Double Fine: Want Sequels? Great, Lend Us The Money
See, it's not necessarily a matter of whether or not they want to, but whether or not they can.
We all know that despite almost always being wonderfully original and special in a variety of different ways, Tim Schafer's quality products don't always translate to financial successes. In fact, unfortunately, few do. This is probably the reason the loyal followers have never had sequels to games like Grim Fandango and Psychonauts (one of my personal favorites). A reader turned us onto a reply from Double Fine in the FAQ section of the studio's website: when asked if the team has any plans to produce sequels for either Psychonauts or Brutal Legend, the answer was:
"Not right now, but we’d love to someday. If anyone out there has a few million dollars burning a hole in their pocket, and would like to help us make an excellent sequel, please let us know."
In regards to Full Throttle, Grim Fandango and Day of the Tentacle, the response was as follows:
"That would be fun, but we don’t own the rights to any of those games, so we can’t. Instead, we have to make up our own new stuff. Which is awesome."
Well, okay, we can live with that. Besides, it's probably good for a studio like Double Fine to remain as fresh as humanly possible; that kind of imagination, creativity and originality might disappear if they latched onto one particular series, you know? Even so, we would've loved to see at least a few sequels here and there...
If you never got a chance at Psychonauts, by the way, you really missed out. Such a fantastic, ingenious platformer; I just adored the Black Velvetopia, Waterloo and The Milkman Conspiracy levels.
11/25/2010 9:37:23 PM Ben Dutka