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Posted by Chris Scott Barr on Feb 7, 2012

Notch Offers To Fund Psychonauts 2

It’s interesting to see how the world of indie games has progressed. A few years ago, there was little market for these small-time games, and no one took them seriously. Now, with some of them are becoming more profitable than ones funded by larger, well-known publishers. So what happens when an indie developer sets their sights on publishing a game from a well-known franchise? It’s something that hasn’t happened yet, however, if Notch has his way, it will.

Recently Tim Schafer of Double Fine spoke with Rock Paper Shotgun about his desire to make Psychonauts 2. Unfortunately, despite pitching this sequel to a number of publishers, he’s not found anyone willing to fund the project. Upon hearing this, Mojang’s own Markus ‘Notch’ Persson sent out a simple tweet to Schafer stating “Let’s make Psychonauts 2 happen.”

What’s interesting is that Notch has already expressed the desire to go into publishing before. So why not take a cult hit like Psychonauts and give it the funding it needs? The tides are turning, with more power in the hands of small companies like Mojang. I’d be interesested to see how this pairing with Double Fine plays out, should it actually happen.

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