GC '07: New Tim Schafer game due for '08

Outspoken Double Fine executive tight-lipped on his new game project, but sets a release date and declares war on mediocrity.

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LEIPZIG, Germany--Double Fine Games' CEO and president, Tim Schafer, has worked on projects including the critically acclaimed Psychonauts, Full Throttle, and The Secret of Monkey Island. He usually has something to say about everything.

So today, at his keynote presentation at GCDC, Schafer disappointed the crowd--some of whom were clearly expecting some big news about the top-secret title he is currently working on--by not mentioning his latest project at all, except to say he would not be mentioning it. He said, "There were some rumours that I would be announcing the new game from Double Fine here at Leipzig, but this was a lot of erroneous information that was passed around, so I will not be doing that here. I'm not allowed to talk about the game yet."

Scafer shows delegates the road to hell.

However, in typical Schafer style, the Double Fine president then did reveal one new snippet of information: the time frame for the title, which he said would be coming sometime in 2008. He said, "I don't want to use this forum to plug my excellent, awesome new game, which is coming out next year." Details of the game's existence emerged back in September 2006, when a Securities and Exchange Commission filing from Vivendi Games let slip that the company would be publishing the next Double Fine game.

Schafer talked about topics including the difficulties of overcoming writer's block, having to let go of ideas that don't work, and dealing with criticism from others. He said, "With the current game, I had all this writing to do, and I kept putting it off and suddenly I came up with the name for the main character...And in the next few days I wrote about half the dialogue for the game."

He talked of inspiration as the "golden goose" that writers had to follow, feed, and hope would lay golden eggs for them. He said, "You can't lead the goose around, you have to follow it wherever it goes...And that comes up sometimes in games, when you've done a certain kind of game in the past, people want you to do that same game--they want you to just do that one again, do a sequel for that game. I think if your brain's telling you you've got to get on a new idea, you have to do that, even if you feel a lot of pressure to do the thing you did before."

The executive also drew the battle lines between "us" and "them." He said, "We are at war, and the enemies are...the publishers. No, they're not. It's not that easy. The enemies are mediocrity, laziness, and fear, and they exist in all of us."

Discussion

60 comments
StarFry
StarFry

I sadly didn't had the time and later on couldn't find a copy of Psychonauts which is sad cause I loved the demo of it. So I'm definately going to get this game/

neojam
neojam

I'll buy probably ANYTHING if its the work of Tim Schafer!

S2333
S2333

I want to know about his game so much.

Matr0x
Matr0x

Schafer - The Legend Can't wait this game, and 2008 is so far away :(

mcderek3000
mcderek3000

I would definitely buy the game the first chance that I get.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Sweet! If it's by Schafer, it's gonna be good. Hopefully. :D

mwa
mwa

he doesn't like sequels? that means no more grim fandango?

pandaramaster
pandaramaster

I love Tim Schafer's work. I can't believe they never mentioned his supreme masterpiece, Grim Fandango. Oh well, getting back to the topic. I wonder what the game is going to be about. If it turns out to like the surprise that Psychonauts was, it's going to be a blessing:). I just hope his games sell well and get what they deserve. However, I respect him and his team because they carry on regardless and not bow down to commercialism. They stay true to their original ideas. Something that is extremely hard to do in this day and age.

Sandlynx9
Sandlynx9

Ahhhh I can't wait to hear more about the game :)

user5689
user5689

Yay for Schafer-y goodness!

illinoissooner
illinoissooner

Great comment below, "Another Psychonauts would be sweet, that game was so original." Love the irony... :) I am hoping for another completely original game. Mr. Schafer has a great track record with awesome games.

BadSushi
BadSushi

I wonder what it will be... he said a new character so it probably won't be Psychonauts 2

ChargEd
ChargEd

Grim Fandango and Psychonauts were some really great games. Hopefully this new game will live up to the expectations. And I'm pretty sure it will.

PhilipJFry2006
PhilipJFry2006

That's great, Psychonauts was a innovative game with an awesome atmosphere, but the sales weren't so good. People just don't appreciate new, original concepts. I'm sure the next Double Fine game will be great.

ketsuatama
ketsuatama

Hope he doesn't end up a goose when the game comes up for scrutiny by those who count ......... us!

