[Update]Journey Finally Starts Turning A Profit For Thatgamecompany
Journey is personally one of my favourite games, and for good reason. Rarely do I attribute the word “beauty” to a video game, but that’s exactly what it was to me.
Whether that raises my homo level, I couldn’t care.
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Anyway, it’s well known that developers thatgamecompany actually almost went bankrupt developing Journey due to high costs and numerous extensions that Sony provided.
Despite the game absolutely smashing sales records on PlayStation Network, as in “surpassing all games ever released on the PlayStation Network to become the fastest-selling game ever released on PlayStation Store, in both the SCEA and SCEE regions” according to the PlayStation Blog, most of its revenue went to recuperating costs, unfortunately.
However, now, more than a full year after the game’s release, it looks like thatgamecompany is finally turning a profit. This is according to the developers themselves, who posted on Twitter.
In response to a misconception from a Twitter user that the company had gone out of business after Journey, thatgamecompany said in a tweet:
“We’re alive and kicking and we’ve started to receive royalties as #JourneyPS3 has become profitable (including mktg).”
I’m very happy for thatgamecompany, as Journey absolutely deserves it. It definitely is one of those games you either resonate with, or don’t. There is no middle ground really, at least as far as I can tell.
But those who love it and who resonate with it, genuinely seem to be smitten by it and completely in love with it. Both myself and fellow eGamer writer Alessandro form part of that group, and you should check out his review to see why. It’s a wonderful gaming achievement that deserves recognition.
In the comments below, a member of thatgamecompany has offered us a bit of a correction. It was actually determined on March 13th that, from thereafter, the next batch of Sony payouts would see the developers begin to receive royalties. Royalties are paid out once every three months, which means that this month, June, is when thatgamecompany received them. Effectively, this means that the game didn’t just start becoming profitable now, but from March.