Journey dev going multiplatform with next project
- Posted February 12th, 2013 at 05:04 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 5 Comments
The founder of Thatgamecompany has confirmed that his studio’s next title will make the transition into multiplatform territory.
Speaking during a chinwag with Polygon at DICE, Jenova Chen noted that to achieve wide-reaching financial success, the studio must venture beyond the constraints of Sony-owned consoles.
Furthermore, Chen observed that at one point during its development, PlayStation 3-exclusive Journey actually bankrupted the developer.
"I think to have a financial success, that is going to change everyone, it has to be much bigger than a game on the PlayStation platform," said Chen.
Journey, of course, achieved critical and commercial success upon its release in early 2012. The artsy title became the most downloaded title on PlayStation Network in March, achieving the same feat again for December last year.
“I run into a lot of lost and frustrated students who study games to work on great art, but then find there is no place for them," he added. "I feel responsible for them because I showed them that is possible, but there is no place for them."
"My resolution is to create a big financial success," he added.
Details on Chen’s next project are thin on the ground, though Chen noted that “Journey was focused on connection,” and “I think we are trying to do one level above that with this game.” However, he added “It’s very likely that’s impossible.”
Stay tuned to PSU.com for more details. Read our review of Journey here.
- 8:12am EST - February 12th, 2013
I hope they find success with their multiplatform title, their games aren't exactly up my alley, but I respect their efforts to extend the medium beyond the traditional norms. Just hope they can keep afloat through these hard times, would be a loss to the entire industry if we lost the talent of thatgamecompany.
- 9:37am EST - February 12th, 2013
ayy, seems it means a new TGC game on portable phones
- 1:10pm EST - February 12th, 2013
This should make PSU VERY happy, seeing as they LOVE XBOX 360 so hard they keep mentioning when games release on it, even though this is SUPPOSEDLY a PlayStation only website...
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- 4:34pm EST - February 12th, 2013
Realistically, this is a very smart move. PlayStation website or not, we are ALL gamers, so if TGC wants to put games on the next Xbox as well, I am all for it. Their games are some of the best I have ever played, and it would be nice for Xbox gamers to get the chance to experience such art as well. I might be a diehard Sony gamer, but I have respect for all systems.
- 3:18am EST - February 13th, 2013
As long as I still get it on my platform of choice (PS3), I say go for it.
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