Microsoft announced their acquisition of Double Fine Productions during their E3 2019 press conference. This acquisition means Double Fine is going to have additional financial support towards the development of any future game the studio plans to work on moving forward.
Once they’ve completed RAD, which is releasing this Summer for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, and Psychonauts 2, which is Microsoft is publishing next year for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, they’re going to have the freedom to work on something completely new and different.
But, hey, wait. What about Brutal Legend 2? Someone asked Tim Schafer during an E3 Q&A. While Schafer responded he was fond memories of the “universe” and claims “never say never,” it looks like he could be willing to work on brand new intellectual properties after so many sequels.
“That’s a fun universe, too, that I’d love to back to, but now we’ve been in sequel mode for a few years, and it’d be nice to do something new…but never say never,” Schafer said, leaving the door open while also hinting at a new IP on the way for the studio.
Activision published the original Brutal Legend and required a lot of money to build the project not only because the game featured a lot of different gameplay mechanics and designs, but mainly because the title included plenty of legendary rock and metal musicians, like the late Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead.
There’s potential for Double Fine to decide they want to work on a sequel for Brutal Legends under Microsoft’s flag, but the decision is up in the air.