Tim Schafer Opens Up About Life With Xbox, Building Better Work Cultures, and What's Next

Over 30-year industry veteran and Double Fine CEO Tim Schafer talks to IGN about Xbox and Game Pass, making weirder games, his inspirations, the Psychonauts 2 documentary, improving work culture, his future plans, and the deep importance of making games with and for other human beings.

Gamer75211d ago

Would say that if he was talking about Sony ?

S2Killinit211d ago (Edited 211d ago )

Come now, MS PR efforts with these personalities is on a whole different level. At least historically.

I dont know this dude, but they got some really feisty characters talking their points. when its too risky for a higher up to be saying it, they let the grunts do the talking points.

These PR characters are not idiots, they are cogs in a machine that is Microsoft PR.

porkChop211d ago


Tim Schafer is not some "PR character". He's one of the most well-known and respected pioneers in the industry.

DeusFever211d ago

Sony has its own blog, podcast, and video series to promote PlayStation. Arguably Sony PR is just better than Microsoft PR.

rlow1211d ago

Great interview and really down to earth guy. I’m interested in watching the documentary they made on the making of Psychonauts 2 .


Epic Games CEO addresses layoffs, reveals future of Fortnite

After laying off numerous employees, Tim Sweeney, the company’s founder and CEO, sent an email about the situation. The 52-year-old businessman clarified why the layoffs happened and even shed some light on the future of Fortnite.

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Jin_Sakai5d ago (Edited 5d ago )

Good on them doing this at least.

“we’re offering a severance package that includes six months base pay and in the US/Canada/Brazil six months of Epic-paid healthcare. We’re offering to accelerate people’s stock option vesting schedule through the end of 2024 and are giving two additional years from today to exercise the options. In the US we’re also offering to vest any unearned profit sharing from their 401k. And we’ll provide benefits including career transition services and visa support where we can.”

Knightofelemia5d ago

I wonder how much of a bonus the CEO will get after this decision?


Would be "too much" for us, but probably it's "not enough" for the greedy bastard...


Epic makes way too much money to have to lay people off of the spent that money smartly. Tim wasted money on exclusives for their store when it could have gone to paychecks for people.

Mikeyy4d ago

Epic put all their eggs in one basket with fortnite, they should have continued with the development of unreal tournament and got that game going as an arena shooter that's free to play with a huge cosmetic cash shop.

But your CEO knows what their doing.... laying off people so the board doesn't see exactly how much you stuck. The usual playbook.


Remedy says its Max Payne remakes are ‘a big, big project’

Remedy’s Sam Lake describes the work involved

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RaidenBlack5d ago

Currently my most anticipated Remake project

senorfartcushion5d ago

Max Payne 3 is my 2nd favourite game ever. I cannot wait for these remakes.

RedDeadLB5d ago

They aren't remaking 3 though. Only 1 & 2.

senorfartcushion5d ago

I know.

It's the style of gameplay that I like due to how much I played MP1 and mostly 3.

RaidenBlack5d ago (Edited 5d ago )

Max Payne 3 is very underrated.
I've been planning to do a second run of the game for quite a while ...
The multiplayer part was also infamous for being surprisingly really good, but was overlooked by many
Would love a remake of that as well but by R* themselves using their own RAGE engine, to have a nice contrast against Remedy's Northlight engine project. :)

roadkillers5d ago

What other confirmed remake project excluding Final Fantasy exists?

RaidenBlack5d ago

Silent Hill 2
Persona 3

banger885d ago

I just hope they don't end up digital-only like Alan Wake 2.

-Foxtrot5d ago

I adore these games, they ooze atmosphere. I hope they are fantastic.

I wish Remedy would have done Max Payne 3, Rockstar had some amazing gun play in them but the story was just not as good. It's like they were working on a new IP and slapped Max Payne onto it, only the flashback levels felt like Max Payne. Also they went of the ending where Mona died which sucked.

I wouldn't mind if one day they did their own Max Payne 3

Dagexon5d ago

I liked the story tbh. I mean the main plot did feel very disconnected from 1 and 2 but I really liked Max's character development tbh

-Foxtrot5d ago

His development felt like it did a 180 from what was shown in Max Payne 2

isarai5d ago

I wanna see them so bad, but it'll probably be years

ApocalypseShadow5d ago

OG Max Payne redone in the best way possible would be awesome and an easy purchase. Hope they get it right.