CodingGenius
CodingGenius moderator

I can't wait. I wasn't jazzed about Psychonauts when it came out, but then I played it and now I'm a convert...

lachdaman
lachdaman

holy crap, holy crap, holy crap!!!!!!! the first time Ive been excited about anything to do with games for ages.

Zharak
Zharak

His games are funny. His speeches are not. Ironic isn't it?

efrench9
efrench9

I just blogged mindlessly about devs and pubs. ironic!

davahsa
davahsa

Hope new game is Jack Black vs. Devil game thats been rumored.....that would be like KG coming out of a space hatch !

mkurts
mkurts

That is very true. EA is the king of mediocrity and crap games, and they happen to be very successful and control the market. Because the market and the so called mainstream gamers like bad games and will support it to the end. No matter how bad, they will swallow it like honey. I just hope his game finds a good niche market and survives - if he goes down, then creativity has just suffered another major blow in the games industry. That would be a tragedy.

Teoballto
Teoballto

I love you Tim. looking forward to your new game

duxup
duxup

It is nice to hear a developer when talking about publishers doesn’t act as if “the man” is always coming down on their oh so talented bums. Whatever solutions will be found it will be when developers and publishers work together and come up with practical solutions to avoiding some of the industry’s current pitfalls.

fmobliv06
fmobliv06

please be for the wii. or the 360. or another system that i have. whatever this game is, i will probably need it.

TheCrazyGamer
TheCrazyGamer

To all those asking for a Grim 2 or a sequel to monkey Island, Tim Schafer doesn't own the rights to those games. He was an employee at Lucasarts at the time, so only Lucasarts can decide to make a sequel if they want to.

Blazer88
Blazer88

He can't bring those back...he doesn't own them.

Titanfan2083
Titanfan2083

theres a guyy named tim schafer working as a janitor at my school. hes like 7 feet tall and smells like death. how does this apply to anything? it doesnt.

sprinter24
sprinter24

Tim Schafer is by far the funniest man in the gaming industry. And he pisses excellence. Now go and buy all his games people!

bghattas
bghattas

Please, everybody: Buy this man's next game. Psychonauts was a great game that deserved better sales.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I look forward to his game. Fight mediocrity!

icarus212001
icarus212001

No more sequals! We need new games! we can't continue to rehash things all the time. I say let Tim make a new game for us to fall in love instead of going back to the past and accidentally ruining a series.

MCastellana
MCastellana

To be honest, I would love to see Tim bring back the classics that put him on the map and reinvent them. Since he doesnt have the constraints of LucasArts anymore, he should go back and bring back to life some of the most amazing games known to man and do it the way he wants to... Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle... etc

sasquatchua
sasquatchua

Word that I've heard from DF employees is that Tim Schaefer will go as far out of his way as possible to not do sequels. Now that he's away from LucasArts and calls his own shots when it comes to business contracts, I don't expect to see him to work on an existing IP ever again, even those he creates.

haesuse
haesuse

yeah he could make some nice sequels probably but with the new consoles out i'd love to see him work on a new original titles. Tim had some pretty innovative stuff in his games and this would be a good grounds for some more of that.

HummaKavula
HummaKavula

He's probably the most unique game developer ever, and easily one of the (if not the) best game developer of our time.

drogaz
drogaz

I don't think he is working on a Psychonauts sequel. In his speech he clearly said that he would prefer making an orginal game rather than a sequel. Whatever he is making though it is sure to be awesome!

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

I still need to play Psychonauts. I played the demo off an OXM disc a few years ago, but I hear it's a great game.

Reetesh
Reetesh

OH yeah :P MI5 I did play MI4 Kinda forgot in all the disappointment. and a GF 2 would be awesome too :D

fr0zen2003
fr0zen2003

"Reetesh so no MI4 " Actually, it would be MI5. M!4 was released a couple of years ago. Am I the only one still wishig for Grim Fandango 2?

Spektre41
Spektre41

Psychonauts...!! PSYCHONAUTS!! For the love of God! Let it be Psychonauts 2!

devilscry
devilscry

i'd love a Psychonauts 2, though i doubt it will be that. But i'm waiting eagerly.....waiting.....SO HURRY UP AND GIVE ME SOME NEWS!!

warman26
warman26

Psychonauts 2 would be nice seeing they end it with a cliffhanger so im all for a sequel to the craziest game out there

okassar
okassar

Another Psychonauts would be sweet,that game was so original.