Gentlethings, prepare to perform your happy dance. Unexpectedly and suddenly, Psychonauts-makers Double Fine have ended their silly sabbatical from PC games, and announced that they'll be releasing their Halloween-themed RPG Costume Quest on Steam. When? Why, it's there right now.
Happy, happy days. And hopefully CQ is but the first of many of the Tim Schafer-headed studio's titles due to return to the motherland. In fact, they imply as much below.
I know posting press releases is A Bad Thing, but you'll like this one. So I'm going to shamelessly paste most of it in.
“I’m still mad!” cried that one guy who always posts on our forums, “I mean, what took them so long?”
“We have always said that if it were up to us, we’d release our games for the PC,” Schafer stated in a calm but inspiring tone. “Well, now… it’s finally up to us!” he said, holding his sword in the air while everybody cheered.
“Thanks to Dracogen Strategic Investments,” said a quiet, falsetto voice that no one could figure out where it was coming from. “Steve Dengler is so likeable and handsome, eh?” said the voice again, but this time we were starting to have suspicions about who said it, even if his lips weren’t moving much.
Costume Quest is a Role-Playing Game set on Halloween night. You play as Trick or Treaters on an urgent mission. Monsters have invaded your town, kidnapped your twin, and worst of all, they are stealing all the candy! The player builds a party, collects candy, takes on side quests, and crafts new costumes along the way. These special costumes transform them into giant fantasy warriors so they may fight a variety of monsters in exciting turn-based combat to save Halloween. It’s effing awesome.
Grubbins on Ice follows the further adventures of our young heroes as they plunge through a mystical portal into the dimension of Repugia, the very home of monster kind! New quests, new locations, new costumes, and a couple of sweet yeti jokes abound. So does a giant eyeball.
“Well, I’m a tiny bit less mad,” said the guy from the forums, “But they’d better keep making PC versions.”
“We’re working on it, eh?” said a tiny voice.
This 'Dracogen Strategic Investments' mentioned is the cause of the PC version - Schafer having said a while back that if they could raise enough money to make PC games they would. Sounds like someone offered to lend a hand:
"Dracogen Strategic Investments is the creation of Steven Dengler— father, gamer, entrepreneur, pilot, co-founder of XE.com Inc., and all-round geek. Dracogen is committed to making awesome things happen whenever it can. Besides backing some pretty amazing tech companies, it also supports fun creative projects and has a particular affinity for Child’s Play Charity."
So I guess we have Mr Dengler to thank for this. Thanks, Mr Dengler. Thengler.
Here's a trailer from the filthy console version of Costume Quest last year:
Costume Quest, including the Grubbins on Ice DLC as part and parcel, is availble on Steam now for £11.99/$14.99. I am totally going to play it, yes sir.