Notch No Longer Funding Psychonauts 2 Due to $18M Price Tag
Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson stated that he’s no longer involved in funding Psychonauts 2, the proposed sequel to Double Fine’s 2005 action-platformer.
Double Fine founder and chief executive Tim Schafer confirmed Persson’s departure from the project. “Yeah, I think I gave Markus a heart attack when I told him how much Psychonauts 2 would cost,” he said.
Persson first expressed interest in helping with the sequel a year ago when he tweeted to Schafer, “Let’s make Psychonauts 2 happen.” However, speaking on Reddit last Friday, he announced that the price tag was steeper than he anticipated. He wrote:
“I somewhat naively thought ‘a couple of million’ was two million. I had no doubt in my mind that a Psychonauts 2 would earn that money back easily. Turns out they wanted 18 million dollars, haha. I don’t have the time at the moment to even try to get educated enough to make an 18 million dollar deal. Perhaps in some distant future when I’m no longer trying to make games, I could get into angel investing. I’ve made one private investment into a game so far, at $100K, and it’s frankly a lot more work than I thought.”
In a statement, Double Fine says it is “excited about the prospect of making a sequel to Psychonauts, but we’re currently focused on making our Kickstarter game and haven’t been able to budget it out. Once we get around to it, we’ll likely explore alternative funding methods that will require multiple sources to make it a reality.”