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Journey’s First Steps Post-E3

Randall Lowe's Avatar + Posted by Randall Lowe on Jun 27, 2011 // Associate Producer, SCEA Santa Monica Studio for Flower

Journey for PS3 (PSN)

Coming out of E3 a few weeks ago, we at thatgamecompany couldn’t be more excited about the reception our latest game, Journey, received from both the press and general showgoers. Journey is our third exclusive game with SCEA’s Santa Monica Studio for PS3 and PSN, and we’re trying something new, something that we hope changes the way people think about online gaming.

As you may have heard, in Journey, players take on the role of travelers headed to a mysterious mountain in the distance. But unlike our previous two games, flow and Flower, Journey presents our vision of what an online adventure can be. As you explore Journey, you may cross paths with other travelers. You can join and play with up to one other player at a time.

But what makes Journey different is that there are no online lobbies, no matchmaking, no PSN IDs, and no chat. You are the character, limited to the ways of communication of the character itself. Will you choose to travel together – or go your own way? What secrets lie in the mysterious, sand-covered ruins of this world?

Journey for PS3 (PSN)Journey

We had a great time at E3 talking to all of the press that stopped by the Sony booth. And we couldn’t be more proud after Journey took home some great awards like PlayStation: The Official Magazine’s Most Valuable Game award, Machinima’s Best Downloadable Game award and Examiner’s Living Art award, as well as Best PS3 game nominations from IGN, G4TV and GameSpy, as well as a Best Original Game nomination from the E3 Game Critics.

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To test Journey’s innovative and unusual multiplayer functionality, we are conducting a small, invite-only beta that will run tomorrow, June 28 and will run through July 12. If you were one of the very earliest adopters of Flower, and you are a PS Plus subscriber as well, watch your XMB inbox for your invitation and entry into the beta. Additionally, we’ve been able to free up a limited number of additional spots for the beta. Please check thatgamecompany’s Facebook page, here on the PlayStation Blog, or our media partners and their sites for code give-aways.

We will be inviting players to join our weekly play sessions in order to help test our network code and all of the technical stuff running in the background of the game. You will also be able to provide feedback to the team on your experience. These sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 6 PM to 10 PM PST.

Thanks, and keep watching the blog, and our Facebook page, for the latest on Journey.

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+ OnePieceAnime on June 27th, 2011 at 7:05 am said:

I am really wondering how good Journey will be.
The visuals are top notch, and the sound effects sound nice too, but I ever since I heard there were no PSN IDs or chat, I became rather worried how good it would be on release.


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+ mystikalguy on June 27th, 2011 at 7:09 am said:

Sweet, looking forward to this game. I loved flower & Journey looks like an amazing journey :)


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+ Link01 on June 27th, 2011 at 7:16 am said:

Hopefully I’ll get in. Day 1 buyer of Flower and Plus Subscriber. Also, thanks for the section in your forums to help future game developers. I wish it was cleared up a bit. Thanks though.


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+ Amans91 on June 27th, 2011 at 7:16 am said:

would love a code, definitely getting this when it comes out


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+ XxEnd-LeSS713xX on June 27th, 2011 at 7:18 am said:

Hope I get in , game sounds good.


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+ Sarge435 on June 27th, 2011 at 7:22 am said:

I don’t think this will be a best seller.


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+ Berae on June 27th, 2011 at 7:27 am said:

This game will be fantastic like the 2 others!


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+ nbnt on June 27th, 2011 at 7:29 am said:

Loved Flower and I’m a Plus member ;).. you know what I mean.. T_T


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+ Blade133 on June 27th, 2011 at 7:32 am said:

Will you guys also be giving codes out via Twitter, or will it only be through Facebook?


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+ stlthriot on June 27th, 2011 at 7:32 am said:

Sweet! I know I bought Flower day one and I’m a PS+ member so I sure hope I see the invite when I get home! =)


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+ stlthriot on June 27th, 2011 at 7:33 am said:

Btw, I know this is out of topic but it would be wicked if we could access our messages, redeem codes and the psn store from a PC. Would be awesome to be able to do things when away from the ps3! :D


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+ Airwalkinman17 on June 27th, 2011 at 7:34 am said:

I like the fact that it has NO online communication. It reminds me somewhat of Demons Souls where its about a solitary experience (although being two completely different games). I am highly anticipating this title and believe that this’ll be thatgamecompany’s best game yet!


