Notch No Longer In Talks to Fund Psychonauts 2


After spending a weekend answering questions on Reddit, Mojang founder and Minecraft creator, Markus “Notch” Persson revealed that he has formally pulled out of the potential funding discussions for Psychonauts 2 that he was so enthusiastically a part of months ago.

When prompted by Reddit user throwaway781227 about his plans to fund the development of a Psychonauts sequel from Double Fine and Tim Schaefer, Notch responded that his estimates for overall costs were off a bit:

“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 eighteen 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.”

Will we ever see Psychonauts 2? It’s very possible – after all, Double Fine already has one game underway that was successfully funded by the desires of its community, so what’s stopping them from making another game that the community wants?

Aside from the $18 million cost, nothing!

[Source: Reddit]

  1. 18 million? Isn’t 2 million enough? Man this is such a letdown due to the greed of people.

    • It’s not like Double Fine would pocket 16 million. Games are really, really expensive to make these days. It’s not a question of greed but market reality.

    • It’s easy to forget that budgets include the salaries of many, many people. Adds up pretty substantially.

    • Yea I understand Salaries and everything but can’t there be budget on making games? I mean from the videos I’ve seen on Psychonauts, it’s just a simple game with simple design but it was extraordinary. Does that cost alot? Plus how many people would Double Fine need since there are busy with other projects.

  2. The first Psychonauts did cost 13 million, and like none of it went to marketing.
    So yeah, taking into account inflation 18 million sounds pretty fair.
    It takes alot more money to make a 3d action adventure than it does a point and click…

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