Journey creator thatgamecompany will bring its next project to a wider selection of platforms to ensure that it is a financial success, says its co-founder Jenova Chen.
Speaking to Polygon, Chen said that while Journey was is critically adored, it wasn’t quite so successful from a business perspective.
“I wouldn’t say that the development of Journey was a successful example of game development,” he said. “We bankrupted the company. 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.”
Hinting at the direction of the cult developer’s next project, Chen added: “We want to make more artistic games. High quality, emotional games. I run into a lot of lost and frustrated students who study games to work on great art, but then find there is no place for them. I feel responsible for them because I showed them that is possible, but there is no place for them.”
He went on to say that he has resolved to make the next thatgamecompany title “a big financial success,” and that while Journey was “focused on connection,” the new game will attempt to go “one level above that.” “It’s very likely that’s impossible,” he added.