Almost exactly one year ago, Markus "Notch" Perrson (known for his highly-popular Minecraft) surprised the gaming world by declaring that he'd help Tim Schafer and Double Fine by financing a Psychonauts sequel. Notch even said he would be able to match the estimated $13 million budget that Psychonauts 2 would need. Turns out, it would need even more than that and Notch doesn't want in after all.
"I think I gave Markus a heart attack when I told him how much Psychonauts 2 would cost," Schafer says. So, what was that exorbitant amount that almost sent Notch to the emergency room? Notch shared this with Reddit:
"I somewhat naively thought ”a couple of million“ was two million. ... Turns out they wanted 18 million dollars, haha. ... I“ve made one private investment into a game so far, at $100K, and it“s frankly a lot more work than I thought."
I don't blame him for backing out of that one.
But don't lose complete hope on Psychonauts 2 yet. While Double Fine still has its utmost attention on the Kickstarter-funded Double Fine Adventure, it still has plans to "explore alternative funding methods that will require multiple sources to make it a reality."
Do you think Notch made the right decision of ultimately saying no to funding Psychonauts 2?