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Stop and Smell the Flower on PSN February 12th

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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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Wuggyboobeaufuf said:

January 19th, 3:06 pm


Daver said:

January 19th, 3:27 pm

its gonna be great! ill buy for sure

starblinky01 said:

January 19th, 3:28 pm

well im already buying this game for sure. Also I thought it was Zen genre? The new genre you guys invented.

Cant wait to play this, any idea how much it will cost?

vandam said:

January 19th, 3:33 pm

Is this just a singal player game or mutiplayer game? online or off?… Looks great but then again alot of PS3 games look great.. :D

AdversaryofGod said:

January 19th, 3:50 pm

This is exactly the kind of game I want to play after hard days of work. I really hope Flower last forever! I dont want to finish it in an evening…

FelonOnParole said:

January 19th, 3:57 pm

Not my kinda game..

tirminyl said:

January 19th, 4:41 pm

The game looks great! I can’t wait to pick it up!

OldSchool969 said:

January 19th, 4:50 pm

I won’t be able to play the damn game if you guys don’t fix the lock up issue while messaging.

TheHater said:

January 19th, 4:53 pm

Well Flower is another Buy for me. Do you guys have any idea what your next project is?

Oh and one trophy better be coming home from a long day at school and this game relax you :)

wutnowsucka said:

January 19th, 5:11 pm

So is it possible that we will be able to play our own music on the HDD of the PS3 and play through the game? More PS3 games need In-game XMB music integration D:

cb_32 said:

January 19th, 5:52 pm


Get your act together Sony and release the damned card in Canada and UK already.

enewtabie said:

January 19th, 5:58 pm

It’s a PSN game(Playstation Network) You download it. You don’t buy it on a disk.It’s probably under a gig at least. Times change

Morphine16 said:

January 19th, 6:18 pm

Will get this on day 1

Wuggyboobeaufuf said:

January 19th, 7:13 pm


Times only change if you let yourself be told they do.

Sony has a responsibility and a *duty* to satisfy *all* customers. If not all their customers want to download a game, then they have an *obligation* to make sure an alternative is there for other customers.

Right now, I’m one Peed off PS3/PSP owner.

Europe gets Echochrome on disc and we don’t? Unacceptable.

Europe gets Super Stardust PSP on disc and we don’t? Unacceptable.

Games available as downloads only? Unacceptable.

Until Sony removes its head from its rectum and decides to they’re going to meet the demands of *all* customers, they’re not getting my business.

And from the looks of things, they sure need it right about now.

Korlithiel said:

January 19th, 7:22 pm

So PS3 only then? Looks interesting, wish it was tagged for what system it’s planned to be released for.

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    Kellee Santiago said:

    January 20th, 11:23 am

    Yes, PS3 – via download on Playstation Network.

stlthriot said:

January 19th, 7:50 pm

Thanks much for your answers! I truly appreciate it. :)
As far as that co-op multiplayer goes, I was actually kind of hoping you would say it didn’t because it would be wierd for this game.
Flower looks truly amazing visually and aurally, I am definitely purchasing it on the 12th!

Also, any chance trophies are coming to flOw? :D

bdavid81 said:

January 19th, 7:58 pm

Looks cool. But my most anticipated title remains as Fat Princess.


January 19th, 8:22 pm

Ill give it to them, its beautiful, but its not my style at all.
Im waiting for FEAR 2 and KZ2. Im a bad dude. I know. Im awesome.

stlthriot said:

January 19th, 8:49 pm

I think thatgamecompany needs to make some visualizations for the PS3! A Flower visualization would be absolutely amazing! :D

Kronix said:

January 20th, 12:05 am

Looks great. I cant wait.

Bilbo_bobbins said:

January 20th, 2:40 am

all looking good. Might purchase this one. Nice and relaxing after a solid 5 hours on KZ2

Shin-Ra said:

January 20th, 6:05 am

Woo, PSN Sign-in!

Euro release date should be the same if is anything to go by. :)

Mana Knight said:

January 20th, 6:09 am

The game definitely looks really cool. I really want to play it. Seems very relaxing and seems good to play after a hard day.

