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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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+ Darewind on June 27th, 2011 at 7:52 pm said:

I think the game seems very interesting but after reading some hand on impressions I am skeptecial about the controls.I read that you can only control the camera using the tilt function on the controller and the right joystick isn’t used at all.Hopefully there will be a demo to try as I am still on the fence with reagrds to buying the game.


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+ SpyDudeFX on June 27th, 2011 at 8:30 pm said:

I entered and hope to win a code.


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+ sNsKid on June 27th, 2011 at 8:31 pm said:

who has a beta code for @sNsKid?


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+ lbmanuel1 on June 27th, 2011 at 8:38 pm said:

Please let it be me. I’ve been on the edge of my seat every single time I watch JOURNEY. I wish this game would come out already. I would seriously pay more just to have it first!!!! TGC’s next masterpiece of a game.


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+ Roxas27 on June 28th, 2011 at 12:11 am said:

I want this game!!! Just from the visuals, it’s a first-day buy.


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+ OahuGrown on June 28th, 2011 at 1:24 am said:

Life’s a JOURNEY, enjoy the ride!


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+ Od1n757 on June 28th, 2011 at 4:58 am said:

this looks great but when is section8 prejudice coming to psn


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+ Chuckbait on June 28th, 2011 at 5:44 am said:

I bought flow and flower on day one, but if I don’t get into the beta, its all good. I’d probably rather wait until the full game comes out any ways. Can’t wait.


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+ Kinetic808 on June 28th, 2011 at 5:48 am said:

I love thatgamecompany! (yay!)
I meet all the requirements! (yay!)
I have the worst luck with getting into beta tests like this (boo!)…..keeping my fingers crossed!


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+ omani-00 on June 28th, 2011 at 6:26 am said:

Excited to play Journey .. Unique game

Thanks


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+ SpyDudeFX on June 28th, 2011 at 6:36 am said:

I got in and love it. Ran into another traveler so far.


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+ eyesofreality03 on June 28th, 2011 at 7:11 am said:

man i hope to get into the beta, got flower day one, flow day one and plus day one. all games are the best argument to prove that games can be interactive art. so simple yet complex, so rich and emotionally engaging. even if i dont get into the beta this will remain on my system after yet another loyal day one purchase. good work thatgamecompany!


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+ Korbei83 on June 28th, 2011 at 8:34 am said:

I’m glad the beta is being given to early adopters of Flower, since the PS+ is a given. The decision to give everyone PS+ membership feels like it has diluted its value for those of us who actually pay for it.

So glad I’m getting into the U3 beta early… along with everyone else. That code with Infamous 2 is utterly useless.

So.. screw the PS+ criteria and give access to everyone who bought Flower on day 1 and only on day 1.


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+ snake4308 on June 28th, 2011 at 12:02 pm said:

anyone have a spare voucher?


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+ Izanagi-no-Okami on June 28th, 2011 at 2:47 pm said:

I been one of those that have wanted to play this the day it was shown off; that said is there a date yet on when you guys think you’ll have it out by?


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+ VixDiesel on June 28th, 2011 at 7:35 pm said:

Did anyone who was an early adopted of Flower get anything on PSN today? I’m sad I didn’t.


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+ cresswga on June 28th, 2011 at 8:30 pm said:

VixDiesel – I did not. I bought Flower the day it came out and was hoping for one but nothing yet. But I have not heard of anyone who has received an email yet either.


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+ VixDiesel on June 28th, 2011 at 9:24 pm said:

cresswga – Same here, I got it day one and was hoping for something somewhere. I really can’t wait for this game.


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+ mig2107 on June 29th, 2011 at 12:02 am said:

Just finished the beta. My God is it beautiful…


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+ OSHAN on June 29th, 2011 at 6:48 am said:

Day one Flower for me and Plus subscriber as well, but no message in my XMB. Oh well. Very much looking forward to this game, though.


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+ BlueFrog007 on June 29th, 2011 at 3:15 pm said:

It’s quite possible that the beta is only open to US residents. I was a day 1 subscriber for PS+, and a purchaser of Flower, but didn’t get an invite. Oh well, I’ll just have to wait and enjoy the game when it’s released (and I’ll purchase it Day 1 as well).


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+ FatherB on June 30th, 2011 at 5:34 am said:

I got flower the day it came out and ps+ right away too but alas no beta for me


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+ Solid_Fish36 on June 30th, 2011 at 1:26 pm said:

Any price released? I only have 12 bucks and this game sounds awesome.


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+ VixDiesel on July 1st, 2011 at 9:41 am said:

So did anyone get an xmb invite?


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+ DarkAlder on July 4th, 2011 at 7:09 pm said:

jugue el beta y la verdad q bonito esta journey es un juego relajante como flower.


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+ Dred_lockz on July 5th, 2011 at 11:32 am said:

I was reading more about this game today and i like the idea. I can really tell and see the zen though this game just by watching. I love the out doors and mirrors edge and flower gave me that since can’t wait to try this.


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+ Bioswat96 on July 15th, 2011 at 12:13 am said:

Hmm…I like visuals but what is this game about,lol?I watched some videos but don’t know what is it about)


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