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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.

Tags: double fine, tim schafer, psychonauts, grim fandango, brutal legend

11/25/2010 9:37:23 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (12 posts)

NoSmokingBandit
Thursday, November 25, 2010 @ 10:07:37 PM
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Psychonauts 2 might be the greatest thing that could happen to gaming. Last gen was filled with so many great action/adventure/platformer games. It seems like now all we get are muscular space marines with guns.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, November 25, 2010 @ 11:16:54 PM
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The problem is with the state of gaming right now, almost any IP that isn't established or doesn't have a number after it isn't going to sell too well compared to sequels and spinoffs. You almost HAVE to push that investment button just to make money. inFamous was never as popular as it should have been and Killzone 2 didn't rake in half what any CoD would but you press forward. Uncharted 1 could have easily been abandoned and then POW Uncharted 2 rocks the gaming world at least in reviews.

I hate to say this but Double Fine might want to apply their imaginations to something slightly more mainstream if they wanna make the big bucks.

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main_event05
Thursday, November 25, 2010 @ 11:57:54 PM
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Time to dig deep guys.
Psychonauts 2
*drool

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NoOneSpecial
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 9:28:41 PM

Does your avatar by any chance reflect Mr. Popo from Dragonball Z?

Last edited by NoOneSpecial on 11/26/2010 9:28:52 PM

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main_event05
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 12:04:33 AM

yes, yes it does.

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Alienange
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 12:08:25 AM
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I don't get it. They won't do any sequels? They're just going to keep pumping out obscure new IPs that no one will buy?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 1:50:42 AM

yup

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___________
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 1:42:21 AM
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ahhhh, isent that what publishers are for?
since when do sequels cost more than new IPs to create?
this is honestly the lamest excuse i have ever heard!
maybe someday he will realize sequels sell better than new IPs because people already know what to expect, new IPs you dont.
than maybe he can pass that lesson on to NT and get them to snap out of there insanity and finally give us a heavenly sword sequel.

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Gordo
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 4:48:48 AM
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Style over substance.

These guys talk a good talk but have failed to deliver this gen...

Off to the casual game world of iPhone they go!

Last edited by Gordo on 11/26/2010 4:49:08 AM

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swapnilgyani
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 12:09:45 PM
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Ah...Brutal Legend! What wouldn't I kill to have a sequel to that.

"Come back when you grow a pair as big as your mother's."

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BikerSaint
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 2:42:12 PM
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I want Psychonauts 2!!!!!

Just make it 1080p HD, & throw in Psychonauts 1 & we're all good to go

Get cracking on it & I'll consider you "Triple Fine"

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Rings0fUranus
Friday, November 26, 2010 @ 5:10:12 PM
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Brutal Legend was one of my favorite games last year. If I had a million dollars, I'd give it to Tim to do a sequel. But alas, the economy...

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