Over the break, Double Wonderful offered an replace on the state of the studio’s present venture Psychonauts 2 within the type of a nine-minute video hosted by Tim Schafer. Sporting a Christmas sweater with the Double Wonderful’s two-headed child on it, he festively explains that “all the degrees are within the recreation” and when the builders come again from their break they will be ending and sprucing it. Because the video description says, “2020 was a dang unusual time however Psychonauts 2 is doing properly and can launch subsequent 12 months.”
Double Wonderful’s working course of has modified, as this replace exhibits. The studio dedicated to creating Psychonauts 2 with out crunch, and as Schafer says, “On the primary recreation that was one of many worst crunch modes we have ever completed.” The opposite change is that everybody’s working from residence, and far of the video is footage taken from their Zoom calls, which suggests you get to see which workers members use backgrounds. (Schafer’s is the “all work and no play makes Jack a boring boy” scene from The Shining.)
Double Wonderful appears to have made the very best of work-from-home, and Schafer has turn into one thing of an “inside recreation streamer”, taking part in every construct whereas different members of the staff watch and remark so the entire thing could be recorded for later evaluation. You may see him leaping round numerous components of Psychonauts 2 because the builders determine to chop a tram from a bit or repair an issue with eyeballs detaching from the heads of some skeleton individuals.
In addition to revisiting the finished ranges, they will apparently be engaged on the cutscenes, finish credit, front-end menu, and a post-game epilogue that can allow you to discover the world after finishing the story—one thing the unique Psychonauts did not have. So whereas there’s nonetheless a methods to go, it does seem to be Psychonauts 2 actually is on observe to launch this 12 months.
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