We don’t usually allow RPS headlines to run onto a second line, but this is a very special case indeed. During idle Twitter discussions about the whys and wherefores of a possible Mojang-funded Psychonauts sequel, I heard that the first game had cost $15 million to develop and that Tim Schafer was estimating a $20m cost for a sequel.
Clearly, these eyewatering figures cast some doubt on Mojang being able to successfully (or at least wholly) fund the game. So much so that VG247 editor, friend of RPS and entertainingly relentless cynic Pat Garratt has pledged to me – and now to the public – that he will eat his own trousers, on camera, in the event that a Mojang-funded Psychonauts 2 comes to pass.
Oh, that’s ‘pants’ if you’re an American, ‘pantalones’ if you’re a Spanish-speaker, ‘pantalon’ for the French and, perhaps most pertinently, ‘byxor’ for Swedes such as the Mojang folk. Clearly, this needs to happen. We need to keep up the pressure on Notch, and perhaps we even need to help Mojang and Double Fine raise more capital.
Do whatever it takes – buy 1000 copies of Minecraft each, post gold to Mojang HQ, volunteer to make Double Fine a 3D engine for free. Anything. Anything: just so long as we get to watch a man eat his own trousers.
Alternatively, Double Fine just need to make a cheapy 2D game with the same sensibilities of character and humour as Psychonauts, and we’re all laughing. Except Pat. He won’t be laughing. Because his mouth will be filled with denim. Or polyester. Or linen. Or whatever type of trouser the man prefers.
In return, I have promised Pat that I will crowdsource funds to buy him a new pair of trousers once he’s completed his challenging meal. It’s the least I can do, really.