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News just coming out of E3, Double Fine Productions founded by Tim Schafer has been acquired by Microsoft. Specifically, they're now part of Xbox Game Studios.

I'm sure most of you know Double Fine Productions, who are responsible for developing games like: Psychonauts, the upcoming Psychonauts 2 (which is supposed to release for Linux), The Cave, Broken Age, Costume Quest, Day of the Tentacle Remastered, Grim Fandango Remastered and plenty more.

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This does mean their future titles are less likely to be released for Linux, but it shouldn't affect Psychonauts 2 which was crowdfunded on Fig and advertised a Linux version back then. If we hear anything concerning Psychonauts 2, we will let you know as we've emailed them today to find out. Updated: They've confirmed on Twitter, that Psychonauts 2 is still planned for Linux.

This is on top of Obsidian Entertainment, inXile Entertainment, Ninja theory, Compulsion Games, Undead Labs and more who Microsoft previously acquired. With the recent Stadia reveal from Google, perhaps this is Microsoft's way of fighting back? To keep a ton of games locked to their systems?

For those wanting to see some of Psychonauts 2, here's their brand new trailer from E3:

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It also has a Steam store page up you can wishlist/follow it on.

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WorMzy 9 June 2019 at 9:04 pm UTC
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Oh well, Microsoft loves Linux right, so presumably all Double Fine releases will now have day one Linux support. \o/
DrMcCoy 9 June 2019 at 9:05 pm UTC
QuoteThis does mean their future titles are less likely to be released for Linux

They even specifically mention that in the video (with different audio quality too, so it seems that was edited in later):

Tim SchaferGoing forward, we will be focusing on Xbox Game Pass and PC
Dedale 9 June 2019 at 9:10 pm UTC
Awwww ! Even if had not been M$ i do not like this concentration of small inventive studios in big corporate entities.
liamdawe 9 June 2019 at 9:13 pm UTC
https://twitter.com/DoubleFine/status/1137829847131013120

Psychonauts 2 still confirmed for Linux.
PlayX 9 June 2019 at 9:21 pm UTC
liamdawehttps://twitter.com/DoubleFine/status/1137829847131013120

Psychonauts 2 still confirmed for Linux.

Remember "We Happy Few"


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jordicoma 9 June 2019 at 9:22 pm UTC
I still don't trust Microsoft.
Will be future games to linux?
Double Fine is/was one of my favorite game developers...
It ruined my day that news...
liamdawe 9 June 2019 at 9:23 pm UTC
PlayX
liamdawehttps://twitter.com/DoubleFine/status/1137829847131013120

Psychonauts 2 still confirmed for Linux.

Remember "We Happy Few"
Which last I heard was still coming, they gave it to an external studio to give it proper attention.
DrMcCoy 9 June 2019 at 9:26 pm UTC
liamdaweWhich last I heard was still coming, they gave it to an external studio to give it proper attention.

And that worked quite well for Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, right?
Avehicle7887 9 June 2019 at 9:54 pm UTC
The thing with these indies joining large companies is always the same in their videos "We're pleased and happy to be taking this step, we'll retain our creative bla bla bla and so forth". But the truth is another, they're lying to their fans and customers right to their face.

The reason why inXile is making a native port of Bard's Tale 4 is because it was part of the crowdfunding campaign. Psychonauts 2 was also crowdfunded which is most likely the reason why a Linux version is still happening (hopefully).

These companies may retain their creativity freedom but on which platform is released is the publisher's choice and Microsoft doesn't care about the 5% (Included Mac users too) of non Windows users. When it comes to Linux they only care in the server and cloud space because that's where it suits them, not the desktop.


Last edited by Avehicle7887 at 9 June 2019 at 9:56 pm UTC
Jahimself 9 June 2019 at 9:57 pm UTC
Well bye bye Tim Schaffer, your games were great. You supported linux, but joining the most evil forces of the universe for the futur of mankind, is a no go for me. If I was abble to get all my games from your studio refunded, I would do it right away. Good luck in your trip into hell.
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