Thatgamecompany Going Multiplatform
Written Friday, June 15, 2012 By Lee Bradley
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Thatgamecompany is to break away from Sony and become an independent, multiplatform studio, after raising $5.5 million in funding.

The developers of Flower and Journey attracted the investment from Benchmark Capital, with the deal seeing the firm’s general partner Mitch Lasky installed on the board of directors.

"The intent of the investment is to provide the resources for thatgamecompany to remain independent, so they can innovate with complete autonomy from the pressures of platforms and publishers," said Lasky.

"I am really excited about getting to work with Jenova and his team to help build thatgamecompany into a global entertainment company."

Thatgamecompany creative director Jenova Chen added, "We got so many emails from fans saying they wished they could play our games on other platforms. We make games for human beings, not just gamers. Young, old, men, women, and from all countries. We want to change the concept of what a game is and show society what a game can be.”

“We are at a point in the video game industry that the industry is hollowed out," continued Lasky. "It is out of touch with the zeitgeist, creating sequels and formulaic games over and over again. The energy comes from the indies.

“It’s a great time for Jenova to be completely unfettered when it comes to innovation. He is ready to spread his wings now.”

Thatgamecompany’s release of Journey - the best-selling PSN game of all time - marked the completion of a three game "incubation" deal with Sony Santa Monica. Giant Sparrow, the studio behind The Unfinished Swan, have taken TGC’s place, signing a similar deal.

[via VentureBeat]


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Comment #1 by DMCV
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 08:55:55 AM
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If you love something, set it free.

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Comment #2 by Goldjit
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 09:31:16 AM
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You are one of the greatest already. Now because one of the biggest! :D

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Comment #3 by CaptainJeff87
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 09:59:35 AM
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Well I am happy for the company branching out and making more money, I'm also a bit sad. No longer will us Sony fans have something against the Xbots who constantly cling to their system and say "lol Sony has no good exclusives we have better games etc!"

These games were always the better exclusives we had over Microsoft.

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Comment #4 by SoPoF
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 10:00:23 AM
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I hope they don't forget who made them big.

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Comment #5 by John Marston
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 10:01:06 AM
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Watch Sony put a sale on these games to fuck em over.

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Comment #6 by PS3isKing
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 10:07:20 AM
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I'm happy for them. As long as the games they made for the PS3 stays exclusive it's great news.

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Comment #7 by Rafie
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 10:09:09 AM
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I'm happy for them. I'll continue to support them. I just wish that other developers would follow suit with their mindset. We have been wanting games that was "only on Xbox", but couldn't because MS put exclusivity on it. That actually shows that Sony didn't bully thatgamecompany and let them branch out. Pretty cool if you ask me!

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Comment #8 by BlakeyBlake999
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 10:20:38 AM
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good for them but i hope they dont end up ruining themselves by forgetting about how much better their games were made with motion controlls .ect

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Comment #9 by LukeyCow
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 10:28:38 AM
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Id prefer it if they didn't just for bragging rights but I guess its better for the company. They will certainly become a lot bigger the more they spread out, the only problem is that now the games wont have the same polish they had, they never do.

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Comment #11 by DanDx
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 10:37:31 AM
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"It is out of touch with the zeitgeist, creating sequels and formulaic games over and over again. The energy comes from the indies."

Wow, seriously, dude, what a complete asshole, there are tons of amazing great games that came out and are still coming out. We're here to play, not watch a glorified movie.

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Comment #12 by Rafie
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 10:40:20 AM
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@10 Why are you so angry lately? I've noticed that in other threads as well.

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Comment #13 by Biggs
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 11:28:22 AM
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@10 a little more agressive than Id put it lol but I agree

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Comment #14 by AshtimusPrime
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 12:14:56 PM
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@10 they certainly do sound like hypocrites, so I'd be annoyed too.

Still, I've never played any of their games and they don't look like they'd interest me either. All the best and blah blah blah.

@3 that's just wrong. There are plenty of other exclusives, from first and third party studios. The loss of this company's exclusive games (although I imagine they'll still be released on PS3) is no big deal.

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Comment #15 by SilverGriever
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 12:28:26 PM
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I never cared about these games. I know they are more ART than game, and that's fine, I can appreciate art in video games. But I just think its boring to play a work of art if it doesn't also have value as a game.

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Comment #16 by bigdrama
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 02:34:11 PM
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MJC definitely provides a valid point regarding the hypocrisy of TGC going multi-plat after stating PS3 gamers were their target demo.

From a personal point of view I'm sad to see TGC go multi-plat as I enjoyed the calming effect that Flower had on me and have looked forward to eventually playing Journey as well.

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Comment #17 by skinfanfromIL
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 03:31:20 PM
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I can't stop laughing after reading comment 10.

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Comment #18 by DJDagurasu
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 04:01:54 PM
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"The energy comes from the Indies."


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Comment #19 by Supermik884
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 04:04:18 PM
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@10 So changing your mind and trying new thing make you a hypocrite? Your're serious? Except for you're last paragraph, everything you said is f*cking bullshit. You hate their game, ok, just STFU.

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Comment #20 by SoPoF
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 05:24:26 PM
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@10: Whoa, you got PMS or something?

"they're ... hypocrites. What happened to "The player who owns a PlayStation 3 [and is playing PSN titles] is more likely to be interested in artistic games compared to Wii and Xbox 360" ...?"

You might want to go have some math classes. PlayStation owners to be more likely to enjoy artsy games doesn't mean there are no such players on Wii & X-Box. (And the original statement was very questionable to begin with anyways.)

Personally, I consider multiplat good unless it influences the games' performance to the worse. What do I care who else gets to play and who not? This exclusive deal was good because it allowed them to make these three games, all of which I enjoyed very much, so I'm not complaining, but I don't expect them to stick with Sony exclusivity forever. The deal was three games, those they delivered, fine, next.

Hope their next game will be equally interesting and available on PSN. (Among others.)

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Comment #21 by SoPoF
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 05:26:20 PM
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Edit: Also, how do you even know their next game will be of the "artistic" kind they think PS3 owners like the most? Maybe the plan to do something for tabletsor for Wii now according to what those players like.

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Comment #22 by lutfinator
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 05:44:23 PM
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This is a great opportunity for them to branch out to all forms of gamers and really get their products even more recognition then they already had. I am really excited.

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Comment #23 by dementedlullaby
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 08:21:02 PM
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Time for them to spread their wings and fly. They can do it and deserve to make loads in the process!

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Comment #24 by RabidJellyfish
Saturday, June 16, 2012 @ 02:22:06 PM
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Maybe this means Journey will come to PC :D

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Comment #25 by TALESHUNTER1
Thursday, June 21, 2012 @ 12:02:52 AM
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I wanted to see what #10 said, but his comment is gone... anyways, congrats on journey! Hope we will see even more artistic games in this era of violent and gory video games.

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Comment #26 by demoplay86
Thursday, June 21, 2012 @ 08:20:33 AM
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On one hand I wanna say "TRAITORS!!" but on the other hand, I wanna say "Good for them." They deserve any extra money they make from going multi-platform. I just think it sucks that Playstation loses yet another awesome exclusive. Eitherway, here's to the next TGC game! And hopefully a Release of Cloud on PSN

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