It's been just about a year since we got all excited about Minecraft maker Notch funding Double Fine's development of Psychonauts 2. It started with a tweet, and wound up going nowhere. Want to know why? The short answer is, predictably, the money. Notch explained the gist of it in a reddit thread about his astonishment at his own newfound wealth:
I somewhat naively thought "a couple of million" was two million. I had no doubt in my mind that a Psychonauts 2 would earn that money back easily.
Turns out they wanted 18 million dollars, haha. I don't have the time at the moment to even try to get educated enough to make an eighteen million dollar deal. Perhaps in some distant future when I'm no longer trying to make games, I could get into angel investing.
I've made one private investment into a game so far, at 100k, and it's frankly a lot more work than I thought.
So do you think Psychonauts 2 will ever actually happen? In the meantime the latest Double Fine adventure we've got to go on is The Cave, which, to be fair, ain't so bad.