Watch Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight movie now

Back when Double Fine was mid-way through developing Brütal Legend in 2007, publisher Activision dropped the project. While searching for another publisher, studio head Tim Schafer suspended work on the game and told the team to forget about it for two weeks, instead spending that time working on prototypes for future games. That "Amnesia Fortnight" became a tradition at Double Fine, and some of the later prototypes became full games like Costume Quest and Stacking.

In 2019, while working on Psychonauts 2, Double Fine held another Amnesia Fortnight. This one was recorded by 2 Player Productions, the documentary crew responsible for Double Fine Adventure, and turned into a feature-length movie, which you can watch right now on YouTube.

Four games are pitched, and grow into prototypes over the course of the two weeks. Expect to see "madcap puppet theater, devious journeys into the underworld, a sinister puzzle game, and grand battles on the back of giant slugs". Which all sounds very Double Fine.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.