There's a lot good reasons to Get Hype over Double Fine these days, especially after their crowdfunding appeal proved to be a major win for both the studio and longtime fans of co-founder Tim Schafer's prior work. The Hype train was honored by a special guest in the form of Mojang's Markus "Notch" Persson of Minecraft fame, who earlier this month personally offered to help make the long-requested Psychonauts sequel a reality.
Notch is still gravy with the whole idea of working with Double Fine, but he's recently cautioned that series fans may want to keep any lofty expectations in check for the time being. In a Tumblr post made earlier today, Notch concedes that there will be far more work involved than anyone (including himself) first expected in getting a Psychonauts 2 project off the ground:
- [Tim Schafer] and I haven’t spoken much at all other than a couple of emails.
- We mentioned meeting at GDC, I hope that will happen
- I assume Double Fine will be very busy for many months with the kickstarter project
- The budget for doing a Psychonauts 2 is three times higher than my initial impression
- A couple of other parties have mentioned also being interested in investing in it
- I would not be investing in this as a charity. It would be because I think the game would be profitable
- And naturally, I wouldn’t want to have any creative input in the game. It would be purely a high risk investment in a project I believe in.
In other words, don't get TOO excited over a possible Psychonauts 2 just yet. Notch further explains that he simply has no idea if such a project can actually happen at this point in the game, and even with Double Fine's successful experience with Kickstarter, he himself has little experience with playing the miracle investor for another studio. But he's still interested in teaming up with Double Fine, assuming all the rest of the game pieces are in the right positions:
All I know is that IF the numbers work out and IF they still want to do it and IF they don’t decide to self fund a sequel by doing more crowd funding (which is honestly what I would’ve done if I were them), I would be most interested in doing this type of investment.
It's not simply a matter of Schafer's people calling Notch's people and then everyone signing the contract. Above all else, Notch wouldn't want to end up being the guy who let everyone down over Psychonauts 2 because he jumped in without any planning. It is heartening to learn that Mojang may not be the only party interested in working with Double Fine though.