Rumours of a sequel to the cult classic Psychonauts have been floating around for years now, but Psychonauts 2 was finally confirmed late last year. More details have just come out about the new game's conception, funding and publishing, revealing at least part of the storyline that will make up Raz's adventure in Psychonauts 2.
In a Reddit AMA today, the legendary Tim Schafer has been answering questions about both the creative and the practical side of creating Psychonauts 2.
Most notably, he revealed that the game is to be set only a matter of hours after the first Psychonauts. "Raz will be a few hours older than in the first game, because it takes place soon after the events of Psychonauts," Schafer answered a fan who was wondering if we would get to see an older version of the game's main character. It seems like some replaying of the original may be required for fans anticipating the sequel — which will finally see the light more than ten years after the first game's release.
The story is something that Schafer has been thinking about since making the first game, apparently, and has likely had plenty of time to mature over the years.
In Psychonauts 2, Raz will finally get to go to Psychonauts headquarters—his lifelong dream. There he can see Sasha and Milla in their natural environment—international espionage. But he finds several things strange about the organization. While Truman Zanotto was missing, several changes to the direction of the organization were made by his second in command. Funding was cut from traditional psychic research and peacekeeping, and redirected to unorthodox, fringe endeavors, including the discredited practice of necromancy. Raz soon uncovers sinister things at work in the shadows of Psychonauts headquarters, including double agents and evils of the past. Raz’s own family history plays a pivotal part in the story, and Raz must confront the roots of the curse placed on his family once and for all. And also deal with this whole “girlfriend” term and what it really means. :)
The story will not be entirely of Schafer's making, however, with talented video game writer Erik Wolpaw returning again to help write Psychonauts 2. "He will help with the writing like he did on the first game, but he's also coming on the project earlier in its production so we'll be able to get even more of his ideas into it."
Psychonauts 2 has already passed its funding goal of $US3,300,000 on video game crowdfunding site Fig, though the campaign is still active for another 19 hours if you want to get in on the action. Check out Psychonauts 2's crowdfunding page here.