The Art of Journey Releases in September

Posted by on August 27th, 2012


Seeing how Journey has resonated with players across the world, we wanted to work with the Santa Monica Studio to provide a deeper look into the visual development behind this critically acclaimed hit. So, we’re excited to let everyone know that we will be presenting you with a wonderful first-time look at the extensive artwork that went into bringing Journey to life. It’s the first book directly inspired by one of our games and is titled The Art of Journey and will be available for purchase in September.

This book, designed and written by Matt Nava, art director on Journey, provides an insider’s view into the stylistic influences, narrative functions, and game design goals that shaped the final look of the game. Readers will discover how Journey’s landscapes, cut-scenes, and much-loved robed traveler came to be. For your enjoyment, The Art of Journey will come bound as an embossed hardcover book filled with gorgeous concept art, intricate pencil drawings, and 3D models printed in full color on art-quality paper.

In addition, the book has an innovative “augmented reality” feature powered by the Daqri 4D platform. By downloading a free companion app, readers will be able to point their smartphone or tablet’s camera at special images and see animated 3D models appear straight from the game. It’s a truly unique and innovative way to more fully experience the artwork of Journey.

We are especially proud to include a tribute in the book to the game’s players. Journey’s touching experience and memorable visuals have inspired many players to create their own artwork. Matt has collected some of the team’s favorites in a special fan art section which I hope will speak to those of you who have been moved by the Journey experience.

The Art of Journey will be accompanied by a voucher that will allow readers to download a free copy of the game’s soundtrack to their PS3.

Please continue to stay tuned for updates and sneak peeks for The Art of Journey. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the Journey Collector’s Edition, which will be available on store shelves this coming Tuesday, August 28.



Comment by: Kevin Williams

August 27th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Is the book available for pre-order anywhere yet?

Comment by: DreamsCreator Shuen

August 27th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I hope it can be available in Hong Kong, if not, Can I pre-order it in your store?

Comment by: mark

August 27th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Can you put this on amazon or something, so its easy for everyone around the world to order(I’m from Australia).

Comment by: Renee

August 27th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Are you possibly accepting fan art submissions for this book?

Comment by: Jonathan Tiong

August 27th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I’m so excited for you! Your video was sending chills in waves.

Comment by: Johnno

August 27th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Will the augmented reality app also be available for PS3 users using PSEye or a webcam attachment, or the Vita, or how about the PC using a webcam? Or all three? I don’t have any of the fancy cellphones or tablets, spreading out the options would be nice!

Comment by: Seeker

August 28th, 2012 at 12:10 am

Renee, the book is bring released next month and is already well in its print production. You’re a little late on that one.

Comment by: Amish Gramish

August 28th, 2012 at 2:46 am

The book isn’t open for pre-orders yet.
Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages to see when it does open up for pre-orders somewhere.

I’ll try to see if we can get it up on the TGC store. There has been a huge amount of support for us selling it, so I’ll see what we can do.

Comment by: Amish Gramish

August 28th, 2012 at 2:49 am

We aren’t accepting fan art and we never solicited any fan art for the book. Matt and Sony asked specific people to use their fan art. (I helped with translating for Japanese people.)
Thanks for sharing your art, by the way!

From what we know at this point, it will only be available on iOS and Android products. If they bring it to the PC, Vita, or PS3, we’ll update it on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Comment by: Michelle

August 28th, 2012 at 4:31 am

Seeing my photographies in this book makes me so, so happy. Thank you very much TGC for making this possible :)

Comment by: Corky McButterpants

August 28th, 2012 at 4:59 am

‘Seeing how Journey has resonated with players across the world,’

…means that this book HAS to be available to ‘players across the world’. It would be a huge slap in the face if you restricted distribution to the US alone.

I would definitely pay a premium to own this. Please make it happen. >_<

Comment by: Haley

August 28th, 2012 at 6:09 am

Wow! I’m very excited to see this!
Any idea how much it will be on release? I will be watching for the pre-order!

Comment by: Rags

August 28th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Will Journey be re-released to support the Oculus Rift?

Comment by: Trish

August 28th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Amazing! I am excited for this book even more after watching the video, the printer/book design studio you are working with sounds like they care about how they craft their books which I feel will really do Journey the justice and care it is due. It’s going to be special! I know it!

Comment by: Amish Gramish

August 28th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

@Corky McButterpants: (Love the name)
If Sony restricts the sale from Europeans on sites like, it means that they’re trying to get it released.
We don’t know what Sony’s specific plans are for regions or pricing at this point, but we’ll update our Facebook and Twitter pages with info when it comes up.

Comment by: Amish Gramish

August 28th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Currently we only know that it’ll be released in September.

No, it won’t be updated to support the Oculus Rift.
We’re hard at work on our next game, so we can’t really spend the time and retroactively update our games for it, even though it sounds cool. :)

Comment by: Rene

August 29th, 2012 at 12:09 am

Can’t wait till it’s here..

Quite literally.. can’t wait..

