Late last week, Xbox studio Double Fine Productions uploaded a gargantuan documentary to YouTube detailing the whole development process on 2021's Psychonauts 2. While the 32-part doc is likely littered with tidbits of info on the studio's projects, episode 30 in particular drops a hint on what might be next from the team.
Studio head Tim Schafer talks about two other projects that were in the works prior to Psychonauts 2's launch - two projects that at the time had to be halted to allow the whole team to focus on the much-awaited Psychonauts sequel.
"Now things have moved on to the boss phase. We had a big change, we actually paused all development on all other games including Derek's game which is going to be awesome and I was really excited about him doing that game and it's sad to pause that. And Lee's game what we're excited about and had to pause that - we brought everybody in the studio back to Psychonauts."
Now that Psychonauts 2 is out in the wild and has been for some time, it's safe to assume that these projects are now back in the pipeline over at Double Fine. It's worth keeping in mind that this quote is from before the game launched in 2021, as the doc chronicles that whole development process in the run up to release. Plans could have certainly changed since then.
However, even in late 2021 we caught wind that multiple projects were already in the works at Double Fine, and this new doc has shed a bit more light on what those projects could potentially turn out to be. It seems to be all go over at the Xbox-owned studio then!
Tim's talk on the team's projects is timestamped down below:
Are you looking forward to what's next from Double Fine? Let us know in the comments!
Double fine makes some great games. They seem to be more niche usually but they are fantastic. Just completed Broken Age recently.
I wish they would reconsider on reviving the Banjo Kazooie franchise. Make it a Rare+Double Fine team up.
Tell me more please.
Seriously, Double Fine is tied with Obsidian as my favorite developer under Xbox.
More Brutal Legend. Enough said.
@DrJimmyRussler man that would be awesome, and i mean why did the Xbox team shrink the controller of the series X to fit the average hand of a 8 year old better, to not release some more kid focused games, and what better than a 4K 60 beautiful colorful world of banjo. That would be a game fan’s all over would play. I am almost 40 and would day one buy it. Great idea you had, so i had to comment. Man i wish your idea was a real thing. Xbox has to hear all of us asking for Banjo.
I love double fine but I will wait for some sort of official reveal before having any emotional reaction to either of these games (if they are both still coming).
Two games from them is a dream. They are so talented and creative. Looking forward to what they are doing next!
An Iron Brigade or Brütal Legend sequel would be cool.
This was leaked years ago. Along with the fact that they are working on new IP. "No remakes, remasters, prequels or sequels. Something brand new. New IP" - a quote from Tim Schaefer.
So no Brutal Legend, Banjo Kazooie or Forza DLC.
i was watching a video about how Microsoft is forcing studios on developing their own engines to make their games which make a heavy border on xbox studios and one of the reasons halo infinite release was delayed and ended up a desaster...and how fable also is facing same issues as forza team is forced to use forza engine which doesn't have enough tools to dev a RPG game......this is desasterous ...is MS this stupid
May their games be translated someday. Psychonauts 1 and 2 are not available in Japanese.
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