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Leah posted a article in Industry NewsJourney may have been one of the top games of 2012, but its development wasn't without hardship. "I wouldn't say that the development of Journey was a successful example of game development. We bankrupted the company," thatgamecompany founder Jenova Chen told Polygon during DICE 2013. Journey may have also sold well on top of being well-received, but Chen wants an even more commercially successful game while still remaining just as artistic and emotional. "I run into a lot of lost and frustrated students who study games to work on great art ... I feel responsible for them because I showed them that is possible, but there is no place for them," Chen says. So, in order to make that a reality, thatgamecompany's next game will be multiplatform. "I think to have a financial success, that is going to change everyone, it has to be much bigger than a game on the PlayStation platform," Chen says regarding the matter. Nothing is known yet about the new game, but Chen leaves us with this: "Journey was focused on connection. I think we are trying to do one level above that with this game."
To celebrate the success of Journey and its incredible artwork, thatgamecompany co-founder Jenova Chen announced earlier on the Playstation Blog that a book entitled The Art of Journey will be released this September. It's written and designed by the game's art director, Matt Nava, and will feature his unique view into how the stylistic influences, narrative functions, and game design goals shaped the final look of the game. The book also contains an embossed hardcover with tons of awe-inspiring concept artwork, pencil drawings, and 3D models all on art-quality paper. And even cooler is an innovative augmented reality feature on the book, which, upon downloading a free companion app, readers will be able to use their smart phone's or tablet's camera at special images and view animated 3D models from the game. Last but not least, the art book will contain a voucher to download Journey's soundtrack to their PS3. Score! No specific date has been marked for the release yet, but it's nice to know we'll get our hands on the book sometime next month. Also, don't forget that the Journey: Collector's Edition is out tomorrow (August 28th), so be sure to pick that one up especially if you missed out on this fantastic game the first time around. Check out the book reveal trailer below for 9 minutes of Journey goodness.