Beyond8D said:

January 20th, 6:11 am

WOW great game.

Sneeches said:

January 20th, 6:15 am

game looks awesome, can’t wait to give it a try :)

feedme said:

January 20th, 6:19 am

excellent can’t wait to play this, loved flow

Victor1 said:

January 20th, 6:31 am

k00l been wanting 2 try this out…just hope my new hard drive comes so that i can fit it

Gaia said:

January 20th, 6:53 am

This game looks great, I will definitely be picking it up once it’s released :)

IceReign said:

January 20th, 7:00 am

Very interesting game..

kandal978 said:

January 20th, 7:17 am


madcrabs said:

January 20th, 8:01 am

I’m excited. That video is awesome.

Zaku said:

January 20th, 8:18 am

Game looks great and it’s nice to see unique titles like this gracing the PSN. Look forward to playing this :)

xenorevlis said:

January 20th, 8:30 am

After trying flower last year and experiencing what felt like the mental equivalent of a full body massage – I immediately purchased flow+expansion. Prior to flower I had no real interest i flow, but they are actual GAMES with hazards and objectives and yet… they are freeform and soothing beyond most anything I’ve ever played. Good job on this and Sony, PLEASE find some way to promote your PSN games like flower and Savage Moon.

I don’t mean another artsy commercial with thins on shirts and walls (as cool as that was) because it detracts from the art and visuals of the ACTUAL GAMES. If you can someho combine the cinematic element of a commercial and then have a ton of direct-feed game footage to show all this off – I PROMISE people will take notice.


January 20th, 8:31 am

Love the Unique gameplay from ‘thatgamecompany’will certainly get this as soon as it’s available.

djtortilla said:

January 20th, 8:34 am

cool, i will buy this game

DJ_DTM said:

January 20th, 8:37 am

I’ll probably buy it AFTER I play the FREE demo.

No demo, no purchase.

BigBoss712 said:

January 20th, 8:54 am

Loved Fl0w so I’m definitely getting this one. =)

ninja_55 said:

January 20th, 8:59 am

Seems very rlaxing. The graphics look great. Every strand of grass moves..argh the POWER of the CELL. You also said 5.1 sound? DAMNNN this is a day 1 purchase!

sarshelYam said:

January 20th, 9:07 am


I kind of don’t think the game even needs a demo. It’s pretty clear from the lengthy trailer what we’re intended to do…similarly it’s a cinch to decide if you like the premise/presentation…coupled with the fact there’s a relatively low risk in investment. Honestly, it’s not a 60.00 game (which really does need demo attachment).

Anyhow, I’ve been waiting on this for some time. I loved Flow and this looks to expand upon it in a fully realized 3D space with an aim to relax and de-stress. The 12th can’t come soon enough.

OmieeZF-LIVE said:

January 20th, 9:32 am

cant wait till i get this game

crustySox said:

January 20th, 9:35 am


TrueStoryGuy said:

January 20th, 10:00 am

I’m getting a huge kick about how big the worlds are. flOw had smaller worlds (or “screens”) and I never would have expected Flower to look so big.

Nice job, guys, can’t wait to get my hands on it!

AlexD169 said:

January 20th, 10:06 am

I can’t wait for this game

APaz said:

January 20th, 10:07 am

I’m definitely buying this as soon it comes out.

Chowbacca said:

January 20th, 10:08 am

This game looks innovative, can’t wait!

meepmoopmeep said:

January 20th, 10:08 am


DAY ONE buy for me!

keep bringing out these awesome unique PSN games!

bigbossarg said:

January 20th, 10:13 am

awesome now one question:
custom soundtracks? If yes then i buy this day one :D

Mike_Feith said:

January 20th, 10:14 am

Flower Power duuddeees. Pretty crazy how these little games here use more of the ps3 processing power than some of the top notch multi system games, not only that but they look great. Now your just showing off lol.

Ice_Pick said:

January 20th, 10:24 am

Wow…it looks great! I am really looking forward to this.

GeneralOfDeath said:

January 20th, 10:25 am

Flower… What do you do kinda looks a bit boring :O

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