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Whispering Rock gets an overhaul in Psychonauts 2 art test

09 Oct, 2016, 02:36 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Youtube | Comments: 3

While Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp will not be a playable environment in Psychonauts 2, the team has recreated Raz's old stomping grounds in the new engine as a sort of sandbox for prototyping the sequel's gameplay and upgraded graphics. Check out the newly released video of Tim and project lead Zak McClendon playing this demo that we never shall.

Psychonauts 2 getting funded, nine months after getting funded

01 Oct, 2016, 19:11 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Polygon | Be the first to comment!

"That's as good as money, sir. They're IOUs."

Back in May, it was reported that Psychonauts 2 had not actually yet collected the entirety of the $3.8 million it had raised in its massively successful Fig campaign.

This is because nearly half of that funding came in the form of investment money, a pledge option which Fig offers to backers as an alternative to the Kickstarter-like option of simply donating money in exchange for rewards. It's kind of Fig's whole premise. The problem is that allowing such investment, which can come from just about anybody, constitutes a bit of a legal thicket, and while it was being sorted out the significant money contributed by investment backers was actually just a reservation to pledge, meaning Double Fine didn't actually get the money.

Happily, it's all been sorted out on the legal end with Fig being granted SEC approval for non-accredited investors. Now Double Fine has to actually go and collect the money from those backers, who are hopefully just as eager to complete the transaction now as they were back in January.

In the meantime, production of the game itself seems to have been going smoothly. At least Remi did nothing to prevent that.

Day of the Devs 2016

26 Sep, 2016, 18:22 | Posted by: Jennifer | Comments: 2
It appears that the Day of the Devs lounge that was at the GDC in March isn't the only Day of the Devs event that's being held this year. Double Fine's fourth annual Day of the Devs event is going to be available to the general public soon.

It is a day that is full of gaming fun, from Double Fine and other developers. Plus this year, they are accepting game submissions from the public. The game selection will be locked down in the next few weeks, so if you want to take part, head over to the website now and fill out the form linked at the bottom of the page.

The event takes place this November 5th at The Midway in San Francisco, and, as always, admission is free.

Day of the Tentacle Linux Port Retrospective

02 Aug, 2016, 14:32 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!
Josh "Cheeseness" Bush, the man behind the recent port of Double Fine's Day of the Tentacle Remastered to Linux, has posted an excellent retrospective on his experience in porting the game. He has also shared the sourcecode of the Coming Soon app that was live on Steam before the Linux port was released.

Be sure to check it out, if you're a fan of Day of the Tentacle (who here isn't?), as it's quite an informative and interesting read.

Tim and Dave questioned by other LEC alums in new audio interview

13 Jul, 2016, 19:43 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Dev Game Club | Be the first to comment!

It's a terrific listen courtesy of the Dev Game Club podcast. Day of the Tentacle is the primary subject, but a broader discussion about adventure games emerges.

What makes the interview particularly worthwhile is that the hosts are Brett Douville and Tim Longo, who worked at LucasArts around the turn of the century, when a developer's assignment was pretty much guaranteed to be a Star Wars title. It's interesting to hear the different perspectives from the four alumni who were involved in different eras and concentrations of the studio. More crucially, Jake gets namechecked.

Watch Tim's keynote at Reboot Develop 2016

12 Jul, 2016, 13:05 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Youtube | Be the first to comment!

Reboot Develop being a game developer conference in Europe. Tim seems to have done an interview on stage for about forty-five minutes, and we noticed the resultant Youtube video a record six days after it was published. Best not to get used to such breathless velocity from us.

Anyway, here's Tim, recorded in rather dubious audio quality. But who the hell am I to judge?

E3 2016: Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin previewed

18 Jun, 2016, 18:23 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Gamespot | Comments: 4

Double Fine has been showing off their PS4-exclusive, virtual reality Psychonauts "bridge game" at E3, so a number of previews have been springing up. Let's look at the one on Gamespot, which includes screenshots and a video clip of what appears to be the first five minutes of gameplay. Accompanying the media is an interview with Tim and project leader Chad Dawson.

I think it's really interesting you guys are developing Psychonauts 2 and Rhombus of Ruin simultaneously. I was curious about the extent to which those two have influenced each other, and how you're working on making them fit together, given that Rhombus of Ruin bridges the gap between the first and second full games.

Schafer: The main thing is that I've had a storyline for the whole experience in my head for ten years. Before Psychonauts had finished, I had this whole idea for what would happen in Psychonauts as Raz is delving into his past, his family, and the curse, and all these things. So in my head, it's one long, continuous story, and I'm working on both projects so I am able to make sure they all flow well together. But within that story structure, the Rhombus team can do things that make sense for VR and have it be really different in that way but still plug in the story beats.

