I guess gamers aren't that concerned about Double Fine's budgeting after all.
Last night at The Game Awards, Tim Schafer announced that Psychonauts 2 was in development but would need a 3.3 million dollar investment on the crowdfunding platform Fig to make it happen.
Less than 24 hours later the campaign has already reached 1.15 million dollars, over a third of the projects goal, putting it on track to reach its 3.3 million dollar target with plenty of time to spare.
Schafer breaks down how the funding for Psychonauts 2 will work in the Fig pitch video. The 3.3 million dollar figure comes from what backers gave Double Fine Productions to make Broken Age, which was funded on Kickstarter with Act 2 released earlier this year. Double Fine will also be contributing a "significant amount" to the project themselves. Finally, Double Fine will also be working with an external parter to round out the games finances.
There has been speculation that this "external partner" is Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator of Minecraft. Notch had reached out to Schafer in 2012 regarding financing Psychonauts 2 and at the time, reports were that Double Fine needed 18 million dollars to make the game. According to Persson, this number scared him off as it was "three times higher than my initial impression".
The full budget for the game and the external partner remain a secret for now, but that hasn't stopped people from using this information to guess at who they are and how much the silent partner will have to contribute.
Schafer's Double Fine Productions has had a rocky history with crowdfunding. The Kickstarter for Broken Age was a huge success, raising $3.3 million against a goal of $800,000. But development stretched out and the crowdfunded budget ran dry, forcing Double Fine to break the game into two Acts, so that the profits from Act 1 could pay for development of Act 2.
This new crowdfunding campaign takes place on a new platform; Fig. Fig is a relatively new crowdfunding platform focused on solely on video games. Fig allows backers to donate money for backer rewards akin to Kickstarter and Indiegogo or to invest in the game via an escrow account to share in the profits. Fig was founded by former Double Fine COO Justin Bailey and boasts an advisory board including Aaron Isken of Indie Fund, Alex Rigopulos of Harmonix, Feargus Urquhart of Obsidian and Tim Schafer himself.
If you'd like to donate to the campaign for Psychonauts 2 or just watch the numbers go up, you can take a look at Fig. We'll be watching the crowdfunding progress of Psychonauts 2 as it continues to develop.