“Journey” became a critically-beloved game that has been awarded numerous accolades, including a Grammy nomination for its beautiful score. It even broke sales on the PSN. But Thatgamecompany, the creators of the game, were driven out of business by its production, Eddie Makuch for Gamespot reports on Feb. 11.
"I wouldn't say that the development of Journey was a successful example of game development," Journey creator Jenova Chen told Polygon. "We bankrupted the company." Chen was quick to add, though, that Thatgamecompany did manage to make its money back from “Journey,” and then some; but its release as a PlayStation 3 exclusive hurt its chance for more profit.
"I think to have a financial success, that is going to change everyone, it has to be much bigger than a game on the Playstation platform," Chen said.
“The next game from ThatGameCompany, which Chen would not talk about,” Makuch writes, “is aiming to release on multiple platforms. The developer last June secured $5.5 million in venture capital funding for this game.” Also, “the studio is planning a "full-scale online service" for its next game that will accommodate hundreds of thousands of users.”
For more information, check out Eddie Makuch’s Gamespot article.