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It was always a bit of an unlikely dream, but now Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has officially stepped away from financing Psychonauts 2.
The news comes from VentureBeat who confirmed with Double Fine's and Psychonauts' creator Tim Schafer that Persson wouldn't be funding the game. Scahfer said, “I think I gave Markus a heart attack when I told him how much Psychonauts 2 would cost.” Persson also shared some more information speaking on Reddit:
“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 18 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.”
Double Fine has stated that it is currently focused on finishing the Kickstarter supported Double Fine Adventure, but it has plans to seek multiple investors to make Psychonauts 2 a reality in the future. Schafer abandoned the idea of Psychonauts 2 after the first didn't sell very well, but it seems as though he has a renewed fervor for the project.
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Sad, but 18 million is quite a pretty penny, even for newly rich Notch. Hopefully it gets the sequel it deserves.
crap. that would have been awesome, but a man can dream... a man can dream. www.youtube.com/watch
I bought the first 2 times to help them sell more. I could even get it as DLC whenever I get a 360...
It didn't sell well but it's really loved. I imagine a sequel would be like releasing an HD collection in that it will give people a chance to play something that they might have always heard of but never got for some reason.
I need Psychonauts 2 so bad though.
nice, he's a humble dude, takes responsibility for a mistake and owns up, rather than bumbling through it and probably losing all that money
Hell I'd toss in a few for that game as I LOVED the first one.
Aww, lol well I still can't wait for Psyconauts 2 tho.
He's smart to back away from this one. No way in heck would that investment pay back.