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Journey and Flower dev considering end to studio's Sony exclusivity

Thatgamecompany is looking to branch out from its PS3 roots. With just weeks to go before the launch of Journey, the last Sony-exclusive game under its current contract, studio co-founder and creative director Jenova Chen admitted to Pushsquare.com that his team was eager to go multiplatform with its future projects.

“Thatgamecompany had a three game contract with Sony, so the past three games had to be Sony exclusive. Right now we are very much exploring ways to bring our games to a bigger audience, beyond just PlayStation,” he said, explaining, “We are still in the process of negotiating, but I hope that we can announce it [soon]. But right now it’s still in the process.”

Considering its crtical and commercial successes with flOw and Flower, and the early buzz on Journey, it's not hard to see Thatgamecompany finding an audience on Xbox Live Arcade or Steam. Odds are Sony might also make a play to keep Chen and his team in-house or at the very least shop out flOw, Flower, and Journey to iOS and other platforms itself.

Future plans aside, Chen also detailed Thatgamecompany's PS3 design strategy for Journey, adding, “When we worked on Journey, this is our third PlayStation Network game, so we wanted to try to make a game about multiplayer, particularly about making the player have an emotional connection with another player. And this is something that I rarely see in a console video game, because most of them are about, y’know, killing each other, or killing something together.”

Journey crosses the threshold to PSN on March 13 in North America, and March 14 in Europe.

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10 comments

  • codzprc - February 28, 2012 8:11 p.m.

    This is great news, I was considering buying a used PS3 to check out Journey... but maybe I'll just hold out hope that it will someday (soon) be on 360.
  • obliviondoll - March 4, 2012 12:13 a.m.

    They specifically said that the current 3 games are Sony exclusives. Sony owns the rights to Journey. Unfortunately, barring the miraculous joint decision of Sony WANTING to release Journey for XBox AND Microsoft LETTING them, it's not going to happen. I'm VERY happy (as a PS3 gamer) thatgamecompany are no longer going to be tied to one platform - their games are always unique experiences that everyone should have access to.
  • doomfather - February 28, 2012 9:22 a.m.

    Whose ear would I need to cut off to make this happen?
  • ChrisCultista - February 27, 2012 6:42 p.m.

    Fuck yea! If there's a petition I would sign it.
  • Shadow Of Death - February 27, 2012 4:52 p.m.

    After the contract expires, does that mean they could bring their previously exclusive games (flOw, flOwer, and Journey) to other platforms? They would seem to be very ideal for the PC market and quite alright on the 360. I'd re-purchase them all on Steam in any case.
  • Scuffles - February 27, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    Hopefully one of those future projects will be journey on the PC sans aggravating DRM. That's a deal breaker no matter how good your game is.
  • Fuzunga - February 27, 2012 12:35 p.m.

    Yes, please!
  • BladedFalcon - February 27, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    Cool, as long as they don't ditch bringing their games to Sony, I'm all for them branching out. Exclusives are getting annoying anyway.
  • Redeater - February 27, 2012 12:16 p.m.

    I know this has nothing to do with the article but where the hell is the Asura's Wrath review? How does it take weeks to review a 5-6 hour game where most of you time is spent pressing a button every few seconds??
  • BladedFalcon - February 27, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    Probably for the same reason there has not been any talkradar recently. The main editors seem to be working on something, hopefully something big. Either that, or this is the after effect of suddenly losing 4 of the site's biggest editors and employees at once, take your pick.

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