Psychonauts 2: everything we know about the game

Psychonauts 2 launches tomorrow, and we’re already hard at work on our review. Initial reviews from other outlets are calling it Double Fine’s “best game to date” and “an extraordinary achievement in storytelling and gameplay.” That being said, there are probably still a good chunk of you who are still wondering what the game is about. Here’s everything you need to know about Psychonauts 2.

What Is Psychonauts 2?

Psychonauts 2 is the follow-up to the original 2005 Xbox cult classic. It continues the story not only from that release but from the 2017 VR spin-off, Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin. The games follow Razputin “Raz” Aquato, a fledgling cadet training to become a member of the elite psychic agents known as the Psychonaut.

As a Psychonaut, Raz wields powerful mental abilities and can jump into the minds of other people to learn more about their internal psychic world. Psychonauts 2 builds upon the foundation of the previous games but with several tweaks not limited to just graphics. Puzzles, exploration and character interactions form the backbone of the experience.

Do I Need To Play Psychonauts Before Psychonauts 2?

A handy recap video is available in-game to bring you up to date on everything. You can even watch the same video on Double Fine’s YouTube page, in case you’d like to know more already before the game launches. Granted, the original Psychonauts is sixteen years old, so there’re more than enough recaps, actual plays and wikis out there to bring you up to speed, though the recap vid should suffice.

When Is Psychonauts 2’s Release Date?

Psychonauts 2 launches onto Xbox on August 24 at 5pm Pacific Time 8pm Eastern Time and on 1am British Standard Time, the latter of which is technically August 25. It will cost you $59.99 at the Microsoft Store but will also be available as part of Xbox Game Pass. It will also be playable via Xbox Cloud Gaming, in case you’re not home with your Xbox when it launches.

Can You Pre-Load Psychonauts 2 On Xbox?

Indeed! If you want to get your Xbox device ready, you can pre-load Psychonauts 2 right now. The download is 28.58GB right now, but that download size may change in the hours leading up to launch or require some minor update or patch after.

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Is Psychonauts 2 Optimized For Xbox Series X|S?

Yes! In fact, since Double Fine become a first-party Xbox studio, Xbox Series X and Series S are the only places to play the next-gen version. There’s a variety of enhancements for each system which we’ll detail below.

How Long Will Psychonauts 2 Take To Beat?

Current reports are that the game can take around 12 to 16 hours to beat, that is if you’re focusing on the main story and/or critical path. But with loads of other side activities to engage in, you could be looking at 20-30 hours instead. Doing so would involve reaching rank 102, replaying to find secrets and getting all them collectibles and achievements.