Last month during E3, Microsoft made a surprise announcement. The fact that they had scooped up yet another independent studio wasn’t the surprise — it’s more of a shock when they DON’T do that — but the identity of the studio sure was: Double Fine Productions, the award-winning adventure game makers led by Tim Schafer. Schafer himself took the stage at that point and said Psychonauts 2 was now a first-party XBox title.
The original Psychonauts was one of the best 3D platformers ever made, but it came out during a glut of badly-designed 3D platformers that killed the genre. Time and ports to newer systems have grown its fanbase, however, and that fanbase was more than eager to partially crowdfund a proposed Psychonauts 2 in 2015.
Brutal Legend, Tim Schafer’s heavy metal-inspired action adventure romp, is available to purchase for free art the Humble Store. The special offer is open to anyone who has an active Steam account and the offer will end tomorrow, meaning you only have a limited time to grab it before it is removed. This version of the game also comes with two additional pieces of multiplayer DLC in the form of Hammer of Infinite Fate and Tears of Hexadon packs.
The original game launhed in 2009 and was developed by Double Fine Productions. Featuring the voice talent of Jack Black, Brutal Legend fused the action adventure genre along with elements of an RTS game to create a rather unique and distinctive experience. Unfortunately, poor sales meant that a planned sequel was canceled despite the positive critical reception it received.
Broken Age, the record-breaking Kickstarter game from Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Productions, looks like it might finally be coming to Xbox One. Several users of Reddit discovered that the game has received a rating by PEGI for release on Xbox One. PEGI is the European ratings board for video games and the rating suggests that the title will be heading to the platform in the near future.
Psychonauts 2 is still happening. The dream sequel to the cult classic platformer was announced last year, but there has been only silence from the studio behind it, Double Fine. Today brought confirmation that yes, it’s still a thing, and work-in-progress footage was produced to prove it (which is more than you can say for Beyond Good and Evil 2).
Awesome news if you like humor, platformers, good games, or things that make you happy in general. Tim Schafer’s incredible 2003 sleeper hit Psychonauts is now available on the Playstation Store! Too bad Sony doesn’t…actually…know about it.
Sequels are an integral part of the gaming industry. Just like with other entertainment mediums, successful titles are seen as perfect examples for further exploiting. It makes sense, as fans who have already enjoyed a particular game are likely to want to purchase further entries in the series. This makes sequels a sound investment for publishers and developers who might not want to risk creating a brand new intellectual property when they know they can make a profit with another instalment.
Do you find it bold to declare Grim Fandango the best adventure game ever, when there are so many other high quality candidates in the genre like The Longest Journey, Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars and The Day of the Tentacle? You’ll have to take it up with my past self, who so confidently made that declaration while sitting glued to his computer, ignoring the outside world a few years after the game originally came out in 1998. I don’t think you’ll change his mind, he’s busy.
Double Fine has revealed that the remastered version of Grim Fandango will be coming to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC.
Tim Schafer has been asked a question, via his official Twitter account concerning the likelihood of Double Fine’s ‘Kickstarter’ project appearing on the Wii U console….