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Psychonauts 2 takes place mere hours after the first game

Tim Schafer goes in-depth on what it's all about

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The story of Psychonauts 2 begins not too long after the original game, Double Fine head Tim Schafer revealed in his recent Ask Me Anything thread before getting into the meat of the plot.

Not only will the game again star Raz, who's just "a few hours older" than last time, Schafer said, but the Psychonauts star will embark upon an adventure both he and Schafer have long dreamed of.

As previously mentioned, Raz will finally enter the Psychonauts Headquarters, regrouping with spies Sasha and Milla. "But," Schafer wrote, "he finds several things strange about the organization.

"While Truman Zanotto was missing, several changes to the direction of the organization were made by his second in command. Funding was cut from traditional psychic research and peacekeeping, and redirected to unorthodox, fringe endeavors, including the discredited practice of necromancy."

This inevitably leads to the discovery of trouble afoot — Schafer mentions "double agents and evils of the past." The latter category includes Raz delving into his own personal history, and he'll have to deal with his family's curse to restore order.

That's a lot to deal with, but Schafer threw out one more obstacle for Raz: a girlfriend.

Although hints about the basic premise of the game have been given since its December reveal, this is the first time Schafer has gone in-depth about what the sequel to the fan favorite will really entail. The game's Fig campaign page teases that there will be new and old powers in the hero's possession, as well as new minds to explore.

In-between Psychonauts and its sequel, however, is PlayStation VR title Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin. The game was officially announced during PlayStation Experience 2015. While it takes place directly after the first and before the second, Rhombus of Ruin functions as a standalone title.

Just recently, Double Fine reached its funding goal for the project through Fig, which offers funders the chance to become investors. A fall 2018 launch is targeted for the future PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One game.

Watch the debut teaser trailer, which premiered during The Game Awards 2015, below.

You can listen to this story — and many more — in the episode of Minimap, Polygon's daily news podcast, below.

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