Psychonauts PlayStation VR Game Releases February 21

  • Rory Young

Double Fine is proudly announcing that Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, a PlayStation VR exclusive adventure game, is going to launch starting February 21.

While Double Fine is hard at work on Psychonauts 2, the sequel to their 2005 platformer-adventure game, the studio is hoping to keep fans of the mind-bending adventure game busy with a spin-off title, Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin. But unlike the first Psychonauts, and presumably Psychonauts 2, this forthcoming game is something a little different.

Leading up to Double Fine’s decision to launch a crowdfunding campaign for Psychonauts 2, the studio/publishers decided to do a smaller Psychonauts project in the meantime. In line with previous experiments that utilized fun technology, for example Happy Action Theater for the Kinect, Double Fine settled on a PlayStation VR game. And thus Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin was born, to help bridge the events of Psychonauts into its forthcoming sequel.

According to a Double Fine announcement made earlier today, Rhombus of Ruin will release in less than a month, on February 21st. For now, Rhombus of Ruin has not been announced for any other VR platforms, but there is a chance it could eventually be released for the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Of course, that will depend on how successful the game is on PS VR.

For those unfamiliar with the Psychonauts franchise, the original game was a third-person platformer-adventure. It starred Razputin “Raz” Aquato, who runs away from his family of circus performers to become a Psychonaut. After sneaking into the Psychonaut summer camp/training facility, Raz uses his budding mental powers (like telekinesis, pyrokinesis, and invisibility) to stop a terrible plot.

Psychonauts in the Rhombus Ruin takes place directly after the events of the original game, but instead of being a platformer-adventure title, it’s more of a puzzle-adventure game. Players will use Raz’s psychic abilities to shift perspective to other characters, all while combing through the environment for clues and solutions to the game’s conflict.

Ultimately it’s unclear how significant the events of Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin will prove in the grand scheme of the series, but as a VR exclusive, it’s unlikely the majority of Psychonauts fans will be able to play the game, which would is understandably disappointing. The hope is that Double Fine will ultimately bring the game to PC, perhaps even as a non-VR title, prior to the launch of Psychonauts 2. For now, though, the hope is that Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin is simply a great game – PlayStation VR or not.

Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin launches February 21 exclusively for the PlayStation VR hardware on PlayStation 4. (source)