Psychonauts 2's new publisher Starbreeze dumps $8 million into game

Cory Arnold

Tim Schafer and Double Fine have announced that Psychonauts 2 will be published by Starbreeze (The Darkness, Payday 2), who is bringing eight million dollars to the table, more than doubling what was raised on Fig (a crowdfunding site similar to Kickstarter that has direct ties to Double Fine). Double Fine is also contributing funding to the project, but just how much is not confirmed. Based on Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson's claim of Double Fine looking for $18 million to fund the game (the original cost $11. 8 million), then that suggests about six million being fronted by Double Fine. To make that eight million back, Starbreeze will take an 85% initial revenue share, dropping to only a 60% share of profits.

The other 40% will be divided between Double Fine and its Fig investors, who unlike Kickstarter backers are entitled to a return based on the project's success. Despite this, Double Fine will retain "100% of the intellectual property. " Whether or not this implies retainment of creative freedom is not clear. Read more…

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