Fresh off of the phenomenal success of Double Fine’s $1.8 million and-counting Kickstater campaign, it’s been revealed that Markus Persson has offered as much as $13 million to help make Psychonauts 2 with the studio.
Persson originally offered to fund Psychonauts 2 last week when Double Fine boss Tim Schafer revealed that he’d love to make the game, but couldn’t get a publisher to agree to it.
The two were reportedly in talks for the rest of the week, and now Schafer has revealed the aforementioned figure in a report on Kotaku. Schafer revealed that this was the price of development for the first game, adding: “As soon as I mentioned the amount of money he said, ‘Yeah, I can do that,'” Schafer said.
“We had a lot of plot elements that were backstory in that [first] game that we planned on revisiting in the future and tying it back in. We had a longer story arc planned for those characters.”
Of his new best friend, Schafer said: “He’s just a regular guy. He didn’t do anything sleazy to get it. He just made it himself, distributed it himself, it’s a great story. I think we have a lot to learn from him, so I’d like to do something with him. And I’d like to make Psychonauts 2.”
Christmas is coming very, very early this year, it would seem.