Psychonauts 2 is a platform game developed by Double Fine and published by Xbox Game Studios. The game was announced at The Game Awards 2015 ceremony, and released on August 25, 2021 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S, with releases for macOS and Linux planned for a future, unannounced date.
Double Fine and game director Tim Schafer had expressed the desire to create a sequel to Psychonauts, but the financial demand of developing the game stalled any serious attempt for several years.
After strong sales of the original through various outlets along with strong demand from the fanbase of the original game, Double Fine sought to acquire part of its financial capital to fund the developments of Psychonauts 2 through a US$3.3 million crowd-funding and investment drive through Fig, launched simultaneously with the game’s announcement. The campaign raised nearly $4 million by the beginning of 2016.
Psychonauts 2 Gameplay
Psychonauts 2 is a third-person platform game similar in gameplay to its predecessor. The player controls Raz, a newly graduated Psychonaut with powerful psychic abilities, as he delves into the minds of others. The player uses “Psi-Powers”, such as telekinesis, pyrokinesis, and levitation, in combination with more common platform game elements, to explore the mental worlds of several non-player characters.
Story of Psychonauts 2
The story is set in a fictional, alternate world where the impact of a meteor containing the fictional element Psitanium affected local wildlife and eventually Native Americans and prospectors, granting all psychic powers or improving existing ones, however slowing driving them all into insanity. Taking awareness of the existence of these psychic individuals, the US government formed the Psychonauts, agents gifted with psychic abilities by the psitanium to combat evil-doers of extraordinary nature.
In the previous installment of Psychonauts, runaway acrobat youngster Razputin “Raz” Aquato infiltrated Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp, a Psychonaut training facility under the guise of a summer camp, wishing to become a Psychonaut against the wishes of his family, especially his father Augustus.
As he trained his psychic abilities, Raz stumbled upon a plan devised by one of the Whispering Rock mentors, Coach Morceau Oleander, to kidnap both the summer camp trainees and colleague teachers Sasha Nein and Milla Vodello and extract their brains to power a division of brain-powered battle tanks, assisted by insane ex-dentist Dr. Caligosto Loboto.
With the assistance of the forcefully retired and mentally shattered Psychonaut agent Ford Cruller, Raz is able to rescue aWith these feats, Raz is welcomed into the Psychonauts, but is immediately forced to deploy in action when he learns that Truman Zanotto – the Grand Head of the Psychonauts and father to Raz’ newfound love interest Lili – has been kidnapped.
The story of Psychonauts 2 starts immediately following the aftermath of that rescue mission, portrayed in Psychonauts: In the Rhombus of Ruin.
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