It has been announced that Double Fine's highly anticipated game Psychonauts 2 will be published by none other than Starbreeze Publishing (Dead By Daylight, Payday 2). This news comes from a news update posted on the official Starbreeze website. Starbreeze will also be a major investor in Psychonauts 2.
Starbreeze will be able to recoup 100% of its full investment including marketing costs with an initial revenue share of 85% after distribution and platform fees and Fig crowdfunding revenue share. Starbreeze share of revenues will become 60% after the investment is recouped. Double Fine will retain 100% of the intellectual property relating to Psychonauts 2.
That they're confident about recouping their investment is a pretty good sign since Starbreeze has invested 8 million dollars into the project. This money comes on top of the nearly 4 million dollars Double Fine managed to raise via Fig, a crowdfunding platform which has Double Fine's Tim Schafer on its advisory board. Even though Starbreeze is footing a major part of the bill, Double Fine will still retain all creative rights to their work and the Fig crowdfunding portion comes off first, ensuring those who invested through Fig aren't superseded by Starbreeze.
Many of us gamers who’ve grown up during 70’s and 80’s have at some point come across the great games from Double Fine and Tim Schafer. Games like Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, and Brütal Legend are all in the list of personal all time favorites for many of us. We’re very proud to be able to add this prominent collaboration to our Publishing business. Starbreeze is looking forward to support Double Fine in bringing the new and exciting game Psychonauts 2 to young and old gamers world wide.
Bo Andersson-Klint, Starbreeze CEO
Tim Schafer has also gone on record to say that he's positive about this new partnership, saying that Starbreeze's expertise doesn't end at developing and publishing video games since they've been known to support their games post-launch as well.
Psychonauts 2 was announced back in 2015 during the Game Awards and is scheduled to release on PC, PlayStation 4, Linux and Xbox One in 2018.
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