The Art Director On Journey And Flower Just Formed His Own Studio

The Art Director On Journey And Flower Just Formed His Own Studio

As unique as they are, the most striking thing about games like Flower and Journey may be their art styles. Now Matt Nava, the art director on both titles, has departed thatgamecompany to form his own development house, Giant Squid Studios, with the Los Angeles-based film and TV studio Ink Factory.

Nava is the creative director at the new studio, and he’s brought Nicholas Clark, another developer who worked on thatgamecompany’s titles, along with him as an advisor. Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory, whom you may remember did the music for Journey, is on board at least for the studio’s first project as well.

Nava announced the formation of Giant Squid on Twitter, where he used no less than six exclamation marks in three short sentences. He also revealed on Twitter that he designed that lovely logo himself. Seems like someone’s excited!

Ok, big news!!! I just started a game development studio!! It’s called Giant Squid! [Twitter via Joystiq]


  • Is there anybody left at thatgamecompany now other than Jenova Chen? I’m a little concerned about their next project considering how many people seem to have left since Journey. It wasn’t a big studio to begin with…

    • They were working off a three-game deal with Sony. Now that is complete, perhaps they haven’t been as successful in finding funding for a fourth game.

      • Or the majority of the staff were contracted for the three games. Now their contracts are up, they’d be free to do whatever they want to do.

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