Double Fine has been part of Xbox Game Studios for some time now, but it announced its Psychonauts 2 and then withdrew money for it through crowdfunding before Microsoft bought it. After six years, the game will also be released on consoles from Sony, but it will be a rather rare case where the owners of Xboxes will be better at it from a technical point of view.
According to the Australian server WellPlayed, Psychonauts 2 will not see the native version for PlayStation 5. The game should only run there in backward compatibility mode, while the version for PS4 Pro will run at 1440p at 30 FPS and without HDR. From the Xbox One X version, the developers managed to squeeze 4K at 30 FPS. In addition to 4K, you can enjoy 60 FPS on the Xbox Series X, and if you are satisfied with a lower resolution, you will get up to 120 FPS.
Double Fine has also prepared a story trailer for their brand new bouncy castle, while the two will follow up on the game for virtual reality from 2017 Psychonauts in the Rhombus Rain, which was a direct continuation of the 16-year-old number one. If you haven’t played a turn in VR, or you’ve even missed a phenomenal first platformer, the creators will briefly summarize Raz’s story from previous games at the beginning of the second place.
Only a few days have passed for the main character since the previous game – after the training camp of mental adventurers, he is ready to become a pro, but then finds out that he will be just an intern among psychonauts. Of course, everything will fall apart very soon and the adventure will not be long in coming.
According to study director Tim Schafer, the leitmotifs of the second part are empathy, mental health and also respect. “In the first game, we rubbed these topics by mistake because we were just trying to create a fun game in its original setting,” Schafer told the Washington Post. “But once you’re inside the human mind, what’s going on in people’s minds can’t be avoided, and that’s good and bad thoughts.”
Each of the levels will be very original, in individual locations the mental state of the character through whose bowels you are going should be reflected. Double Fine worked with psychiatrists and other experts on other Psychonauts to avoid excessive stigma and stereotypes about various mental illnesses.
They also dealt with the question of consensus, when Raz no longer enters the minds of others by force and without their consent, because a walk around a foreign brain can be quite invasive. But even if the game does not avoid serious topics, it tries to take them playfully and lightly – the inner demons of the characters usually take on the form of a boss, which can always be defeated in some way.
After years of waiting, Psychonauts 2 will be released on August 25 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S, and Xbox Game Pass subscribers can explore the depths of human insides on the day of release.