Psychonauts 2 trailer gameplay

New Psychonauts 2 trailer shown at Xbox and Bethesda E3 stream

Delving into minds one more time.

Few people played Psychonauts back when it released on the original Xbox in 2005. Those who did play the game lauded it as an underrated gem, and it garnered a significant cult following over time. Fan demand eventually grew to such an extent that Double Fine Productions sought to develop Psychonauts 2, a sequel that has hyped up fans ever since its announcement. This hype will no doubt continue to grow, as the Xbox and Bethesda E3 showcase revealed a new trailer for Psychonauts 2. The trailer confirmed the game will come to PC and Xbox Game Pass on August 25.

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The trailer showed off a number of bizarre locations and gameplay scenarios as well as more of the quirky dialogue that players loved in the original game. Some of the gameplay segments shown include a fight against an evil judge wielding a giant gavel and a giant pachinko machine with main character Raz as the ball. The psychedelic, dream-like aesthetic found in many of the original game’s levels returns here in full force, with the new HD visuals lending environments an extra layer of detail, charm, and strangeness.


Funded by the fans

When Double Fine first revealed Psychonauts 2, the studio asked both fans and investors alike to fund the game’s development through the gaming crowdfunding site Fig. Double Fine founder Tim Schafer announced the crowdfunding campaign at the 2015 Game Awards, and asked for a goal of $3.3 million USD. Psychonauts 2 managed to accrue a total of around $3.8 million through its crowdfunding campaign, well over the initial target, which practically ensured that Double Fine could work on the game.

With the new trailer out and the release date finally announced, fans will soon get the chance to see whether Psychonauts 2 lives up to the original game’s charm. Hopefully, Psychonauts 2 will turn out to be everything that fans asked for and more.

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Daniel is a Contributing Writer who has been with PC Invasion since June 2021. A recipient of a master's degree in Community Journalism from the University of Alabama, he holds a deep passion for the gaming medium and the impact it can have on our lives. He is open to all kinds of genres, but has a particular affinity for platformers and beat 'em ups (or brawlers, or hack and slash, or character action, or whatever else you prefer to call them). In his spare time, he loves playing franchises like Mario, Kirby, Zelda, Tekken, and Devil May Cry. He also loves to travel and listen to multiple hours-long video essays back-to-back.