Journey dev thatgamecompany may announce its next game this year
Left and right, Journey has been winning multiple Game of the Year awards and earning praise for being a truly exceptional game. Needless to say, that’s a bit of a hard act to follow, and developer thatgamecompany acknowledges that this puts a lot of expectation and pressure on its next title.
“It has to be better. I can’t just let people down,” co-founder Jenova Chen told IGN at DICE 2013. “Even just before coming to DICE, I was like ‘this is not going to top Journey.’ But I can’t see a game that’s more epic than the journey of a lifetime, right? From living to dying. How can you do something to top that? That’s tremendous pressure. I’m trying to stay away, trying not to directly compete with Journey in my next game. That’s what I’m working on right now.”
Another thing that the developer needs to worry about is bringing the game to multiple platforms. “The funny thing is, we started out trying to make games for humans, not for gamers with lots of experience in gaming,” Chen said. “Back then it was crazy to talk about this, to force everybody to make a game like that, when we were making games for PS3 players. If a game is meant to be played by everybody, it deserves to be on multiple platforms so everybody can play it. It’s very natural for me to do it this way.”
Chen also points out how it makes more business sense to release the title on multiple platforms, since the company’s value and the money it makes depend on how many players it can bring it to.
As for when thatgamecompany can unveil the new project, Chen stressed that a reveal this year is possible. “I was entertaining the idea of doing some kind of big announcement this year, but based on the progress we’ve made and the fact that I still don’t know exactly what the core gameplay mechanics are, it might be slightly later. I was hoping to do it around GDC time, but maybe…I don’t know. When it’s ready. I think this year we can definitely announce something, but we're talking about it.”
More of what Chen had to say about thatgamecompany’s next game can be found via the link below.
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