Double Great Productions is Microsoft’s most current Xbox acquisition


Crowdfunders will still get Psychonauts 2 on their chosen platform.

Kyle Orland

Tim Schafer introduces himself as part of Microsoft for the first time.

Enlarge / Tim Schafer presents himself as part of Microsoft for the very first time.


LOS ANGELES–” For the last 19 years, we’ve been independent. Then Microsoft concerned us and stated, ‘What if we offered you a lot of cash.’ And I said ‘OK, yeah,'”

That was the half-kidding method Double Fine Productions ( Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, Broken Age) Creator and President Tim Schafer introduced the company’s freshly revealed acquisition by Microsoft Video game Studios. Schafer appeared on phase at Microsoft’s pre-show conference, prepared to joke about the brand-new collaboration with Head of Microsoft Studios Matt Booty.

” I am a team player,” Schafer stated on phase. “Whatever you require from Double Great we’ll produce you. Halo things, Forza stuff, Excel things. Whatever you want, we exist.”

” Tim, we simply want you to make fantastic video games,” Booty responded.

In a slightly more severe video posted on Twitter, Schafer clarified that the company’s “existing commitments” will still be fulfilled post-acquisition. That consists of supplying variations of Psychonauts 2 to crowdfunders on the platform they initially chose. Moving forward, though, the company will focus on “Xbox, Video Game Pass, and PC,” Schafer stated.

Tim Schafer introduces Double Fine as part of the Microsoft household.

Schafer was likewise clear in his commitment that being a Microsoft subsidiary wouldn’t alter the kinds of video games Double Great makes, or alter the “special spirit” the business has actually acquired over nearly.

” Microsoft wants us for who we are and the kind of games we’re currently making,” he said. “The thought of being able to establish [those ideas] without dragging them all over the world, pitching them to every publisher that exists, is truly nice to think of.” That statement resonates all the more when you consider Schafer’s own experience having a hard time to discover funding for the original Psychonauts after a publishing offer with Microsoft failed in 2004, and Schafer’s long search for Psychonauts 2 financing after that.

The news comes one year after Microsoft acquired Undead Labs ( State of Decay), Playground Games ( Forza Horizon), Ninja Theory ( Hellblade) and Compulsion Games ( We Delighted Few) for its first-party lineup. Microsoft now boasts 14 distinct Xbox Video game Studios, and unveiled 14 different exclusive video games from those developers at this year’s pre-E3 conference.

While the news was accompanied by a brand-new trailer for Psychonauts 2, today’s statement did not mention RAD, the roguelite action video game that Double Fine has been dealing with as part of a publishing offer with Bandai Namco Games.


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