Journey dev went bankrupt during adventure’s creation

Friday, 8th February 2013 01:35 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Although the critical and commercial pay-off may have been worth it, thatgamecompany skirted financial disaster while working on Journey.

Speaking at DICE Summit 2013, as reported by Destructoid, thatgamecompany boss Jenova Chen said that at the end of the two years of development Sony had agreed to fund, Journey wasn’t finished.

Interestingly, it wasn’t a technical issue that troubled the developer; it just wasn’t happy with the game’s emotional impact, noting better results when one tester’s playthrough crashed before the ending.

Sony agreed to fund a third year of development, but thatgamecompany took even longer than that, and ended up bankrupt, unable to pay its employees even as they continued to work on the game.

At the end of a play session showing off the completed game, three of 25 play testers cried, Chen said, making it all worthwhile.

Journey wowed critics and quickly became the best selling PlayStation Network release of all time.



  1. Telepathic.Geometry

    I love hearing news like this, although it scares the shit out of me, how a great dev can be killed off by one unlucky turn…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ps3fanboy

    if only ea and activision had been this dedicated to their games…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Hellhound30x

    Okay, I’m sick and tired of hearing about Journey. I think I’m going to go and buy it to see what all the fuss is about! (got my tissue paper ready.) lol…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. xxJPRACERxx

    “three of 25 play testers cried”… I hope it was because they weren’t paid and not because of the game. I think someone crying because of a game have serious emotional problems. Crying for a movie is borderline (if you’re a man. Women are known to be more emotional so it’s ok)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. polygem

    @4: someone holding back emotions is the one with emotional problems much more often…and because you name it, mostly men have serious problems with that, true.

    that said, i didn´t cry but the game definitley moved me and gave me the wet eye, made me almost cry. it really is kind of a spiritual game. i mean, without spoiling anything it is a game about dying, rebirth, reincarnation, everything is connected…unique gaming experience. totally worth it. art.

    #5 2 years ago

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