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Stop and Smell the Flower on PSN February 12th

Kellee Santiago's Avatar Posted by President and co-founder of thatgamecompany


Hi! I am really happy to finally let the internets know the official launch date for Flower. Hooray for releasing games (It’s really my favorite part)!

Flower is a tough game to describe. We like to think of it as a video game version of a poem; an exploration into the tension between urban bustle and natural serenity. Players accumulate flower petals as the onscreen world swings between the pastoral and the chaotic.

But even at E3 this year, a lot of the responses in the press were “it’s tough to describe… you just have to play it.” Because it’s not fair to only ask game journalists to try and describe such a different game, I’ve also asked all the people here at TGC to describe. To keep things even, they could only use 10 words – we’ve had more time to think about the game:

Nick Clark (Game Designer):

A windy journey that lets you flOw in 3D.

Martin Middleton (programmer extraordinaire):

We hope you enjoy our flowers.

Matt Nava:

Flower’s simple concept conceals grander themes that will provoke thought.

Jenova Chen:

An interactive poem exploring the tension between urban & nature.

John (Lead Programmer) [John broke the rule, but earns points for style here]:

Flower, shower, power tower,
First class, string bass, grass en masse,
Sun, fun, nearly done,
Petal, metal, lightning gun?

Once the game is out, maybe I can get you all to submit your 10-word descriptions of the game, and we can see what comes out of it. (Yes, yes, snarky commenter, we know what you’re about to submit.) …I like to think that if we could have expressed it in words, we wouldn’t have made a game about it in the first place.

In honor of the announcement, we’ve got some gameplay footage for you below.

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jbat17 said:

January 19th, 9:51 am

this game has been getting a lot of good previews. good thing it comes out early feb. otherwise, it would be KILLZOWNED

(that made little sense, i know. just wanted to say KILLZOWNED)

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    Kellee Santiago said:

    January 19th, 4:40 pm

    Hahahaha that is the best phrase ever.

Dibbz said:

January 19th, 9:53 am

You guys are awesome. Day one. Hopefully UK PSN gets it the same day.

AceStrike said:

January 19th, 10:00 am

I’ve been looking forward to this game since it was announced. Glad to know it’s finally coming out soon, getting it day 1.

Half_life000111 said:

January 19th, 10:02 am

I’d like to see the price :)

WHAT said:

January 19th, 10:13 am

I’m not getting this so I give my 10 or less words to describe it now.

Boys picking pedals. Only possible on PlayStation annnnnd vogue.

Letters2Kay said:

January 19th, 10:15 am

Awesome, thanks, all!!! I’ve been a HUGE fan of flOw since its release (and even before) and I’ve been itching to get my hands on Flower. Can’t wait to lose myself in the gorgeous landscapes…

BTW- Just noticed the fact that the word “Flower” is the word “flOw” with a few extra letters. Nice. ;) Can we consider this a sequel to flOw, perhaps? Can I hope for a PSP version someday soon?

Again, thanks and I can’t wait! :)

BStreakX said:

January 19th, 10:23 am

Does it have full surround sound? Is the music mixed in 5.1? We need more 5.1 music mixes.

And thank you Sony for giving a game like Flower the spotlight, instead of the endless stream of testosterone shooters.

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    Kellee Santiago said:

    January 19th, 4:41 pm

    Yes, the audio was mixed in 5.1, so enjoy the experience!

    And yes, I would like to say thank you to Sony, too.

Jeigh said:

January 19th, 10:25 am


Enforcer_X said:

January 19th, 10:28 am

Yup buying it!

serendipiddy said:

January 19th, 10:31 am

Wuggyboobeaufuf said:

January 19th, 10:34 am

The only thing I am willing to smell is the fresh scent of the UMD.

Give me a UMD and you have a sale.

SolidSnake500 said:

January 19th, 10:36 am

I can’t wait… I love the game you guys put produce…

I’m already looking forward to the next one.

NewYork214 said:

January 19th, 10:37 am

wow actually looks kinda cool. i think ill pick this up. i thought this whole zen-genre thing was stupid but that game actually looks relaxing.

Neil said:

January 19th, 10:52 am

My most looked forward to game this generation.

ilkhani said:

January 19th, 10:56 am

Very cool, will be buying this game day one.
February is looking awesome right now.

Nsho said:

January 19th, 11:02 am

looks like a sonic game where u r supposed to collect things, except this is much better

mknightstalker said:

January 19th, 11:04 am

looks great. What is the price?

saintfighteraqua said:

January 19th, 11:09 am

Oh my gosh you are using Janice as your icon! She is the scariest muppet ever!

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    Kellee Santiago said:

    January 19th, 4:42 pm

    Janice is a peace loving muppet, and shouldn\’t be feared!

MariusElijah said:

January 19th, 11:25 am

Since not a lot people know how to describe it, I ask why not a Demo?

