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InkDagger Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Dec 29th 2017 at 2:00:26 PM

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I mean, you could say the exact same about any movie or book that has some similar Sequel Gap where the details don't quite add up.

Maybe they did realize they said 'We know who it is' at the end, but never intended to make a game out of it and, being put in a position to write a spin off using that as the jumping off point, writing with a mystery antagonist instead is simply more interesting? That's perfectly logical and rational.

Psychonauts is hardly the first to contradict their sequel hook in the subsequent sequel and it won't be the last. Its a reality of evolving ideas and especially if you never intend to actually follow up on said sequel hook when you wrote it.

unexplainedEnemy from hell pit Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Dec 6th 2018 at 8:26:34 PM

WE HAVE TRAILER!

Oh, I'm so excited. There's so much stuff to unpack here, and I'm loving how the levels look.

they're gonna find intelligent life up there on the moon/and the canterbury tales will shoot up to the top of the best-seller list
GamerSlyRatchet Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
Dec 6th 2018 at 9:46:08 PM

I really like the plastic-ish texture of the characters. It translated to current-gen better than I expected.

I can't wait to explore the new hub.

NaraNumas Pun Dragon
Pun Dragon
Dec 6th 2018 at 9:50:55 PM

Looks like they stylized the game a bit better, I remember the screenshot of Raz on the Characters page from the concept art they showed of 2 had some issues with the Uncanny Valley.

LordVatek Not really a lord of anything
Not really a lord of anything
Dec 6th 2018 at 9:52:22 PM

I'm surprised how much it looks like the first game.

That's a good thing, the first one's aesthetic was A+.

This song needs more love.
Unsung have yourself a Metroid little Christmas from a tenement of clay
have yourself a Metroid little Christmas
Dec 6th 2018 at 10:47:06 PM

All very stop-motiony. Awesome.

Xeroop The Forum Ghost from Twilight Harbour, The Shadowless Empire Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
The Forum Ghost
Dec 7th 2018 at 1:55:20 AM

Oh shit, I didn't know we had a thread for the sequel!

But yeah, that trailer looks great. They've spent the time since the announcement trailer to polish the look of the characters so that they're not in the Uncanny Valley any more, and the level concepts look great. It looks like they're really utilizing the improved tech to their advantage here.

I'm predicting that the Casino Park level seen in the trailer takes place in the mind of someone with serious gambling addiction. I'm glad to see some of the characters (especially Raz's family and Loboto) making a comeback as well. I wonder how messed up a level taking place inside his mind would be?

Edited by Xeroop on Dec 7th 2018 at 11:55:42 AM

See No Evil, Listen No Evil, Say Some Mean Things
Dec 7th 2018 at 9:27:12 AM

There was also a VR game set between Psychonauts 1 and 2 and I'm wondering if playing that is going to be required to understand what's happening in this.

GamerSlyRatchet Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
Dec 7th 2018 at 5:36:55 PM

[up][up] If you're talking about Loboto, Rhombus of Ruin's final segment has you inside Loboto's mind. I think you even get a boss battle against him.

[up] I can see them doing a small recap, but honestly, not much happened beyond revealing that the one who kidnapped Lily's dad was Loboto, under someone else's owners, and Raz and co. rescuing him and heading to HQ with a hidden Loboto boarding the plane.

InkDagger Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Dec 7th 2018 at 6:18:10 PM

[up][up] The guy on the table in the trailer I THINK is Lili's dad. So presumably the VR game is still canon and will be acknowledged in Psychonauts 2. I would assume, since VR is still taking off and I don't think many actually played it, that we'll get a recap of that chapter if not maybe play a condensed version as a tutorial level?

Xeroop The Forum Ghost from Twilight Harbour, The Shadowless Empire Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
The Forum Ghost
Dec 8th 2018 at 12:19:41 AM

Huh. I've never checked Rhombus of Ruin out, but after looking at a playthrough all I can say is getting your child lobotomized because of their nascent psychic abilities is dark even for Psychonauts, something not helped by the eerily animated puppets.

So I guess that's not going to be something revisited in the sequel.

See No Evil, Listen No Evil, Say Some Mean Things

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