Dawson: From a tech and visual development point of view, it's also been very useful for us. Rhombus of Ruin is coming out before Psychonauts 2, so obviously it accelerates our development to try to get that out. Seeing what the characters look like brought up to a modern engine with modern rendering, physically-based lighting, and subsurface scattering on their faces. Psychonauts 1 came out in, what was it? 2005? So obviously tech has improved a lot since then. We're using Unreal 4 Engine now as a studio, for both projects. With this game, we're pushing our character look development. That's been a great push for both projects, with our animation team and character team. Tech-wise getting us up and running. This is our first Unreal 4 project.

Read the rest of the interview here. And may I just say, the game looks great. I love how it opens up right where Psychonauts left off. Shame I don't have a console. But some of you look to be in for a treat.

Lots of Psychonauts 2 money temporarily stuck in legal limbo

25 May, 2016, 22:47 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Polygon | Comments: 1

You'll recall that the Fig campaign for Psychonauts 2 was an immense success, raising $3.8 million to produce the long-awaited sequel, currently due out in 2018. However, according to Polygon, Double Fine is unable to actually collect about $1.8 of that dough, for the moment.

You might be aware that the main thing distinguishing Fig from Kickstarter - and indeed its primary mission statement - is that it offers the option for backers to invest invest in the project (which means potential, eventual profit participation) along with the usual donation choice, which often gets you fun rewards.

However, allowing investments from unaccredited investors (like you or me) requires a review process with the SEC, a process Fig obviously intended to get through by now. The Psychonauts 2 campaign was the first of its kind in offering an investment opportunity from pretty much anybody, and I suppose when you're the vanguard you get to be the first to learn certain painful lessons like these delays.

Per the article, Fig is hopeful to have the matter resolved soon, though technically there's no guarantee that every backer who's been waiting these months for their money to get collected will hold to their commitment until the gates finally open. It'll likely all end the way everyone wants, but it will still have been another interesting challenge faced by Double Fine, a studio continuing to tighten its commitment to the constantly expanding landscape of game crowdsourcing, a landscape they played a pretty direct part in paving.

Jory Prum passes away at 41

25 Apr, 2016, 21:39 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Designing Sound | Comments: 1

We have awful news to share today as audio veteran Jory Prum has passed away. Since 1999, Jory has been credited on innumerable titles published by LucasArts, Telltale, and Double Fine in a broad scope of sound design, recording, and engineering capacities.

Those of you who follow Jory's colleagues on Twitter may know that he was involved in a bad motorcycle accident last month from which he sadly did not recover. You can read the statement from his parents as well as heartfelt remembrances from some of his colleagues - including Julian Kwasneski - here. It appears to be one of many articles published in tribute of Jory today.

While we may not have known him personally, any reader of this site will be familiar with games to which Jory Prum made a vital contribution. It's hard to imagine titles where sound design could be less trivial than the sort he worked on while wearing any number of hats. The reason we celebrate the best of these games as timeless is because good stories endure, and Jory's work - far from merely a technical supplement - serviced those stories. Our condolences to his friends and family.

Double Fine Will Be at Pax East This Weekend

19 Apr, 2016, 17:15 | Posted by: Jennifer | Comments: 1
Double Fine is coming to PAX East in Boston this weekend. They'll be at booth #6123 showing off Day of the Tentacle Remastered and Headlander. They'll also have three Double Fine Presents titles, Gnog, Gang Beasts, and Everything. A new title will be shown at the show as well.

They'll also be selling merchandise at the show, including the Raz and Two Headed Baby Pinny Arcade pins, and a new special edition game bundle box. The bundle contains 10 games, with 10 game cards drawn Jon Magram and Melissa King. The game cards can be seen below (click to see them in a larger size).

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I'll also be volunteering at the Double Fine booth at PAX East this weekend, so if you're at the show, come by and say hello. :)

We review "Day of the Tentacle Remastered" totally on time!

22 Mar, 2016, 02:23 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 19

Well, tie me down and call me Betty—our Day of the Tentacle Remastered review was published in a timely manner, much thanks to Zaarin who buckled down and took one for the team. Yes, we’ve reached the point where playing a game ”on the clock” is considered something of a chore, which means we’re old and grumpy.

Anyway!

Not surprisingly Zaarin gives the game some love, and… Just read the damn thing. We bled to get this thing out on time.

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