Dev behind acclaimed PS3 game Journey raises $7 million for next project

thatgamecompany secures additional funding for game that aims to be an "emotionally engaging experience…"

Thatgamecompany, the developer of 2012's critically acclaimed PlayStation 3 game Journey, has raised $7 million for its next game, which remains unannounced. In a statement on thatgamecompany's website, the company explained that the funding came from venture capital firm Capital Today and a team of other investors.

These investors, the company says, "share our vision in making meaningful interactive experiences that inspire, connect, and emotionally touch the hearts of players around the world."

Chen also said thatgamecompany has now entered "the next phase of development" on its upcoming project. The $7 million will help thatgamecompany "scale up development efforts" to allow the studio to make "the best game possible" that is in the spirit of flOw, Flower, and Journey. The funds also help thatgamecompany "begin laying the infrastructure to self-publish, market, and distribute on our own terms for this project and beyond."

Thatgamecompany's new title is going to be an "emotionally engaging experience centered around human connections for players of all ages and backgrounds." The studio says it is chomping at the bit to share more information, but this won't happen until the project gets further along in development.

In June 2012, thatgamecompany announced that it had secured $5.5 million in venture capital funding, and hoped to bring its future games to multiple platforms. Despite critical acclaim and strong sales, the company cited platform exclusivity as a factor in its financial troubles while developing Journey.

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22 comments
Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

As long as they make a port for the PC as well you won't hear anything bad from me.


If not, I couldn't care less.

Zignoff
Zignoff

Oh good, now will you actually have some freaking gameplay on your next game, and maybe some like replay value, like a game SHOULD have? Unlike the god awful art gallery Journey was and it's 15 dollar admission ticket?

tom2750
tom2750

i wish it was still PlayStation exclusive oh well hopefully it's only on PlayStation, PC and Wii U and not Xbox

jeager_titan
jeager_titan

Well thank you guys for making you next game multiplat. No more exclusivity crap.

Keaze_
Keaze_

I used to love Thatgamecompany but they need to broaden their scope.  Their games are not "emotional" anymore, We know exactly what to expect.

dream431ca
dream431ca

Pretty excited! Great game developer.

hoplayletsplay
hoplayletsplay

That's a huge budget for the type of games they've been making. Maybe they are making a bigger game this time around.

shnelle
shnelle

Journey is one of the best games I've ever played.  If they can do it again it's an insta-buy for me.

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

At the mere mention of thatgamecompany money is leaping from my wallet towards theirs. 

da_chub
da_chub

Journey was an overrated waste if $15 IMO...2 hours maybe. Same with limbo. Those are probably the only games last gen I still feel like I flat out wasted my $$ with. People complain about the 12 hour child of light...which has more gameplay on the first 20 min then journey had. I won't be supporting thatgamecompany if they making journey 2...but multiplat.

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

If it's as wonderful as Journey was, I want it. /throws wallet at screen - Also, bring Journey to Ps4. >.< flOw and flower are, where's mah Journey? I must platinum it again. >:}

kik4444
kik4444

@tom2750 It won't be an exclusive. The devs even said that he lost some money due to it only being available on 1 platform

woodyfr
woodyfr

@tom2750 They could not earn enough money to survive with “strong sales” and “platform exclusivity”, nothing is wrong with the Xbox. (And a PC use Windows = Microsoft)

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@Keaze_ You sound like they made whole lot of games. You don't know what to expect. Journey was emotional title in many aspects and previous two were more relaxing type. I mean if you want to say broaden, you should post that on BF or CoD or other annual repetitive franchises comments section :)

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

@da_chub I'll agree with you about Limbo, since it was minimalist done the wrong way... but not Journey. That game was nothing short of an epic, emotional and beautiful experience. And, if you say it wasn't, I question your taste.

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

@Drkr_Zen @da_chub People can just as easily question your taste. Journey is amazing as a work of art but doesn't work as a game to me. Much like the Team Ico games. Deserving of their praise but the point of playing games is having fun in the end, not just finding something artistically captivating.

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

@xOmniCloudx @Drkr_Zen @da_chub Eh, to each his own. I found the Team ICO games to be awesome on an artistic level, but also to have awesome gameplay. SotC having a gauntlet of awesome bosses that took time to figure out how to take down, while ICO being one long escort mission done right (which is very well done considering some escort missions in games are downright horribad and last mere minutes compared to an entire game).


Again, to each his own. Personally, I find LoZ:OoT and FFVII to be the low points of their respective series, but others find those to be the best games ever. But I still think of them as strong titles.


I still stand by my statement, that is to say anything by thatgamecompany is bad is pure foolishness, even if you didn't enjoy it.

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

@shnelle @Drkr_Zen @da_chub Um, yeah... okay, lol. Retro Studios made Metroid Prime, Squaresoft made FFVII, Gamefreak made Pokemon Red, not this company. 


See, I can do it, too. :P