Psychonauts 2 Will Be Part Of the July Xbox 20/20 Showcase

Developer Double Fine have spent years hard at work on Psychonauts 2, and now they're prepared to show off the game at the Xbox 20/20 Showcase.

Psychonauts 2 Will Be Part Of the July Xbox 20/20 Showcase

Developer Double Fine is gearing up to show off their long-awaited at the Xbox 20/20 Showcase this July. First announced way back in 2015, Psychonauts 2 is the long-awaited sequel to Double Fine's first game, the delightfully subversive action platformer, 2005's Psychonauts. After nearly five years of waiting,  and an unexpected delay, fans are getting restless when it comes to getting their hands on the game.

Double Fine has changed quite a bit since 2015. Back then, they were a high-profile indie developer and publisher. In 2019, it was announced that Double Fine had been acquired by Microsoft and made into an Xbox Game Studios development house. So far, the impact of this acquisition has yet to express itself to fans of Double Fine's work, but it will likely manifest over the next few years or so. For now, Psychonauts 2 is still on track to release on PlayStation 4 as well as Xbox One (and PC).

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Game director and studio founder Tim Schafer released an update on the game's progress through a post on Fig and a YouTube video. Originally, Psychonauts 2 was going to appear at Microsoft's E3 2020 presentation. However, with E3 canceled this year, those plans had to be changed. Now, is scheduled to be unveiled at Microsoft's Xbox 20/20 Showcase in July.

It's been a long road for Psychonauts 2. Double Fine had always planned for Psychonauts to be a franchise, but thanks to the underwhelming sales of the first game, the sequel was put on the back burner for years. When the game resurfaced, it was through Fig, a crowdfunding platform that allows deeper investment tiers than the traditional Kickstarter model. Then, with the Microsoft acquisition, many were left wondering if the initial plans for Psychonauts 2 had been changed at all. Fortunately, this doesn't seem to have been the case, and development on Psychonauts 2, by all accounts, is progressing smoothly.

Hopefully, Double Fine will provide a release date for Psychonauts 2 at the Xbox 20/20 Showcase. Fans have spent years waiting for the game, and now that the next-gen consoles are on their way, Double Fine would be wise to have their big marquee title release before gamers lose interest in current-gen machines. Perhaps Psychonauts 2 will have a special version released exclusively for Xbox Series X that will take greater advantage of the processing power of the new hardware to incentivize players to pick up that version.  Either way, it's good to know that, even with E3 canceled and the entire entertainment industry in flux thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, artists are still able to continue their work on video games and other forms of art.

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Winter Soldier Actor Gets Marvel Flashbacks During Lockdown

The Falcon and the Winter Solider actor Sebastian Stan channels his character Bucky Barnes while wearing a mask during coronavirus lockdown.

Winter Soldier Actor Gets Marvel Flashbacks During Lockdown

Sebastian Stan, who will star in Marvel's upcoming The Falcon and the Winter Soldier show, jokes that wearing a mask feels familiar. Stan has been a part of the MCU since Captain America: The First Avenger, where he played Steve Rogers' best friend Bucky Barnes. As Steve believes Bucky to be dead at the end of that film, he's shocked by his appearance as a brain-washed super solider in Captain America: The Winter Solider. Luckily, by the end of Avengers: Endgame, Bucky has been de-programmed, with the two old friends saying goodbye before Captain America leaves to live out his life in the past.

Stan will reprise his role as Bucky for Disney+'s The Falcon and the Winter Solider, where he'll star alongside Anthony Mackie. As Steve passed his shield onto Mackie's character Sam Wilson, the show will follow Sam as he comes to terms with the Captain America mantle. Bucky's role in things is a little less certain at this time, though fans already know Sam and Bucky won't be friends in the series, at least not right away. It seems having Captain America in common won't be enough for the two to bond initially.

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Stan's Winter Soldier costume involved an intense mask, which wouldn't seem too out of place today due to COVID-19 guidelines. Stan made a joke to that effect on Instagram, sharing a photo of himself wearing a mask, with the caption "Well this feels weirdly familiar..." Due to the mask's darker color, it does bear a passing resemblance to the one worn by Stan in the MCU.

is set to premiere this August. However, depending on how the coronavirus progresses, the show could be delayed. It was one of the first TV or movie productions to stop work, as the show was filming overseas at the time. However, fellow Disney+ series Loki and WandaVision soon followed suit. Marvel creatives are doing what they can to help fans during this time, mostly by offering a distraction from the current state of the world. Some, like MCU directors Joe and Anthony Russo, as well as James Gunn, have participated in watch parties. The original six Avengers, meanwhile, are auctioning off a virtual hangout for charity.

Though it's impossible to know when The Falcon and the Winter Solider will be able to resume filming, it's nice to see Stan doing something to lift fans' spirits in the midst of the pandemic. Other superhero actors can probably relate to Stan's joke, as masks accompany many Marvel and DC costumes. Hopefully, Stan and others continue to stay safe during this difficult time.

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