Starbreeze Invests $8 Million into Psychonauts 2

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Starbreeze will be entitled to 85% of Psychonauts 2 revenue, after Fig revenue share has been paid out.

Early last year, Tim Schafer’s Double Fine ran a successful crowd funding campaign for a sequel to Psychonauts, raising just shy of $4 million from independent investors via investment platform Fig. Now, publisher Starbreeze, best known for Payday 2, has doubled that investment, putting a whopping $8 million into the project.

Along with distribution and platform fees, the Fig revenue share will be paid out before Starbreeze can recoup its investment, which is a pretty substantial 85% of total revenue. Once it has been paid back its $8 million, the number will drop down to 60%, which is still a majority of revenue.

“Starbreeze is the perfect partner for Double Fine and our backers on Psychonauts 2,” Double Fine’s Tim Schafer said. “Their expertise in not just developing and publishing games, but supporting them after launch will be a great benefit for players of the game.”

“We’re very proud to be able to add this prominent collaboration to our publishing business,” added Starbreeze CEO Bo Andersson-Klint.

Backers may be a bit upset by this development – after all, the game was billed as a kind of crowdfunded investment opportunity, and now it simply has a publisher put up the majority of funds like any other game.

Psychonauts 2 is scheduled to launch in 2018.


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