Double Fine Productions announced their upcoming VR game known as Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin. The new game is bound to appear on February 21, being available for PlayStation VR. Based on the data provided by developers in a press release, gamers will be able to play the role of Raz. Raz is a young psychic, a member of the Psychonauts. Psychonauts is an elite team of international psychic secret agents. Players will be able to use Raz’s psychic power to solve quests and damage the world.
Raz together with his friends, Coach Oleander, Milla, Sasha, and Lili, is bound to save Truman Zanotto, the Grand Head of the Psychonauts. To complete the mission they will need to get to the Rhombus of Ruin, an area connected with the Bermuda Triangle. The plot will use the VR technology as gamers will make use of Raz’s psychic powers to achieve their goal.
At Raz’s disposal, there will be skills like pyrokinesis, telekinesis, and clairvoyance. Back in 2005, the original game was launched, being available for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. In 2006, the PC version of the game was released. By the end of 2005, producers sold only 100,000 copies even if the match was applauded by the public and critics.
The game registered a magnificent success along the years. Nevertheless, in 2012, total sales were estimated at only 400,000 copies. By the end of 2015, Double Fine Productions experienced a spectacular turnaround, their game being sold in more than 1.7 million copies. In 2015, at The 2015 Game Awards, developers received the news about the massive sales after announcing Psychonauts 2.
Double Fine decided to establish a raise-funding campaign shortly after they revealed the development of the new game. The campaign gathered more than $3.8 million in investments, approximately $500,000 more that their established purpose. The contributions received account for half of the developmental costs of the new game. The other half will be covered by Double Fine Productions and their partner.
The updates and new events in the Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin will represent the transition between Psychonauts and Psychonauts 2. Until the new game is released, those who own a PlayStation VR can revisit the world of Psychonauts presented in the previous versions of the game.
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