Double Fine Productions, Tim Schafer's company in charge of the development of Psychonauts 2, has been acquired by Microsoft, which means the Fig-funded game will now be paying out its investors, who are no longer tied to how the game does.
Psychonauts 2 was, of course, crowdfunded but Fig's involvement meant there were plenty of direct investments, which are no longer applicable sensibly after the company was purchased by Microsoft, along with the rights to the Psychonauts franchise.
I know, it's barely a franchise with a single sequel but shut it - some of us waited to say this ever since we played the first one, and had to watch in disbelief at it being labelled a flop.
Anyway, a letter has been sent to investors that they will be receiving a 139 per cent return per $500 share, totalling at $196 per share. This is not too shabby and certainly more convenient since it won't require waiting for the launch of Psychonauts, or checking how the subsequent sales are doing.
Of course, these sorts of investment gambles work both ways, so the investors won't get to make more money if Psychonauts 2 ends up being a huge success, but we're sure they won't mind. After all, investments are not loot boxes.
"Based on proceeds from this deal, we will be making a first and final dividend of $696.00 per share (a 139% return on each $500 share) around September 18th of this year. As an investor in Fig Game Shares - PSY2, you have helped support Double Fine and the development of Psychonauts 2. The game simply would not be what it is without you", they wrote.
As for Psychonauts 2, Double Fine said that Microsoft's purchase gave the company a renewed focus, although nothing will change in terms of the studio's prefered way of work. Schafer joked around how they don't mind making Halo and Excell stuff, but we all know what we want them to make.
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Developed by Double Fine Productions and published by Microsoft, Psychonauts 2 launches for PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sometime in 2020.