Microsoft did it again. Last night, during its press conference at E3 2019, the company announced that Double Fine Productions will join Xbox Game Studios in an agreement that has not only been reduced to the signing of the development team led by Tim Schafer, which maintains the multiplatform character of Psychonauts 2, but also to the purchase of the rights of the Psychonauts saga, until yesterday in property of Starbreeze, for something more than 13 million dollars.
” We want to continue being a partner of external studies at the time of publishing their video games in the future, but our main goal is to ensure that our internal development and self-publishing units can continue to operate, “said Mikael Nermark, acting Executive director of a Starbreeze in serious financial distress after the bump from Overkill’s The Walking Dead.
Do all of these movements affect the launch platforms of Psychonauts 2? Absolutely.As stated by Tim Schafer, all previous agreements will be respected. In addition, the veteran designer has taken the opportunity to ensure that the purchase of the study by Microsoft will not affect, in any way, the culture of creative independence that they have maintained for nearly 20 years.