Journey development bankrupted studio
Creator Jenova Chen says creation of critically applauded game bankrupted ThatGameCompany.
"I wouldn't say that the development of Journey was a successful example of game development," Journey creator Jenova Chen told Polygon. "We bankrupted the company."
Chen noted ThatGameCompany did make its money back from Journey--plus some--but its release as a PlayStation 3-exclusive hurt the game's overall sales.
"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," he said.
The next game from ThatGameCompany, which Chen would not talk about, is aiming to release on multiple platforms. The developer last June secured $5.5 million in venture capital funding for this game.
According to a job advertisement at ThatGameCompany, the studio is planning a "full-scale online service" for its next game that will accommodate hundreds of thousands of users.
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