The studio that kicked open the door for massive video game Kickstarter campaigns is returning to crowdfunding with a new, highly-requested project.
Double Fine, which raised $3.3 million on Kickstarter in 2012 for the game Broken Age, last night announced a campaign on crowdfunding site Fig with a goal of $3.3 million for Pyschonauts 2.
Psychonauts 2 is the follow-up to the 2005 Majesco-published platformer that over the years has garnered a dedicated following, and gradually racked up strong sales.
According to the game’s official crowdfunding launch video, the original Psychonauts sold nearly 480,000 units between 2005 and 2010. In 2011, Double Fine regained the rights of the game from Majesco, republished it, and from 2010-2015, the game sold an additional 1.2 million units.
Double Fine hopes Psychonauts’ following is enough to hit the multi-million dollar goal for the sequel. As of this writing, the campaign is off to a flying start, with over $900,000 raised in less than a day.
Going with the recently-launched Fig platform this time around means that there is an opportunity for contributors to actually invest in the game and receive a financial return, a feature not available on Kickstarter.
The game is planned as multiplatform across PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
(…And make sure to watch the video – it’s worth it just for the random appearance of a certain white-bearded video game person.)