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Minecraft creator ready to help make Psychonauts sequel

Markus "Notch" Persson has offered to help fund Psychonauts 2, following an interview in which creator Tim Schafer quipped that he only needs "a few million dollars" to get started.

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Psychonauts will get a sequel, if the creator of Minecraft has anything to say about it. In response to reports that Tim Schafer would make Psychonauts 2 if he could get the funds, indie developer Markus 'Notch' Persson offered to work with him to revive the dormant property.

Schafer had told Rock Paper Shotgun that he's pitched Psychonauts 2, but no publishers have taken him up on it. "I'd have to convince someone to just give me a few million dollars," he said. "That's all."

In response, Persson tweeted to Schafer, "Let's make Psychonauts 2 happen." He later confirmed this was in response to the RPS interview, ending with, "I'm serious." So far, Schafer hasn't explicitly responded to the idea.

Persson would likely have plenty of money to fund such a project, since Minecraft has sold nearly 5 million copies. That revenue has gone into funding other projects from Mojang Specifications, of course, but Persson himself isn't hurting for money. We can't say if this will go any further than a spontaneous offer, but if it does, we could be seeing the beginnings of a match made on Twitter.

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    February 7, 2012 3:30 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Minecraft creator ready to help make Psychonauts sequel.

    Markus "Notch" Persson has offered to help fund Psychonauts 2, following an interview in which creator Tim Schafer quipped that he only needs "a few million dollars" to get started.

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      February 7, 2012 5:00 PM

      With all the worlds billionaires you would think one would be a gamer and help Tim out. I'd love Pyschonauts 2, 3, 4 etc etc.

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        February 7, 2012 5:10 PM

        Well, at least one millionaire did.

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      February 7, 2012 5:18 PM

      I honest don't care about Psychonauts or Notch but I think it's a great precedent to set. The entire industry would be a better place if successful devs/individuals funded projects just because they want to see the game made rather than if it can make everyone a fistfull of money.

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        February 7, 2012 8:16 PM

        ^^^ Yup, way to many games probably never see the light of day because of this.

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        February 8, 2012 7:35 AM

        That's a great way to not have money anymore. Some game ideas simply don't have the moneymaking potential to offset their costs, and the only way they get made is if an exec doesn't realize that.

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          February 8, 2012 7:46 AM

          For those who can afford it once in a while these gems push the whole industry forward.

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      February 7, 2012 8:05 PM

      This better happen.

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      February 7, 2012 8:13 PM

      I'd say skip Psychonauts and reboot Grim Fandango, but that's just me

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        February 7, 2012 8:15 PM

        That's a terrible idea. Maybe rerelease it but it doesn't need a sequel.

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          February 7, 2012 8:45 PM

          That's what I meant...HD remake with Windows 7 compatibility.

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            February 7, 2012 9:01 PM

            I'm hoping for that, too- I guess Lucasarts has the right to that one?

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              February 7, 2012 9:04 PM

              Yeah but they don't care about their older IPs at all. All they do at this point is just Star Wars.

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                February 8, 2012 7:15 AM

                They do care about their older IPs. They care about hoarding them - shelving them to never be used again.

                Somewhere at LucasArts...
                George Lucas: 'maniacal laugh'.

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                  February 8, 2012 7:16 AM

                  You guys should be glad for that. Can you imagine the "remake" George would do?

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                    February 8, 2012 7:22 AM

                    The Monkey Island remakes weren't great but they weren't bad either. At least they had commentary and the original game, which is a little shocking considering how much Lucas likes to constantly remaster his own stuff and pretend the originals don't exist.

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                  February 8, 2012 8:02 AM

                  A few years ago, there was a guy in charge of LucasArts games (last name Rodigeuz, can't remember first) that *really* understood the value of the backcatalog of LA games. That's how we got the Monkey Island remakes and several LA games on Steam, and were promised more at one point. This guy *got* it.

                  Then he "moved on" (without checking, I think this was more a forced outing) along with other changes in LA, which basically have cemented the publisher to Star Wars and only Star Wars.

                  If they got the right person back in charge there, I'm sure there would be a good chance of HD remakes and the like.

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                February 8, 2012 8:01 AM

                Everything Star Wars EXCEPT X-WING AND TIE-FIGHTER.

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        February 8, 2012 7:19 AM

        What the heck... Grim Fandango is not on GOG yet.

        http://www.gog.com/en/catalogue#all_genres/search/grim%20fandango/

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          February 8, 2012 7:23 AM

          Nothing by Lucasarts is and GOG has been trying to get them for years. Lucasarts is dumb.

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            February 8, 2012 7:41 AM

            Ah, crap. What a shame.

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          February 8, 2012 7:32 AM

          Lucas Arts isn't one of their devs/publishers so all their awesome shit we want isn't up there :(