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    Kellee Santiago said:

    January 19th, 4:50 pm

    That\’s fair, and I can\’t answer for Sony on that, but personally I think the prices of downloadable games are so small that they kind of make demos unnecessary (this is my super short statement on this subject – email me if you want the long answer). Yes, our (the downloadable development community) teams are smaller, and our dev time is shorter, but our games make less money, and statistically they make a LOT less money when part of it is given away for free.

    I know you\’re taking a small financial risk by choosing to buy one of our games, but I hope you think it\’s worth it.

chubigans said:

January 19th, 11:28 am

Congrats Kellee! You guys deserve a break. :)

snazzyboy18 said:

January 19th, 11:29 am

me like unique games.

TopherTide said:

January 19th, 11:31 am

Looks awesome! I can not wait!

illegalprelude said:

January 19th, 11:31 am

Having owned PixelJunk Monsters and Eden, Flow and Blast Factor and Superstardust HD and another 10 PSN titles, I cannot wait for this game. Seems really different in the best way possible

acerazer1 said:

January 19th, 11:35 am

Yesssssssssssssssssss wooooooooooooo

I’m excited.

se7enthsign-psn said:

January 19th, 11:36 am

Wow. I’m not sure what to think just yet. Hopefully it has a little more depth than Flow did.

barom said:

January 19th, 11:38 am

w00t! been waiting for this game. Depending on the price I might just get this day 1. If not at the 10$ or under price, I’ll get it at a later date.

One thing though. Please say you guys implemented in-game custom music. This game really fits that feature (or at least from what I’ve seen). I’ll be buying this game regardless but if it’s not implemented then please consider a patch. I would really love to have it for this particular game.

Akayoda said:

January 19th, 11:48 am

what is so hard to explain. from the looks of it, it’s like the 3D version of 2D games like snake. where you go around eating things and get longer. just the size of the box is bigger

Johnny Sasaki said:

January 19th, 12:05 pm

Can we attack people, like in the Happening?

NewYork214 said:

January 19th, 12:22 pm

so when’s the next game going to be announced/teased? you going to have another 24 hour game makeathon type of thing again?

viprdude said:

January 19th, 12:24 pm

weird games…


January 19th, 12:28 pm

It looks really good! I can’t describe it… lol.

Two questions will this have In-game XMB Music access and any type of co-op?

Give us more details please!

Schitthammer said:

January 19th, 12:30 pm

I love the work the team did on flOw. I love it. I’m sure I’ll love Flower too! Can’t wait until Feb 12th!!!

Thanks again for bringing these new types of games to the PlayStation Network! :)

MegadethAndy said:

January 19th, 12:33 pm

Looks great, is it 720p or up to 1080p?

40cal said:

January 19th, 12:43 pm

Hey Kellee,

I have two questions. First, how much is flOwer going to be, and trophies?

I must say that this game looks beautifully amazing, I loved flOw so I have been waiting on this for a while.

Thanks for the heads up.

PullusPardus said:

January 19th, 12:46 pm

its a shame sites like IGN gave XBLA games award “Game of the year” while not giving any PSN games anything , infact they didnt show any intrest.


January 19th, 12:53 pm

SERIOUSLY! I thought for sure PJ Eden was at least going to be recognized. What happened? TSK TSK :/

DudeFX said:

January 19th, 1:00 pm

Game looks very fresh, innovative and fun. I’m guessing $9.99, def day one buy for me.

darkstar123 said:

January 19th, 1:02 pm

this looks awsome

KeyWii said:

January 19th, 1:12 pm

This is truly the most beautiful game I’ve ever seen.

lakaihigh said:

January 19th, 1:17 pm

looks very relaxing indeed! its flOw but new an in the year 2009! i love it.


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January 19th, 1:29 pm


PsychoEddie said:

January 19th, 1:35 pm

No guns? No flamethrowers? No grenades? No explosions? Where’s the joy in that!?

Jackal888 said:

January 19th, 1:42 pm

Flower looks awesome, I cannot wait to relax and play this game.

Shim said:

January 19th, 1:48 pm

Flower Power! ;)

Skater_Ricky said:

January 19th, 1:59 pm

Cant Wait!

Musiol said:

January 19th, 2:22 pm

Beautiful… simply amazing. Is there a chance to get a hi-res screen from game? I want it as my wallpaper :)

Ghostm said:

January 19th, 2:24 pm

2 days before my birthday. Sweet!

darkstar123 said:

January 19th, 2:34 pm

just a question will the psp be able to play this in remote play write back

Enigma777 said:

January 19th, 2:54 pm

wow! That game looks really peaceful and relaxing… good after those stressful days

YippyKiAy said:

January 19th, 3:01 pm

Does this game support trophies? BTW, Any date announced for Fat Princess?

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