Double Fine boss Tim Schafer revealed last month that Grim Fandango, the cult classic LucasArts adventure, was being remastered and re-released for modern systems. Unfortunately, those systems were the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita, and not the PC. Schafer didn't leave us out in the cold completely, however, saying at the time that there would be "talk about other platforms soon," and today he was as good as his word.
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It was almost a year ago to the day when Notch publicly proposed to Tim Schafer. No, not that sort of proposal. This one: "Let’s make Psychonauts 2 happen."
But any plans for a follow up to Tim Schafer's weird and inventive platformer were put on hold when Double Fine launched an adventure game Kickstarter. Now, in a thread on Reddit thread, the Minecraft creator has revealed that he'll no longer be funding a Psychonauts sequel.
A Knight, a Scientist and a Time Traveller walk into a cave. Somehow, that feels like it should lead to a joke - especially in a game by Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert. It doesn’t, but that’s not in itself a problem. The Cave has a definite dark sense of humour, but it’s not a comedy. Instead, it’s a laidback tragedy about seven sinners on a search for their deepest desires, only to find their fatal flaws waiting for them instead. A series of light morality plays written to educate and entertain. And, sadly, a really quite dull platform game.
In an interview with VentureBeat, Double Fine founder Tim Schafer discussed how the studio's groundbreaking Kickstarter campaign changed his stance on the transparency of showing a game in progress to the public, declaring he's now "unafraid" of being open.
Double Fine's modern re-imagining of classic adventure gaming logically involves a talking cave, but we're perfectly fine with a spot of surrealism from the mind who brought us the Monkey Island series. You'll pick from seven characters with individual reasons for descending into The Cave's stony depths and find puzzles suited for their special abilities. In a new trailer, the Adventurer, Knight, Time Traveler, and Twins run, jump, poison soup, and skirt death as the cave itself narrates what's happening inside its rocky guts. Yep, this is definitely Double Fine at work here. The Cave releases in January.
Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight prototype jam, in which the gaming public get to vote on the game they make next, continues with the reveal of Brazen, a co-op brawler that combines the strategically-rich beast-slaying of Monster Hunter with the stop-motion creature features of yore. Hit the jump to see men punch a two-headed tortoise to death with oversized metal fists and admire project lead Brad Muir's modest but well-sculpted beard.
Double Fine's upcoming platformer The Cave, directed by click-master Ron Gilbert, deals with a variety of contemporary topics, such as the vagaries of subterranean carnival workers and the possible population of a magical talking cave. The latest round of screenshots still doesn't explain the connections between kingly cathedrals, missile control centers, and "OMDog" vending machines under one stony roof, but we're sure it'll all come together. Dose up on the wonderful weirdness inside.