The video game Psychonauts is originally developed for Majesco entertainment and for Microsoft and several other platforms. It was initially released in 2005, but six years later Double Fine got the rights for Psychonauts and introduced it again this time with new fresh gaming system and already upgraded. Players take the role of Raz who is the main character in the game and wants to be become a spy. The boy is running from the enemies as he wants to get in a special camp where people with similar abilities learn how to become a Psychonaut. As he has psychic abilities the main focus is on him. The plot is rather interesting in the game. Raz discovers that there is something going on in the camp and that it is something perilous so he is the only one who is able to help. During the play players examine weird minds of other characters of the game and Raz helps them to overcome various difficulties connected to their memories of past as the main hero enters in training in Psychonauts. While helping other characters Raz obtain points and they also help him when needed, so players progress in the levels. During a certain period of time players get new skills and abilities which can be used in different situations such as hitting the enemies or solving various puzzles. At first the game was considered as failure and even the name, but Psychonauts managed to get several wards and later extend the sales and due it the creators are currently planning the sequel game Psychonauts 2.
As it was reported in 2015 during The Game awards the sequel of the video game is under development. Again video game Psychonauts 2 will be introduced by Double Fine and the release date is set in 2018. The creators wanted to make the second part of the game but because of some financial demands they stopped the process for some time. But as sales of the original game extended and there was a great demand for it the developers managed to overcome difficulties and invest in the new project.
The story in Pschonauts 2 is some kind of continuation of original game. As in the end a task started when the main hero was trying to help his friends to save the leader of Psychonauts. So when the task is complete the group comes back but Raz learns that the camp is not in fact what it seemed. During the period when the head was absent some changes happened in the camp and now psychic research is replaced by some other studies such as special magic practice. The developers stated that the main hero’s story will continue to develop and new clues will be discovered about his family and the curse which influences them. Maybe there will be a romantic storyline where Raz will be involved besides Psychonauts.
The video game includes a lot of adventure items as a platform game. Players control the main character through third person camera and the task is to help him discover the secret at Psychonauts. So main acts take place there. Players start with simple moves like jumping and running but during a certain period of time when character progresses he obtains various other abilities and skills and among them are becoming invisible or the ability to influence the physical system. So the fight and the process of the game in general is more efficient. Additional skills players obtain when they overcome various tasks and missions and reach a certain level of ranks. They also can buy them by secret arrowheads. These skills also can be improved during the play. For instance, the ability of becoming invisible can be improved in a way that duration will be longer. Players can make good use of additional powers as they have a chance to add several of them on keyboard so the usage becomes fast. It does not mean players cannot continue the others, they will still be available on menu. One of the interesting facts of the concept is that there exist two different worlds. One is the real world where the camp and its surroundings are located and another one is mental worlds which are in the consciousness of the heroes. Raz have to help his friends to overcome certain tasks so he deals with these worlds fighting against so called censors that can attack and prevent him from completing the mission. In Psychonauts mental powers and abilities play a central role in the gameplay and the plot progresses based on them. Players are given special items at the beginning which let them leave mental worlds whenever they want and come back again in case they have missed something. Players can get hurt from their enemies around the camp or its surroundings usually at night. In Psychonauts Raz is powerless in water and his health can decrease because of the damage. So players should be careful and regain their health at special checkpoints. When lack of health happens in mental worlds he is out of it unwillingly. So players gather points and health during the levels or buy them at camp stores. The gameplay in Psychonauts 2 is similar to the original verse. Players will continue to control Raz as a third person and new powers will be added both to mental and real worlds.
As it was already said the main character is Raz a talented child with special powers. Though his father was against to his decision to go to camp of Psychonauts as he was cursed and was dying. His weakness is water. He meets at the camp four friends and forms his real personality with the help of them. He even has a romantic storyline with the daughter of The Grand Head of Psychonauts. All these characters help him in his missions as there are also talented children with different abilities such as Boyd who has a special hat that prevents him from exploding. In Psychonauts 2 new characters will be added with new powers and storylines.