Starbreeze's problems are well documented at this point. On December 3rd, the company filed for reconstruction with the Stockholm District Court and their CEO resigned. Their games have been in limbo ever since. The console version of OVERKILL's The Walking Dead has been delayed indefinitely, cancelled, and then uncancelled in that order, while the PC version of the game has failed to meet financial expectations. The publisher then vowed to concentrate on their PAYDAY franchise, but then where does that leave Psychonauts 2, their still-to-be-published game? Well, in an interview with gamesindustry.biz, Double Fine Productions' founder Tim Schafer insists Starbreeze will still be publishing the game.
Starbreeze has "pledged they're definitely still capable of publishing it", despite their current financial and management woes. However, if everything does fall apart from the publisher, the game should still see the light of day. Psychonauts 2 has been funded through a Fig crowdfunding campaign and Double Fine's own finances, as well as the $8 million they received from Starbreeze. It should be enough to help them find a new publisher should things not work out.
Of course, it isn't the first time Double Fine has found themselves in this situation. Psychonauts was originally dropped by Microsoft before later being published by Majesco. Brutal Legend was dropped when Vivendi Games was bought out by Activision, the latter deciding they no longer wanted to publish the game. EA later published that title. Psychonauts 2 has already drawn interest from other publishers, so there's no need to worry about the game just yet.
We don't have them yet, but we'll publish a story as soon as we pick up the Psychonauts 2 achievements.
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