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Developer thatgamecompany was bankrupt when it shipped ‘Journey’

Written by Josiah Renaudin

Indie developer¬†thatgamecompany is well known for delivering interesting, emotional titles on downloadable marketplaces. Even with a solid reputation and impressive game library, the company was bankrupt when it shipped last year’s Journey.

Main man Jenova Chen broke this news during a presentation at DICE, where he discussed his philosophy on game design and some facts about his team’s games. One particularly interesting slide centered on a letter from a 15-year-old player whose time with the PSN-exclusive title changed her life. Trust me, you should read it.

Looks like Journey shipped just in time to save the company, as well as affect a wide-range of people who needed a boost.

Did you get a chance to experience this game? Are you surprised that the developer was struggling so much? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

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Josiah Renaudin

When not writing about all the latest and greatest happenings in the video game industry, you can find Josiah on PSN, XBLA or Steam (Lionheart377). He has a soft spot for classic, turn-based RPGs, but also spends a great deal of time jumping from platform to platform and shooting dudes in the head.

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