In an interview that was published today, Feb. 11, 2013 by Polygon, Jenova Chen, the creator of the popular Playstation exclusive “Journey”, revealed some of his plans for the next game he wants to make, and talks about how the exclusivity of “Journey” actually hurt sales of the game. Chen stated that “Journey” was a financial disaster, as it was pushed back twice, and bankrupted its studio, thatgamecompany.
Moving forward to his next game, Chen explains that he doesn’t want to limit the amount of platforms the game is available on. He praises Sony, with their support and their willingness to delay “Journey” not one year, but two in order to make sure the best possible game was released, but he feels the next game has to be a much broader release.
"I wouldn't say that the development of Journey was a successful example of game development," he said. "We bankrupted the company."
"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."
“Journey” made headlines last year by being the first video game to be nominated for a Grammy award. Unfortunately, with the Grammys being aired last night, “Journey” did not win the award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, being beaten by the movie “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”.