Journey developers looking to explore beyond PS3

All us non-PS3 owners out there may yet get the chance to jump around a gorgeous desert singing at strangers.

thatgamecompany, whose name is painful to put at the start of a sentence for a grammar fascist like myself, are eyeing possibilities on other consoles for when their exclusive three game contract with Sony expires.Jenova Chen, co-founder of the small artsy indie studio told Push Square in a recent interview “Right now we are very much exploring ways to bring our games to a bigger audience, beyond just PlayStation.” Whether this will include flOW, Flower and the upcoming Journey on the PS3 or only apply to new games depends on the terms of their exclusivity contract with Sony, although there is some wiggle room for hope. ” We are still in the process of negotiating,” said Chen, “but I hope that we can announce it [soon]. But right now it’s still in the process.”

Since I don’t own a PS3 my only experiences with Journey would have been watching gameplay footage and quietly seething with envy, so this is great news. I understand platforms need big franchises they can claim entirely for themselves as a selling point and I’m cool with that. A majority of triple-A console exclusives don’t immediately appeal to me and some of them eventually pop up on other platforms anyway. What really gets on my tits is when smaller games get shackled to a specific console too, particularly when it looks as gorgeous and promising as Journey does.

This is where I muse aloud “wouldn’t it be great if Journey and the rest of thatgamecompany’s portfolio was released on Steam?” to myself, all passive-aggressive like. Come on Jenova Chen, you know you want to. You might have signed up to be a second-party developer for Sony but we all know your heart really beats to an indie tune. So come on, gimme! I’ll even take an Xbox 360 version! WHY DON’T YOU WANT MY MONEY?!

Whichever way the wind eventually blows it sounds like thatgamecompany already have their next project in mind. I’ll take that one too Mr Chen.

Source: Push Square

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