Psychonauts Sequel in the Works? - The UpStream

Psychonauts Sequel in the Works?

posted Saturday Feb 11, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Psychonauts Sequel in the Works?

Many of our readers may not even know what Psychonauts was, but those who do will be very excited to hear that a sequel might be in the works. The initial release of the game was not all that successful, but after being added to several of the older digital distribution systems, some for free, people learned about a game and everyone who played it seemed to love it.

Creator Tim Shafer said about a sequel in a recent interview,

I'd love to do that game, but I'd have to convince someone to just give me a few million dollars, that's all.

One of the people who discovered it and read this interview was the creator of Minecraft, Markus "Notch" Persson. He responded to the interview via Twitter saying, "How many millions exactly?", followed by "Let's make Psychonauts 2 happen." and "Also, I'm serious." He told Ars Technica, "Their about page told me to contact Tim via Twitter, so I did!"

Why did he make this offer and what could it mean? hit the break for more.

He also said to Ars,

As with a lot of people, I didn't even learn about Psychonauts for a long time. When I played it, it had been out for over a year already. It was a wonderfully bizarre experience that almost refused to stay within expected game limits while still feeling very much like a game. Some of the levels stand out as one of the most memorable game experiences I've ever had: The Milkman Conspiracy, for example.

Personally, I loved the game. I encountered it after it was a new game, but before it started its second stint in the public eye and fell in love immediately. It is a very unique game that, while always feeling fresh and original, also seems natural. A sequel would be a lot of fun, but would be a little difficult to work into the story. Perhaps, sans the original characters, exploring the telepathic camp under new circumstances could be just as fun a second time, kind of like Portal 2.

What do you think? Did you play and enjoy the game? Would you buy a second one? Let us know in the comments below.

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