Journey Takes Its First Steps This March
Posted by Aaron on February 17th, 2012
Cross Posted from the U.S. PlayStation Blog and on behalf of Jenova Chen.
As you may know from my recent tweet, the development of our latest PlayStation Network game, Journey, is finally complete. And today, we’re very excited to announce the official release date for Journey. You will be able to download it from the PlayStation Store for $14.99 starting March 13th, 2012. Three years ago, our last game, Flower, was part of the Spring Fever event on PSN, and this year Journey will kick off this year’s Spring Fever. Look for more information on the highlight games and sales of this year’s Spring Fever event on the PlayStation.Blog in the coming weeks.
With each game we create, we want to bring something truly unique and authentic to the user. We want our players to experience something they have never felt before. Our first game for PSN was flOw in 2007, a meditative zen video game haiku. We followed that in 2009 with Flower, our video game version of a poem about the tension between urban bustle and natural serenity. Journey, our third game, is an interactive parable, an anonymous online adventure to experience a person’s life passage and their intersections with other’s.
You wake alone and surrounded by miles of burning, sprawling desert, and soon discover the looming mountaintop which is your goal. Faced with rolling sand dunes, age-old ruins, caves and howling winds, your passage will not be an easy one. The goal is to get to the mountaintop, but the experience along the way is discovering who you are, what this place is, and what your purpose is. Travel and explore this ancient, mysterious world alone, or with a stranger you meet along the way. Soar above ruins and glide across sands as you discover the secrets of a forgotten civilization. Featuring stunning visuals, haunting music, and unique online gameplay, Journey delivers an experience like no other.
This last Sunday, February 12th, was the anniversary of the launch of our previous game Flower. We started working on Journey right after Flower launched, and the past three years have flown by extremely fast. In these three years, we at thatgamecompany and our friends in SCEA Santa Monica Studio have faced many challenges together and emerged stronger. Much sweat and tears have been put into the development of the game, and many people have come and gone.
So for us, the Journey in the game has also become a metaphor for the development process of the game itself. Our team is very close to our own mountaintop; we are just a few short weeks away from letting the world experience what we’ve poured our hearts and souls into these last three years. I can’t describe how eager we are to let everyone finally play the game and hear about your experiences with it.
Stay tuned for more Journey news and updates in the coming weeks.
For those non-North American Journeyers, Journey will be released on March 14th in Europe, and March 15th in Japan.
February 17th, 2012 at 7:17 pm
I’m buying a PS3 for the first time just so I can play Journey. I’ll probably start playing other games I haven’t had a chance to, but Journey is special because it struck a note with me, a deep one that somehow brought back all the excitement and anticipation I use to feel when I encountered a game I just HAD to play.
February 19th, 2012 at 8:03 pm
Hey guys, congratulations on finishing the game! It’s been a long Journey…
March 13 can’t come soon enough. I’m very excited to finally be able to play it, even though I already know the ending
February 20th, 2012 at 6:07 pm
The release date is my birthday, could you guys get anymore awesome!!
February 21st, 2012 at 7:32 pm
I have every confidence this will be one of the most profound gaming experiences of 2012. You have my sincere best wishes for the launch, TGC.
February 23rd, 2012 at 3:14 am
Journey looks absolutely amazing, Congratulations to everyone at TGC for finishing such an incredible game, I loved the beta & I can’t wait to play the full game in march!!
February 23rd, 2012 at 12:43 pm
You, from TGC, have opened my eyes once again. Gaming is art, and a damn beautiful one coming from you guys.
February 24th, 2012 at 5:50 am
TGC brings gaming to the next level. Thank you. This is a quote from a Danish poet, (awkward official translation , but you get it)
“Yes, there is goal and meaning in our path -
but it’s the journey that is the labour’s worth.
February 27th, 2012 at 6:16 pm
Will Plus members be receiving a discount for Journey? I’d buy it either way, but was just wondering.