Schafer: Double Fine ‘won’t change following MS acquisition’

Studio also promises to fulfil existing commitments to Psychonauts 2 backers

Tim Schafer has said “nothing” about Double Fine is going to change following the studio’s acquisition by Microsoft.

Microsoft just announced at its E3 briefing that the San Francisco, California-based studio behind Brutal Legend and Broken Age is joining the Xbox family.

In a video discussing the move, Double Fine boss Schafer assured fans the studio will honour backers of its crowdfunded game Psychonauts 2.

“First of all, our existing commitments to backers of Psychonauts 2 or any other agreements we’ve made will be fulfilled, so whatever platform you chose to receive your copy of Psychonauts 2 on, for example, you’ll still get it.

“Going forward, we’ll be focusing on Xbox, Games Pass and PC,” he added. “Does that mean we’re going to change who we are and what kind of games we make? Absolutely not.

“Being independent for almost 20 years has given Double Fine a distinct identity and a unique spirit that goes really deep here and no one can change that. And nobody wants to.

“Microsoft wants us for who we are and the kind of games we’re already making, so nothing about us is going to change at all.”