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Mojo vets the Psychonauts 2 trailer, shares its opinions

15 Dec, 2018, 03:12 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 3

I'll let Jason explain this one himself:

Jason noticed that more than the average number of folks were logged into the Mojo admin Slack channel at once, so he seized the opportunity to revive a time-honored, zero-effort manner of generating feature content that had long fallen out of fashion: reprinted chat logs!

This time, join Jason, Remi, Zaarin, Bennyboy(!), and elTee as they talk about the Psychonauts 2 trailer.

Go psycho/nuts for the first Psychonauts 2 trailer

07 Dec, 2018, 06:29 | Posted by: Kroms | Source: YouTube | Comments: 6
Psychonauts 2 just got its first trailer, courtesy of the Game Awards. It's lookin' pretty good. The stylish art design makes for a pleasing combination with the shiny new graphics engine.


Psychonauts 2 is scheduled for 2019 and will come to PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, and Linux.

The game's Fig campaign is still open, if you want to pitch in.

I'd forgotten how funny the Ford Cruller reveal was in the original, including that dumb joke about bacon. Also, I'd somehow never noticed that his appearance seems to be based on Kurt Vonnegut. Is that just me? Things to muse on as you take the opportunity to revisit Peter McConnell's beautiful Psychonauts soundtrack. I've never been out in a cabin without having "Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp" in my head.

Alternatively, revisit the work of Scott C., who was largely responsible for the look of the original game. His art's harder to emulate than it looks, I've come to learn.

Psychonauts publisher problems persist

03 Dec, 2018, 14:54 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 12

Microsoft, Majesco, and now Starbreeze… The publisher of the forthcoming Psychonauts-sequel has hit its own version of "marketplace realities," after Overkill’s The Walking Dead tanked. That’s right. The Walking Dead. You can’t even make this up.

Exactly how this economic face-slap will affect Psychonauts 2 is currently unknown, but as operations are under review and courts are involved with the reconstruction, things could probably be looking rosier.

Meanwhile, Al Lowe is auctioning off his Sierra memorabilia!

Costume Quest gets animated, will hit Amazon

02 Nov, 2018, 17:35 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 4

I might have missed . . . something, seeing I can’t find an announcement from Double Fine . . . but Costume Quest, quite possibly the most charming games in the Mojo-verse, is being turned into an animated series for Amazon. There’s even a trailer:

Yeah, I don’t really know -- it looks nice enough, but I can’t help but feel some of the charm was lost in translation. Either way, the show is scheduled for 2019 release.

Grim is available on Switch! Vinyl! 20th Anniversary Edition!

01 Nov, 2018, 17:50 | Posted by: Remi | Be the first to comment!

OK, I was a bit quick on the trigger last time, but Grim is officially out on Switch now, unless Double Fine is lying to all of us. Don’t have a Switch? No worries -- iam8bit has your back, with a boxed PS4 20th Anniversary Edition for $30, and also a soundtrack on vinyl for $40. Go shell out.

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There are also "more announcements coming real soon!" so we’re pretty sure Grim 2 will be announced in the next few hours.

Discord Store goes global, rains free Double Fine titles on you

17 Oct, 2018, 15:21 | Posted by: Remi | Be the first to comment!

Look, I don't know what this whole Discord thing really is -- we use it for podcast recording (two more have been recorded -- start bugging Zaarin to finish editing them) -- but apparently they've built a store. Because we need another one? Either way, Psychonauts and Brütal Legend are available for free with "Nitro" (I don't even know), so go grab them if that's your thing. Discord, that is. Double Fine obviously already is.

Broken Age Switch Gets A Limited Run Physical Release

09 Oct, 2018, 05:00 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!

Limited Run Games announced on Twitter that a physical Broken Age release will be available for pre-order on the 12th of October, and will only be available for two weeks. The Limited Run Switch release of Broken Age joins its PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita brethren, as the latter had physical versions released by Limited Run Games back in 2017.

Switch cartridge production takes a while and once the cartridges are finished, they need to be shipped from Japan to the United States, where Limited Run Games will pack the cartridge in a standard Switch case. The cool thing about these Limited Run Switch releases is that each game comes with a complete byte-sized manual, which is a really rare thing nowadays.

Because of the long production time, it's likely that the Limited Run physical release of Broken Age for Switch won't ship until January.

Grim Fandango live-streamed by...Conan O'Brien?

03 Oct, 2018, 22:10 | Posted by: Jason | Be the first to comment!

Late night host Conan O'Brien maintains a pretty active online presence, and one of the things his digital wing sometimes does is post video game live streams to the Conan Youtube channel. These streams are hosted by the Conan team's resident gamer Aaron Bleyaert.

