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Creator of SimCity avoided the cancellation of Psychonauts

Will Wright financially supported Double Fine

The history of video games includes all kinds of stories, some with success and transcendence and others with difficulties, failures, and cancellations. Currently, many players have a very positive opinion about Psychonauts, an adventure game created by the legendary Tim Schafer, however, the story could be different and the game was close to being canceled due to financial problems, which were solved by another legendary creative.

During an interview for Kotaku , Tim Schafer -creative whose work history includes classics such as The Secret of Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion 2: Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, and Grim Fandango - revealed that at some point in his development, Psychonauts was point of being canceled and assured that if today the game exists it is thanks to the intervention of Will Wright, creator of SimCity . According to Schafer, after founding Double Fine in 2000 and after starting with the development of Psychonauts, the study faced important financial problems that put at risk not only the continuity of the development of the game but also the work of a team of 30 people.

The creative revealed that the situation worsened and desperation made her look for some form of financing or sponsorship, since finding a company that distributed Psychonauts had become very complicated. It was then that he decided to ask for money from Will Wright, creator of SimCity, The Sims, and co-founder of Maxis, who in those years had finalized the sale of the company to Electronic Arts. As soon as he contacted Wright, Schafer explained the situation and offered him 10% of the Double Fine study in exchange for his financial support; the creative consulted with his lawyers and notified Schafer that for legal reasons he could not have shares in other companies or studios.

However, although Schafer expected the worst news, this was not so Wright told him: "I'll give you the money." Thanks to this support, the Double Fine team was able to finalize the development of Psychonauts and Schafer mentioned that as soon as they found a company that distributed the game, Majesco, they were able to pay the amount that Wright had lent them.



The rest is history and currently Double Fine is working on the development of Psychonauts 2, a sequel that could debut in 2019.

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