Psychonauts 2 will be a reality if developer Double Fine can secure $3.3 million via crowd-funding platform Fig.
Announced overnight at The Game Awards 2015, Psychonauts 2 is targeting a summer 2018 release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
The original title was the first project at Double Fine, with the game finally launching on April 19, 2005 after the best part of five years in development. The game wasn't an instant hit, but in the years which have passed has gone on to sell around 1.7 million copies across various formats and distribution methods.
The game followed the story of a young psychic named Razputin in his quest to join an elite group of international psychic secret agents, the Psychonauts. The game ended on a cliffhanger which Double Fine intends to continue resolve in the sequel.
"In Psychonauts 2, Raz realizes his dream and visits Psychonauts Headquarters. However, when he gets there, he finds it's not the perfect place he expected and quickly realizes that the Psychonauts need him more than he needs them," explains the project page.
The blurb continues: "Psychonauts 2 will feature a new hub world inside Psychonauts HQ. You'll access new mental worlds as Raz peeks inside the minds of a host of new characters who need his help to combat their inner demons and unravel their deep-seated emotional issues. Raz will hone his secret agent PSI-abilities - and learn new ones too - using them to solve mysteries and uncover evil plots."
Double Fine actually needs $10-$13.5 million to develop the sequel, so is putting up a "significant portion of the development funds" itself and obtaining further investment from an external partner. However, in order for the project to be fully funded the fig campaign is essential.
The Fig campaign is asking $39 for a digital version of the game on Windows, OSX and Linux. If you want a PS4 or Xbox One version you'll need to add an extra $18.
In addition to offering backer rewards, Fig also opens up the possibility to invest in the project, with its success or failure determining your return.