Well, it looks like the latest one of these deals was for Grim Fandango. The stream just ended, but it is available on Youtube for posterity. I kinda skimmed through it, and it looks like Aaron liked the game, without getting very far. Check it out below:

Grim and Broken Age Switched; Poker Night 2 gone the way of Kevin Bruner; Tim on video

14 Sep, 2018, 14:51 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 5

First, Grim Fandango and Broken Age are out on the Switch, so go grab them if you can’t get enough Tim and/or beauty in your life. The latter (and I assume the former) is available for $14.99.

Poker Night 2, meanwhile, is not available anymore. In an unusually un-cheerful message, Telltale states: "Poker Night 2 has been withdrawn from sale on digital platforms due to the expiration of our digital distribution agreement. We currently do not have any plans to renew this agreement." You can still download the game if you already own it.

(I have no clue which license expired, but I like to pretend it’s Sam & Max.)

Finally, for more Tim, check out (in the sage words of AlfredJ, our exclusive source) "this Reddit biography video thing." I haven’t watched it, but apparently there is a shot of Curse of Monkey Island forty-four seconds in, so consider that official word of Double Fine’s next re-master. Watch.

Update! OK, so Grim isn't technically out yet, but it will be. Someday.

Polygon covers the Double Fine summer camp so we don’t have to

07 Sep, 2018, 18:02 | Posted by: Remi | Source: Polygon | Comments: 3

So here’s a story that literally opens with the name "James Spafford," our benevolent founder who embarrassingly forgets to mention Mojo in it. We aren’t bitter, though, and will gladly link to Polygon’s write-up on the Double Fine summer camp, where the $10,000-Psychonauts 2-backers, company employees, and Double Fine forum moderators rubbed shoulders for three days. We can only assume our invitation got lost in the mail, although one of our infrequent collaborators did attend as a member of the latter group.

(Wait, am I coming across as bitter?)

Every Double Fine and Psychonauts fan should run over and read the story right now, because why the hell not?

Grim Fandango LIVE in just a few hours!

12 Jun, 2018, 21:34 | Posted by: ThunderPeel2001 | Source: DoubleFine | Comments: 2
As part of the E3 Expo that's currently happening, Double Fine are producing a special 20th Anniversary event where Grim Fandango's original voice cast are reuniting to perform scenes from the game, alongside live music being performed by Peter McConnell and Clint Bajakian! Tim Schafer and Jack Black will also be making special appearances, too.

You can watch the event live at 6pm PST (2am London - boo) here: https://www.facebook.com/E3Expo/

DoubleFine have also released more details of upcoming "Presents" projects, like the cool looking Knights and Bikes, and the fun looking Ooblets, and the bonkers lookings KIDS. Not to mention gameplay updates and an XBox One release for Gang Beasts.

They probably released some stuff about Psychonauts 2, as well, but I can't find that.

“I haven't made my best game yet," says Tim

01 Jun, 2018, 11:45 | Posted by: Jason | Source: GamesIndustry.biz | Comments: 2

Nor will he, until he can snag the rights to make Zak McKracken 2. But that is Tim's cross to bear. All you need to worry about is reading the full and rather encompassing interview he gave with GamesIndustry.biz.

Looking back on his portfolio, it's easy to see why he has been added to the ranks of Fellowship winners, alongside Shigeru Miyamoto, Gabe Newell, Peter Molyneux, Nolan Bushnell and more. Although not in name, the Fellowship is viewed by many as a 'lifetime achievement' award - does that mean it's time for Schafer to think about retirement?

"I see it more as a challenge," he laughs, speaking to GamesIndustry.biz at EGX Rezzed. "This sort of award feels like something you get when you're done, but I still feel like I'm working towards figuring out how to make games. Slowly, over time. I don't think I've made my best game yet, and I feel like that's something I want to work towards.

"I don't know what it is yet. I've always wanted to try new things with experimental stuff. I'm trying to structure things at [Double Fine] where I have time to mess about on my own with prototypes. Because most of my days are spent writing Psychonauts 2 or creative directing and helping with someone else's project. But I still like to set aside a little R&D time, just trying new ideas."

We now return to the Leisure Suit Larry coverage for which we are so famous.

Wanna see a 40 minute interview with Tim Schafer?

22 Apr, 2018, 03:47 | Posted by: Jason | Comments: 6

Of course you do. And you're in luck, because that's just what was recorded at something called "EGX Rezzed 2018." I assume that's the name of an expo, though it may also be the model of dirt bike my nephew got for Christmas. For those of us who happened to be washing our hair during Tim's panel, here's a handy Youtube embed of the whole interview:

I haven't watched it myself yet, but reportedly Tim mentions the possibility of further LucasArts remasters, iterating once again that he'd insist on the original creators being involved. Hasn't Brian Moriarty been pretty upfront about wanting revisit Loom? Anyway, Tim evidently talks a bunch about Psychonauts as well, so it's sure to be a worthy listen all the way around.

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