The story so far on the possibility of Psychonauts 2 is a bit of a mess, so bear with us as we go through the details-
1) Digital Spy ran a brief story about Tim Schafer pitching Psychonauts 2 to publishers and getting rejected every time. This was on Friday.
2) Rock,Paper, Shotgun ran a story on the story, today.
3) Rock, Paper, Shotgun tweets every story they put up, and notch reads these due to being a huge Twitter user. His response, after a bit of thought, was a tweet to Tim Schafer saying “Let’s make Psychonauts 2 happen.“
4) Tim Schafer’s response as it stands- “This is interesting.“
Notch has, by internet estimates, roughly 11 billionty dollars at his disposal from all that Minecraft money. Psychonauts was a failure when it was released, but has maintained its exposure over the years and is now a regularly featured item on Steam and Good Old Games sales. It may have taken seven years, but Psychonauts can finally be considered a success rather than a critical darling meeting market failure. I like to think that someone was bound to step up and fund Psychonauts 2 at some point, and if this works out it appears (from the outside, at least) to be a perfect meeting of publisher and developer.
More details when and as they become available.
According to notch’s Twitter, “Nothing has been decided either way, but he asked me if I’m going to GDC. I assume he’s going to rob my apartment when I’m gone.” and “Anyway, please don’t get your hopes too high yet. Everything is extremely vague!” So, work in progress, stay tuned, etc. But it’s very clearly not a No, so there’s hope!