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thatgamecompany Looking to Move Beyond PlayStation

Posted by Sammy Barker

Going on a Journey of its own

Thatgamecompany is looking to bring its titles to a “bigger audience”, studio co-founder Jenova Chen has told us in an exclusive interview.

The studio head noted that with Journey due to amble onto PlayStation Network next month, and the company’s three game exclusivity relationship with Sony completed, the team is looking to reach “beyond just PlayStation" with its future endeavours.

Chen told our Mike Mason:

Thatgamecompany had a three game contract with Sony, so the past three games had to be Sony exclusive. Right now we are very much exploring ways to bring our games to a bigger audience, beyond just PlayStation. We are still in the process of negotiating, but I hope that we can announce it [soon]. But right now it’s still in the process.

Thatgamecompany’s produced some of the most important PlayStation Network titles over the past five years. As such, we fully expected Sony to extend the studio’s contract indefinitely by welcoming the team into PlayStation’s first-party portfolio.

But it sounds like thatgamecompany has bigger ambitions, and while we’re excited to see whatever the team does next, it'd be sad if the company did decide to step away from PlayStation.

Stay tuned for our full interview with Jenova Chen next week.

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User Comments (4)

Slapshot

#1

Slapshot said:

Truthfully, I think their style of games fit perfectly on the PlayStation's demographic and would like to think they'd do better staying first party.

ro-kurorai

#2

ro-kurorai said:

as long as they're not forced to compromise sony's version due to reliance on ue3 and 360's disc size I'm cool with their decision

get2sammybAdmin

#3

get2sammyb said:

@Slapshot I totally agree with you. thatgamecompany's titles really speak to the PlayStation ethos, and while I'm happy for them to explore new avenues if that's what they desire, it would certainly be a shame to see them go.

You have to imagine — whatever happens — that Sony fought tooth and nail to keep them. We'll see.

ro-kurorai

#4

ro-kurorai said:

@get2sammyb I'm certain Sony wanted to include TGC into their first party, but ultimately TGC can decline the offer. Guess they prefer staying indie. I can't picture their unique games selling on XBLA though, too few guns and too little shooting.

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