In less than a week since its launch, the crowd-funding campaign for Psychonauts 2 has reached over $2,000,000 from backers. Despite the campaign having only launched on December 3rd, Double-Fine Productions are already almost two thirds of the way toward their 3.3 million dollar target.
At time of writing, $2,183,815 have been pledged. It has been joked by Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson that he will be lending support, and may even be involved in the game’s development.
When asked in an interview with GameSpot, Double Fine founder Tim Schafer said this of Psychonauts 2’s 3.3 million target – “Double Fine wants to match that amount and put our own money into it, too. Then we want to get a partner like a real major games industry partner to help us with that, and be another chunk of that funding”. In total, Schafer is aiming to have a total budget of at least $10 million.
The funding campaign is being conducted via investment platform Fig, a site which takes crowd-funding a step further than sites like IndieGoGo or Kickstarter. By placing money into a campaign, investors will also receive a financial stake in the game – including a share of potential profits. The catch to Fig’s business model – Double Fine will only get the money if they reach their 3.3 million dollar target. However, with well over a month left to find the remaining $1.2 million, hopes are high for the campaign to succeed.
The funding campaign will last until January 7th, check it out here to contribute.