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Minecraft's Creator Wants to Put Up Money to Make Psychonauts 2 a Reality

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Tim Schafer's Psychonauts is practically synonymous with the phenomenon of great, under-appreciated games. It didn't set the world on fire with massive sales when it came out years ago but has gone one to become a cult favorite, with a Mac release happening late last year.

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So, what about a sequel? Well, you may have noticed that Schafer's Double Fine dev studio's changed a bit. For the last two years, they've shifted to packs of smaller, leaner teams working on smaller, leaner games destined for the downloadable market. Schafer's said that from a manpower and financial perspective, Double Fine's not quite set up to crank out a follow-up to Psychonauts. Still, he told Digital Spy that he'd love to do a sequel if a few millions dollars magically appeared for that purpose.

Enter Markus Persson, creator of Minecraft and hat-wearer extraordinaire. After reading the interview with Schafer, the man known as Notch indicated on Twitter that he'd be willing to bankroll the return of ‘Nauts hero Razputin, saying "Let's make Psychonauts 2 happen" in a tweet directed to Schafer. and later remarking that he's serious.

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Schafer's yet to respond, but it's unlikely that any pact would happen out in the open on Twitter. Nevertheless, if this gets the wheels turning on another Psychonauts game or a Double Fine/Mojang partnership, awesome things may transpire.

[Thanks, tipster Morris!]

Notch Says To Schafer "Lets Make Psychonauts 2 Happen"" [Rock Paper Shotgun]

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If people are willing to pour money into Steven Colbert's Super PAC without knowing what he'll do with it, just knowing who he is, just open up a Kickstarter. As long as Schafer will agree to actually have his team actively work on it for a set amount (having Schafer on board the Kickstarter), then gamers will pour in the resources. Of course, giving away copies of the game for the right donation is the way to go.

I'm serious, DoubleFine: start a Kickstarter for Psychonauts 2! If I have to push off purchasing some games this year to give towards this idea, I WILL DO IT!!

edit: On a side note, I recently replayed through this game on the Xbox with my 7 and 5 year old watching it for the first time. They absolutely loved it. The only thing is, they're upset I haven't bothered to finish it yet. So, yes, "replayed" gave the impression that I finished it: I got to the meat circus, set the controller down, and apologized to my kids that I would not be finishing the game.

Yep, Psychonauts, a great game, has the distinction of being the only game to get me so furious that I literally threw my controller across the room in rage. Now I try to have enough control to just stop before I get to that point.

So, yeah, I'd love an HD PSN or XBLA re-release, but please tweak the insane difficulty spike for platforming in the meat circus level before you do. (Kickstarter that one, too!)