Psychonauts 2 Signed By Payday 2 Publisher, Release Window Confirmed

Psychonauts 2 Signed By Payday 2 Publisher, Release Window Confirmed

Psychonauts 2, the much-anticipated platforming sequel from Double Fine, has a new publisher. Payday 2 publisher Starbreeze will take over marketing and distribution for the game, which will launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018.

Starbreeze says it will invest US $8 million into the project, before recouping “100 percent of its full investment including marketing costs with an initial revenue share of 85 percent after distribution and platform fees and Fig crowdfunding revenue share.”

The company states that Double Fine will continue to develop the game and own the IP, however: “Starbreeze share of revenues will become 60 percent after the investment is recouped. Double Fine will retain 100 percent of the intellectual property relating to Psychonauts 2.”

The injection of funds follows a successful crowdfunding campaign. Over 24,000 fans contributed nearly $4 million to make the project happen, while Double Fine has also invested some of its own funds.

Psychonauts 2 is the long-awaited follow-up to 2005’s acclaimed platforming game Psychonauts. The original was re-released on PS4 last year, while a VR adaptation called Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin is due to launch on PS4 later in February.

Psychonaut 2’s director Tim Schafer revealed story details for the sequel in a Reddit AMA. For more, check out GameSpot’s exclusive interview with Schafer here.

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