Journey embarks spring 2012

PS3 adventure from Flower developer thatgamecompany missing projected 2011 release; "still a ton of care and polish needed" before release.

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. But for thatgamecompany's Journey, that first step will happen later than originally planned, as the studio has pushed its release window back to spring 2012.

Journey's destination is a little further away than previously thought.

Jenova Chen, creative director for thatgamecompany, today announced the delay on the PlayStation Blog, saying there is "still a ton of care and polish" that the online adventure game needs before its release.

Previously, Journey was expected to arrive by the end of 2011. A closed beta for Journey ran from June to July this summer, and Chen called the trial period a "great success."

A follow-up to 2009's Flower, Journey casts players as a robed adventurer, wandering through an expansive desert world, journeying toward a distant mountain. Gamers will encounter other players on their way and benefit from tackling the game's challenges together.

For more on Journey, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

27 comments
jonnyjd
jonnyjd

Can. Not. Wait. For. This. Game!

Battlemed
Battlemed

the mountain is the dark tower... this is the truth the world moved on

SpyderWeiss
SpyderWeiss

I buy very few games on day one (due to limited time and budget), Portal 2 was the only one this year, this may be the only one next year.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I am really glad to see that they are taking the time to ensure that this Journey will be a great one. Instead of a rushed out the door, Half assed Journey. I love it when developers actually care about the games they create. Instead of just rushing out the game and not caring about if it is polished with care. That is what makes some games great and even legendary, and others just so-so. This journey looks to be one of greatness and made with do care. I will take the Journey in 2012. The game looks interesting, if nothing else, Glad to see that they are doing their best to make this game the best it can be. Instead of just saying "F" it we have a deadline to meet and rushing this game out without caring about the quality of the finished product.

daabulls23
daabulls23

"still a ton of care and polish..." I wish more developers/publishers used this line. Now it's more content without more polish.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@bostadskontrakt Yeah I know, for a game mainly about roaming it's sad to see the actual sand animation under the feet be so odd. It's like they're walking in water and it's rippling. Still the game looks okay, visually it's quite nice and it has a different feel so worth checking into but overall I'm going to have to hold my judgement as I've not really been wowed or anything. Where is the moment where I suddenly realise this game had something of value to be seen or done? Generally that's what I want from my more serene, roaming games.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Must have this game. Certain games just have a unique feel. Hope it's not over too quickly. That dampens the wonder factor a bit. I've purchased quite a few XBL-exclusive (or "there first") games, but this will be my first PSN title, methinks.

bostadskontrakt
bostadskontrakt

Why is the sand ahead of you moving? Polish it away please.

wooooode
wooooode

The beta ran smooth for me and without a single hitch so I expect a flawless product once complete.

motorxd
motorxd

@Joedgabe Oh I get what they are trying to do, I just think it's silly. If I were lost in the desert and managed to find another person but this person could only dance and whistle at me soon there would only be one person lost in the desert again with another burried under a dune.

balfe1990
balfe1990

@Joedgabe What does my having a Halo avatar have anything to do with anything? Because it's exclusive to the Xbox? I suppose that means I hate everything Playstation? I should get an avatar of a game that is available on multiple platforms in order to have credibility?:roll: No, I just so happen to like Halo. I also like XBLA because of it's content and that alone. If it was crap, I'd say so. But it's excellent, and why shouldn't I say so? For what it's worth, Journey looks great, why else would I be in a news piece concerning it.

JasPlun
JasPlun

What one player thinks is boring is another gamers fun.If your an Action buff then you better look elsewhere.This game is pure adventure and mystery and I plan on buying a ps3 just for this game:P

Llama345
Llama345

I found the beta BORING. I'm not really sure where the 'fun' was in it. It would probably be a nice game to relax with.

NeverMore0
NeverMore0

Hopefully this means it's longer than I expected.

antoniobandino
antoniobandino

Gotta say, I thought the beta was boring and the controls/movement was frustrating. Still absolutely going to grab it when it comes out but I hope there's some fantastic gameplay mechanic they haven't revealed yet. Soundtrack is amazing, though.

Pete5506
Pete5506

More games to look forward to in 2012

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

Any extra time to perfect a game is a good thing but I don't understand why a game such as this would take so long to make. The mechanics are relatively simple and the visuals although charming (and undeniably an asset to this game) are relatively simple.

DiamondSlicer
DiamondSlicer

This will take a while then. But always look at the bright side; you will have time to play other (fantastic) games.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@motorxd I believe it's meant to be that way so by all means it should stay that way. It will provide a unique experience, think about it. It will feel like you're stuck in the middle of nowhere and you find someone that doesn't even speak your language. You're gonna have to try to signal them or find an odd way to communicate with them and that's what i think they're going for. That strange unique experience, you'll probably won't have another chance to try something so oddly as that. It's part of the adventure.

LAnoirFAN
LAnoirFAN

i am in love with this game, I WILL BUY IT

motorxd
motorxd

Lets hope theyre pushing the release back so they can add the options to invite your friends and talk to them while playing. If they really wanted to make you feel alone in the desert just make it single player only instead of gimping the multiplayer experience.

Just-Adam
Just-Adam

Aww maaaan I was really looking fwd to it :( Then again , it's probably for the best since I'll be way too busy with Dark Souls and Uncharted 3 :)

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@balfe1990 You just made your entire point invalid by having a halo avatar and saying you love XBLA too much. Anything you say will be towards XBLA so you're not a person that can be trusted by what you say lol Regardless on the matter is a great thing, even if both consoles don't have that many exclusive titles having some sets them apart because they're already very similar in their games lineup. I'm sure xbox has good exclusive titles as well but the major difference i notice between sony and microsoft is that sony invests in weird experimental games that turn out to be good. Like little big planet,flower, and Disgaea(yes the game is a tad weird lol ) but fun none the less i'm sure xbox has it's unique quality also but i don't own an xbox to know what it would be.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" - An obvious statement is something that is obvious. But seriously, it's a shame that it's not coming to PC. We'll have to make do with the other taglines/clichés that are available.

balfe1990
balfe1990

@jcbullen This is a PSN game, the Playstation equivalent of XBLA. XBLA has a far richer selection of quality titles and trumps PSN year after year so I don't know why you're complaining about this. Speaking for retail releases, then of course I'd have to agree. I can't have anything bad said about XBLA, I love it too much. :P

jcbullen
jcbullen

*Sigh*, another PS3 exclusive. C'mon Xbox, I love you, but step up your game man. You're starting to make me worry about which company I'll side with next time around. If only I had enough time to warrant having both consoles and playing all the games.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

It looks interesting and lonely. I never played flower though, Maybe i should give it a try some time.