Journey recoups development costs but dev’s new game still a long way off
Journey, the critically acclaimed indie game from ThatGameCompany, has recouped it’s development costs and is starting to make money, but the developer’s next game is a long way off, The Telegraph reports.
The newspaper was talking to co-founder Jenova Chen about the success of Journey and he said, “We made the money back last year, then this year we see royalties coming in.” Chen admitted that the success of the game was uncertain when it was first released, “When we finished Journey in January 2012 we hadn’t figured out where the money was coming for the next game or if Journey was going to make money. So we had to let everybody go. Only the founders were left.”
Now that it’s been seen to be a commercial success as well as a critical one, anticipation is growing to see the company will produce next but Chen has played down hopes of a swift release, It’s been almost a year now and we are still in a very pre, pre-production mode. It’s always been the pattern of ThatGameCompany that we spent 75 per cent of time doing R&D and a smaller portion of time on production.”
For those that can’t wait Flower, their previous game, will be coming to Vita soon. Although the company are not handling the port themselves, that’s being done by Bluepoint Games who were also responsible for the Ico & Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection, the game looks to be a perfect fit for the Vita’s controls.