How we had hoped to see Pat Garratt enjoying a hearty feast of broiled denim and shallow-fried zipper, but it was not to be. The editor of VG247 last year swore to eat his own trousers in the event Minecraft man Markus ‘Notch’ Persson made good on his talk of funding a sequel to Double Fine’s Psychonauts. Alas, Persson has recently confessed that such a thing is not currently possible/desirable, as Double Fine’s estimated $18 million budget for the game was beyond even his mighty means (or, at least, what he considered to be a lucrative investment of his mighty means).
Network Network spotted a Reddit thread in which Notch fessed up to the sad news (about not being able to fund Psychonauts, not about the trousers thing):
“I somewhat naively thought “a couple of million” was two million. I had no doubt in my mind that a Psychonauts 2 would earn that money back easily.
Turns out they wanted 18 million dollars, haha. I don’t have the time at the moment to even try to get educated enough to make an eighteen million dollar deal. Perhaps in some distant future when I’m no longer trying to make games, I could get into angel investing. I’ve made one private investment into a game so far, at 100k, and it’s frankly a lot more work than I thought.”
Hah! I eat 18 million for breakfast. 18 million bacterial microbes, that is, because my toothbrush is probably kept far too close to my toilet.
Oh well. With Double Fine’s star in such ascendancy at the moment, I’m almost sure they could make PS2 happen if they really, really wanted to. They’ve got plenty on their plate already though: let’s see ’em make good on some of 2012’s mega-promises before anything else happens.
Also: I’m so glad I never bet Pat back, or I’d be sitting down to a trouser stew right now.
Note for our post-colonial readers: trousers are ‘pants’ in your perverse lexicon. ‘Pants’ over here means your undercrackers.