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 Psychonauts  Publishing Rights Revert To Creator Double Fine
Psychonauts Publishing Rights Revert To Creator Double Fine
June 14, 2011 | By Frank Cifaldi

June 14, 2011 | By Frank Cifaldi
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Double Fine Productions now owns the publishing rights to its cult hit 2005 action-adventure game Psychonauts, and will directly benefit from all future sales.

That is according to senior gameplay programmer Anna Kipnis, who Tweeted the news on Tuesday afternoon.

According to separate Tweets from Kipnis, the publishing rights for the game "reverted" to Double Fine, and she suggested that its contract with previous publisher Majesco has expired.

Note that the only change here is Double Fine's ability to publish the original game: the actual IP rights to the Psychonauts franchise belonged to the company from the beginning, and it is free to create additional games in the series.

In the near future, all digital sales of Psychonauts -- including those on Steam and the Xbox Live Marketplace -- will directly benefit Double Fine, according to Kipnis.

[Update: Double Fine head Tim Schafer has clarified this new arrangement to Gamasutra, saying that while rights have reverted, the company is not yet going to receive all the money for the game. Kipnis' Twitter post was the result of "an excited team member jumping the gun a little bit." Schafer told us this in an email:

"It's true the publishing rights have reverted to Double Fine, but there are some more deals that need to be worked out and contracts that need signing before that actually means anything, financially. After that's all squared away, we will have some fun stuff to announce! (And no, it's not Psychonauts 2.)"]

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George Blott
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Psychonauts HD remake anyone?

Daniel Ramos
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Personally Id prefer an HD sequal than a remake... But thats just me. In any case, Im so with you for more Psychonaughts.

Chris Melby
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Well, it's not a remake, but the PC version is tEh HD. The game runs without a hitch at 2560 x 1600.

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Please. For the love of all that is holy and good in the universe, please make a sequel, remake, or both.

It will really be interesting to see what happens.

Daniel Mackie
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Off topic.

Sir do you have a website for your company i cant find any of your work or ongoing projects anywhere.



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No. Because we literally program in a garage.

Didn't know I have to answer to you or provide proof of what I'm doing.

Dorica Prostel
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Maybe they'll put it on Wii... because i don't see what else they could do with it that would be worth not just making a sequel...

sean lindskog
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Psychonauts was amazing.

As far as I understand, it didn't sell that well.

So many gamers complain about sequel-itis and lack of originality, but then don't support these great and original games when they do come out. If we did, we'd get more of them. But we don't, so we won't.

If you own games like "Call of Warfare 4", "Annual Sports Game Release 2012", "Bad-ass Mafia Dude with a Gun", and "Hot Scantily Clad Elf RPG 17", but do not own Psychonauts, do not ever complain about lack of new original games.

Dorica Prostel
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While i'm sure it seems that a lot of gamers complain about it online, the truth is that they're a minority in the over-all game buying audience... harcore or casual.