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+ Surfaced on June 27th, 2011 at 7:44 am said:

Wow I hope I get in on this beta.

-I obviously have PS Plus
-I bought Flower the day it was released, a few hours after it was put on the PS Store.

On the other hand, participating in the beta may spoil the final product. And experiencing the final product under ideal circumstances is paramount.


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+ zombie9 on June 27th, 2011 at 7:56 am said:

I just saw on Battlefield 3 BLOG had some of these awards too. Do they just give them out to every one. LOL:) I need to go to E3 so I can get my award too. But game does look cool.


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+ BigBoss712 on June 27th, 2011 at 8:03 am said:

Good work guys, was great to finally see some journey gameplay, it sure didn’t disappoint, will be checking my inbox, hope to get one.


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+ Sharingan_itachi on June 27th, 2011 at 8:11 am said:

Earliest adopter of Flower? Yes
fl0w? (Yes)
PS Plus? YES.

Lets hope I get in.


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+ DZORMAGEN on June 27th, 2011 at 8:21 am said:

Earliest adopter of Flower?

How early is early?

I am a Plus Member since 1st month


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+ Tomm4118 on June 27th, 2011 at 8:32 am said:

What exactly does “earliest adopter of Flower” mean?
I love Flower the game, but I didn’t really get into it until later on; partly because I hadn’t heard of the game until quite some time after it was released. Does this not qualify me to be a Beta tester then? =(
I would love for the chance to test this game; it’s my perfect game. If there was ever a game that had me be as passionate–about art and gaming, as Journey does, I would jump at the chance in a heart beat, no doubt.


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+ joshtorres on June 27th, 2011 at 8:33 am said:

beta please


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+ JonJonXD on June 27th, 2011 at 8:52 am said:

This is a very fair way to get into the beta. I was a Day 1 Flower buyer myself.

What a great game.


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+ rmartinez10 on June 27th, 2011 at 8:54 am said:

Day 1 purchaser of Flower and PS+ subscriber. Hope I get in on this beta. Anything that thatgamecompany puts out is gold, I tell ya. Gold!


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+ chriz704 on June 27th, 2011 at 8:55 am said:

Here hoping that I will receive an invite :) But with all things aside I am excited for this, thank you guys.


Chris


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+ Craazy on June 27th, 2011 at 8:56 am said:

Day 1 Flow, Day 1 Flower, Day 1 Journey


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+ perrandy on June 27th, 2011 at 8:56 am said:

i can say that flower was a pretty relaxing type of game. however, it seems that this game will be rather depressing in scope. sorry if i am this blunt earlier when the game is not even out then. but from what i have heard the game tries to make you feel how alone all we are and the like.hope i’m wrong..


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+ tiziusa on June 27th, 2011 at 8:57 am said:

Beta Beta beta ^^


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+ TheUndertaker85 on June 27th, 2011 at 9:04 am said:

I’m really looking forward to Journey. That said…

I realize the angle you want to go for with this game. You are the character, giving you a much bigger feeling of immersion. But… I think keeping out voice chat to some extent could be a mistake. Even with a distance based voice chat system or “party up” sort of system having voice chat makes any game easier and much more interactive.


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+ guitarded77 on June 27th, 2011 at 9:09 am said:

I bought Flower day one and PS+ day one… I best get in this beta.


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+ marlyt on June 27th, 2011 at 9:22 am said:

I like your “brag table.” Gotta be gratifying after all the hard work.


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+ Zim21 on June 27th, 2011 at 9:30 am said:

I bought both Flow and Flower on launch day and I am a PS+ member…. just saying. Keep up the good job.


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+ mtnman3888 on June 27th, 2011 at 9:33 am said:

Really looking forward to this game, definite day one purchase for me. Is there any way to find friends and play with them?


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+ TLSBill on June 27th, 2011 at 9:40 am said:

Great news! This Journey is going to be a very neat expermient, and hope you’ll share some of what you find out about us as I’m curious myself. Things like how many rushed to the mountain .vs explorers, how many of us worked as a team, and how many preferred to be on our own…


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+ VectorRaven on June 27th, 2011 at 9:45 am said:

To the first poster. There is no chat in Demons Souls and its one of the best games ever made. ThatGameCompany knows their stuff. They haven’t let me down yet. This looks to be something special once again.