Comment by: rene

August 30th, 2012 at 8:48 pm


Comment by: Christian

September 1st, 2012 at 5:57 am

any chance for a collectors edition with the physical soundtrack?

Comment by: kcwside

September 1st, 2012 at 9:45 am

I am graphic designer in Korea.
Journey to the amazing was impressed.
Emotional, and that is fantastic.

Journey art book, I want to have.
When can I buy art book, is it?

Web site that you can purchase
Please let me know.

Comment by: Amish Gramish

September 1st, 2012 at 3:10 pm

There won’t be a bundle of both, so the best thing you can do is just buy the CE and the CD.

We might have the art book up on our store, , but we do know too much about availability at this time.
You can follow @TGCStore on Twitter or keep an eye out on our store to see if you can get it.

Comment by: Mike

September 2nd, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Any details on the size of the book or number of pages?

Hopefully it’s bigger than the artbooks included in most CE of games.

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September 3rd, 2012 at 7:25 am

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Comment by: Sunni

September 5th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

@Mike this is a full-fledged art book, at almost 200 pages. I just saw and held the actual final book for the first time myself, it’s very pretty. :)

The book is 9 inches x 12 inches across, with a special gold embossed logo on the front cover.

Comment by: moony

September 5th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I want to buy this… Do you know when and where I can buy this book?

Comment by: luffeN

September 6th, 2012 at 12:31 am

it is out at

Comment by: Paul

September 8th, 2012 at 9:32 am

I sincerely hope that you make this available worldwide, or at the very least to Europe. Europe have already been disappointed with the lack of the Collector’s Edition in their region and a lack of this in-addition would be truly sad. Please please please consider other regions with this release.

Comment by: thehitman1398

September 9th, 2012 at 12:01 am

I just pre-ordered my art-book. I would love to know if I’m with-in the 750. Not to sell, but to have great art-work, singed by great people. I’m almost biting my nails of to see if it is. Is there anyway to find out if I am?

Comment by: Daniel

September 9th, 2012 at 6:32 am

I am from Australia and i am trying to pre-order the book from

And every time i submit i get “Transaction Declined” are you blocking people from overseas from pre-ordering the book?

Comment by: Sunni

September 10th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

From the official bluecanvas page: INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: The Art of Journey will be available on Amazon at the beginning of October. We suggest you hold your order till then to receive the best shipping rates.

Comment by: Daniel

September 10th, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Thanks for that Sunni, i did not see it on their page.

Still a shame though would have loved to get one of those singed copies while they were still available. :(

Comment by: Justin

October 4th, 2012 at 4:04 am

I hope this book becomaes available in South Africa.
I have played this game so many times and loved everytime I play it. It moves me like never before. Thank you TGC you really made my year with this game.

Comment by: NEETproxy

October 5th, 2012 at 2:05 am

Is this still coming out? It says the release was mid to late September and now were going on mid October and I haven’t heard anything. Anyone know what’s up?

Comment by: WazWii

December 18th, 2012 at 10:51 am


Does anyone know if this is still scheduled to arrive in the UK?

I can then decide whether or not to import one.

I hope someone can help.


Comment by: Sunni

December 18th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

International customers can find more information about purchasing The Art of Journey here:
The best option is to purchase through Amazon. I hope this helps!

Comment by: amelie

February 23rd, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I just bought this book and it’s just the best book i ever had, there are so many artworks inside, it’s rare to see art books with that amount of pictures!

If you have the occasion to have this book in your hands, look at under the paper cover there are a wonderful red cover.

Hope the best for the people of That game company, they are doing a great job :)

Comment by: Rachel

March 5th, 2013 at 8:04 am

Is the book available in the uk yet? If not, when will it be available? How can I get it if its not available?

Comment by: Zakiya

May 27th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

will the art of journey be re-available for purchase any time soon, by any chance?

Comment by: Yossi

June 13th, 2013 at 5:24 am

Will the book be re-published any time soon? Out of the US, even? I live in Europe and I’m dying to get my hands on this!! Importing it through made this book uncredibly expensive due to Amazon’s ridiculous shipping fee policy, there’s no way I could’ve afforded it! Please have a heart for your non-US-American fans!

Comment by: Sasha

June 13th, 2013 at 11:57 am

Please re-publish the art book, im dying to buy it!

/ A big fan from Sweden

Comment by: Tesume

June 15th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Please re-publish the book again!! I rented a ps3 exclusively to play Journey and now I’m dying to have the artbook!

Comment by: Aaron

June 18th, 2013 at 10:32 pm

@Zakiya, Yossi, Sasha, & Tesume:
We didn’t make the book, Bluecanvas Inc. produced and published it.
They currently don’t have any plans to republish the book, but if they change their minds, you’ll have to look at their social media pages to see if they decide to make more.

Comment by: Airflow

October 22nd, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Please re-publish the book again!!

Comment by: Aaron

October 25th, 2013 at 6:07 am

Bluecanvas is reprinting the book.
You can get a signed pre-order of the book here:

If you are an international purchaser, you should wait until it is sold on, which will have $8-12 shipping, much less than the $40 offered.

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