Friday, June 15, 2012

Going Independent

If you've ever seen me write about Journey or Flower you would know that I love That Game Company and Santa Monica Studios. They make some of the best games out there. Sure they are short and weird, but they bring art into gaming and making it into a fulfilling experience. So far all of their games have been PSN exclusives, but they just announced yesterday that they are going to be an independent developer now and that means they can now develop for other platforms, not just PS3 anymore. They were able to do this because of their success with Journey and generally being able to have enough money to not need a huge backer like Sony Computer Entertainment. They are also able to do this because of Mitch Lasky from Benchmark Capital, who seems to be backing them financially.

That Game Company,TGC, hasn't revealed what their next game is going to be yet, but they are already working on something and planning to release something on it sometime soon. We all know that could mean five months from now, but I'm excited to see the company growing and spreading itself to more platforms than just PSN. Last bit of recent news about TGC is that they made a demo for Journey, so if you were always worried about spending $15 on a four-five hour game you can now check it out. The demo is supposed to be just the first desert area from the game and it doesn't have multiplayer, but it doesn't also doesn't have a time limit. The demo should be out now on PSN in North America and Europe. For more information on That Game Company take a look at their website. Thanks for reading.

-Written by Sean Cargle


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