This interview with Thatgamecompany's Jenova Chen makes me happy for a couple of reasons. The first is Chen's declaration that Journey broke even — it made its money back last year and the team continue to rake in the benefit of consistent sales of that evergreen video game. The second reason: Thatgamecompany is currently working on its next title.
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I was browsing Reddit casually last night and stumbled on this seemingly well-made Journey hoodie by user volpinazzurra (you can only tell so much from pictures). "It's reversible too," I excitedly proclaimed to myself and my cat. Quickly check the comments and... oh. Not for sale. Not on Etsy. Probably can't bribe volpinazzurra with cookies and money.
In the future, there may not be any more single-player games — but that doesn't mean what we seem to think it does every time some big publisher opens its big mouth and tells us that single-player games are dead. Epic, story-driven campaigns aren't going away; it's just that new forms of multiplayer are evolving in tandem with those experiences, rather than in opposition to them.
If you've played Journey (and if you haven't — get on that!) you'll know just how paramount Austin Wintory's subtle soundtrack was to the entire experience. Apparently the folks at the Grammy's agreed and, as a result, Journey became the first game to have a soundtrack nominated in the Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media award. Sadly, Austin Wintory lost out to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who won for their (admittedly awesome) work on Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but we still love you Austin! Awesome work getting this far!