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+ Voodoo_Lou on June 27th, 2011 at 9:50 am said:

Looks like another amazing experience from the minds at ThatGameCompany. Congrats to anyone who gets to experience early.


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+ Elvick_ on June 27th, 2011 at 10:01 am said:

Well I’m pretty sure I bought Flower the day it released, was sitting around all day waiting for the update. Seemed like forever. Got PS+ not long after it came out too. Hopefully I get it.


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+ VixDiesel on June 27th, 2011 at 10:19 am said:

I would love to get into this. Got Flower the day it came out and I still play it from time to time. Love it.


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+ Kirkpad on June 27th, 2011 at 10:20 am said:

Woot!! I bought flower like… when the store updated practically.


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+ SoundAgent055 on June 27th, 2011 at 10:31 am said:

Lookin forward to it! loved Flower and Flow. Most under-rated psn games ever


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+ wocyob on June 27th, 2011 at 10:31 am said:

nice im pretty sure i got flower day one… well will see if i did if i get a code or not

cant wait


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+ gor1llap1mp on June 27th, 2011 at 10:32 am said:

If we bought Flower on day one and are PS+ subscribers, does that solidify our spot in the beta 100%


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+ Bigska on June 27th, 2011 at 10:52 am said:

Now I wish I wouldn’t have sent my PS3 in to get fixed some time ago. I lost my original PSN account with Flower. Most likely no Journey Beta for me. :(


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+ Wolf26pack on June 27th, 2011 at 12:21 pm said:

I am quite intrigued by this game, I love the Art style and would love to try it out myself. Here’s to hoping I get into the Beta. Either way Good Luck to all those in the running. :-)


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+ KoReAnFiRe on June 27th, 2011 at 12:43 pm said:

So I can’t participate because I didn’t buy Flower on Day one…. I have a full year ps plus account


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+ lisatsunami on June 27th, 2011 at 1:54 pm said:

I saw the interview on G4 from E3. I echo the earlier poster that my first thought was this was a non multiplayer online experience, like Demon Souls which was effing fantastic, particularly in their innovative use of online. You took that concept but didn’t make the point to invade and kill a stranger, but to allow us to decide how to interact. So very, very intelligent. I don’t look to gaming for cerebral input, but how wonderful that there is a successful indie that is giving us that rare aspect in gaming. Kudos to Sony for giving brilliant and innovative developers a supportive home.


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+ KGH on June 27th, 2011 at 2:44 pm said:

I bought Flower day 1, hopefully i get in. I’ve only been a ps+ subscriber due to the welcome back program, but hopefully that still counts! I’ve been waiting for this game ever since it was announced, and plan on getting it day one, but if you ask me I think this game is taking itself a little too seriously….I just want to have fun


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+ Spetsnas on June 27th, 2011 at 3:34 pm said:

Hope I have a chance to help with the beta!


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+ angelspawn77 on June 27th, 2011 at 3:55 pm said:

I’m looking forward to this game and I loved flower very much, but I have a question, any chance you guys could get 3D support for flower? That game seems perfect for it and I’d love to play it in 3D making it perhaps more immersive.


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+ MiiAmigo on June 27th, 2011 at 4:23 pm said:

So if I get PS+ now would it be enough to qualify. I sure supported flOwer since day one and flOw too.


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+ DarkRecoil on June 27th, 2011 at 4:52 pm said:

flOw was fun, but flower was waaaay to wussy for my own tastes, butt i gotta hand it to Jenova & crew, Journey is looking LIGHT YEARS ahead of the other two games.

and any highly aesthetically artistic game which manages to be simultaneously relevant and fun to pick up and play certainly deserves all those awards imo. Here’s hoping the finished game surprises us even more the the E3 display :)

PS why isn’t this post featured on the top right of the page? all the old posts from a few days back are still there. if it wasn’t for the heads-up on the EU blog i woulda totally missed this.


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+ ajritchie on June 27th, 2011 at 5:00 pm said:

Release date, please? I realize you guys want to get the game just right and appreciate all of the work that went into Flower and Flow, but it has been an agonizingly long time since we first heard about the game.


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+ Ethereal on June 27th, 2011 at 6:37 pm said:

PS + subscriber and bought flower day one. Hope I get an invitation! Looks amazing. Anything from you guys is a day one for me.


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