Double Fine has announced that Psychonauts will be released on PSN as a PlayStation 2 Classic next week. In the platformer, you take the role of Raz, a boy with psychic powers who runs away to a camp in order to be a Psychonaut, but he discovers an evil that he must stop. While the post on the PlayStation Blog does not indicate a price, it will likely go for $9.99 like the other PS2 Classics.
Chris Remo, Community Manager for Double Fine Productions, said the following to explain why Psychonauts wasn’t released on PSN before.
“…to truly become a PlayStation 2 Classic, we wanted to ensure Psychonauts had all the time it needed to grow into its status as a classic, like a fine artisanal Tuscan cheese. But less smelly.”
Psychonauts was Double Fine’s first game. It was originally released on the Xbox on April 19, 2005. The Playstation 2 version was released on June 21, 2005. The game was also released for Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, and as an Xbox Original.
Analysis: While Psychonauts has been released on several platforms, having another venue on which people can play it is a boon. It flew under the radar when it was first released, and as a result, it was considered a flop financially even with the critical acclaim it received. It’s good to see the game get its due. More opportunities for people to play it, and for Double Fine to line its pockets, can only be a good thing.