Journey Dev Teases Multiplatform, Multiplayer Game With First Images

See the first images for Thatgamecompany's next game.

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What's next for Journey, Flower, and Flow developer Thatgamecompany? We don't know for sure yet, but the studio started to tease the project today on Twitter.

"Thatnextgame," as it's being called, is a multiplayer, multiplatform game, according to the bio of Thatgamecompany's Twitter account. The studio even created a Twitter account for the game.

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It's a "game about giving," the studio said, though it's not immediately clear what that means. One piece of art shows a candle lighting another. A second image depicts four characters who are holding hands. Both images use a blue-and-white color makeup.

2012's Journey for PlayStation 3 is Thatgamecompany's latest game. A version of the game for PS4 came out in July 2015.

After the launch of Journey in 2012, Thatgamecompany secured $5.5 million in venture capital to make a multiplatform game that it will self-publish.

In April 2014, Thatgamecompany cofounder Jenova Chen said his dream is to "make everyone love video games."

"People still read novels, watched movies, listened to music. The fact most of my friends are abandoning games makes me feel sad," he said at the time. "How can I help video games not just be for kids, and respected from people of all ages and genders?"

Chen added that video games too often only cater to genres that are most appealing to a young male audience instead of tapping into categories that can appeal to wider audiences. In order for video games, as a medium, to become "healthy" and "respected," developers need to expand into new genres, Chen argued.

Thatgamecompany's new game will be an "emotionally engaging experience centered around human connections for players of all ages and backgrounds," according to the developer. However, don't expect it to offer the "same emotional experience as Journey."

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BarcaAzul

Looks like souls and would tie into the candle thing.

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PIXEL8

Awesome. Been a while since we heard from them.

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YohanDeEmercer

multiplatform like crossplay?

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chiefwiggum16

I really, REALLY, hated Journey. I had to have missed something because it was beyond boring to me.

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parkurtommo

"People still read novels, watched movies, listened to music. The fact most of my friends are abandoning games makes me feel sad," he said at the time. "How can I help video games not just be for kids, and respected from people of all ages and genders?"

Good point. This industry has rarely proven itself as an "educational" creative platform like those other art forms. I think the issue-- if you want to call it an issue that is-- is that games are still just a way to deal with compulsion in a sandbox environment, boredom, lack of purpose etc. Most gamers play games to have fun and not to grow as people (because there aren't many games that offer that yet). I look forward to thatnextgame!

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baral-o

multiplayer only? pass

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xantufrog

@baral-o: it could be "casually multiplayer" in the way that Journey was. Doesn't necessarily have to be a squad-based screaming-over-the-headset fragfest (as, indeed, it looks very likely not to be)

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Acillatem1993

@baral-o: I'll buy 2 copies then, to make up for your pass.