Thursday evening's broadcast of The Game Awards included celebrities, trophies (real ones—not virtual ones on PlayStation), and music performances, but like in previous years, its most interesting content came in the form of world-premiere trailers for games expected to launch the following year. Perhaps the biggest brand-new announcement came from Double Fine, whose founder Tim Schafer took the stage to announce a crowdfunding campaign for Psychonauts 2.
The reveal teaser showed an admiral speaking vaguely about assaulting an island, then was warned that it was protected by "a comatose young girl who believes she’s herding a flock of sheep," at which point the admiral asked for the Psychonauts to do the job. After the trailer was shown, Schafer took the stage and told the crowd that it would immediately launch a crowdfunding campaign at fig.co, and that campaign is asking fans for $3.3 million to get a sequel off the ground for an adventure series that has enjoyed much more critical acclaim than it ever did commercial success.
"I wanna say, 'fuck yeah, we can do this!'" Schafer said in a follow-up crowdfunding request video, which confirmed that the $3.3 million ask will only make up a third of the game's total budget; the other parts will be paid for by outside investors and by Double Fine itself. (Schafer has yet to confirm if Markus "Notch" Persson will be one of those investors.) Fans of the company's last making-of documentary series will be happy to know that filming crew 2 Player Productions are on board to chronicle Psychonauts 2's creation, as well.