Journey development bankrupted studio

Creator Jenova Chen says creation of critically applauded game bankrupted ThatGameCompany.


Adventure game Journey was well received and even broke PlayStation Network sales records. However, its development bankrupted creator 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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"Journey development bankrupted studio" was posted by Eddie Makuch on Mon, 11 Feb 2013 08:17:40 -0800
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