychonauts 2 crowdfunding campaign in 2015…and then the waiting began again. The game was originally scheduled to come out in 2018, but was pushed to 2019, then to 2020, and now we’re heading into 2021 with no release date in sight.

Thankfully, it seems Psychonauts 2 may not be that far off. In a new interview with IGN’s Ryan McCaffrey, Double Fine boss Tim Schafer revealed Psychonauts 2 is essentially content-complete at this point and entering into the final polishing stage.

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2020 definitely did not speed up development of [Psychonauts 2], but we mostly now have everything in the game. The fact that I can say we're starting to work on the end credits kind of shows you where we're at. At least for us, that means we're closing in on finishing the game. We're mostly moving on to the polishing of stuff that's in the game already.

In related news, many fans are wondering what Double Fine might tackle after Psychonauts 2, considering the studio is now owned by Microsoft. Some have hopefully floated the possibility of Double Fine tackling dormant Microsoft IPs like Banjo-Kazooie or Conker’s Bad Fur Day, but according to Schafer, that’s not in the cards…

It's interesting to think about, but I feel that wouldn't be the best use of Double Fine, because I think our whole thing is making stuff up. People somehow got in their heads that we should do a Banjo-Kazooie game. Why should Double Fine make Banjo-Kazooie? Have you heard about this company called Rare? I think they're still around. It's nice to think about, it's nice that people think about us when they think of that game, because [...] I really like that game, and if people think about Double Fine when they think of brightly-colored platformers that are a joy to experience, that's great. But...we'll make up something new that people like just as much.

Psychonauts 2 has been announced for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PS4, and based on the comments above, it will hopefully arrive sometime in 2021.

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