Notch Officially Backs Away From Psychonauts 2
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.