The Game The PS4 Needs Sooner Rather Than Later
I’m sure that every PS4 owner out there has that one game they dream will get announced, or that one game they wish was already released, while others look back at the PS3 library and hope that one of the games could be ported over to the PS4. Some people would have got their wishes answered with The Last Of Us Remastered on that one. I’m part of the latter group, except its about a PS3 game that I adore and I have more reasons for wanting to see it on the PS4 than simply because I love it.
The game in question is none other than Journey from thatgamecompany.
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There are many of you who may scoff at this, but keep in mind that we’re talking about the game that won itself buckets of awards and absolutely smashed sales records on PlayStation Network, “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.” And we’re talking about the game which earned itself a Grammy nomination because of its incredible soundtrack. And we’re talking about the game that got into our own Best of the Generation awards last year.
Now I’m sure that I’m not the only one scratching my head over Journey and wondering why on earth it has not yet made it onto the PS4 yet, as it seems like a no-brainer move. Not to mention that thatgamecompany’s previous games, Flow and Flower, have both been available on PS4 for quite some time, and Journey has even had a retail PS3 release. My initial belief was that Journey’s PS4 release wasn’t yet a thing because of the game’s multiplayer component and the costs involved in bringing over that, but Flow has a multiplayer component and that made its way over just fine.
Some time ago I spoke to thatgamecompany on Twitter and asked them about Journey on PS4, to which they responded that they’d love for it to happen but it’s entirely up to Sony. That’s easy to believe since thatgamecompany didn’t need to be involved in the ports of Flow and Flower, as they were handled by SuperVillain Studios and Bluepoint Games respectively. Again, I’m left wondering why on earth Journey isn’t on PS4 already. What could be the reason? I’d love to get an official one. There are more than 7 million PlayStation 4 consoles out there, so it’s not like there is no sales potential. I can’t be the only one who will buy Journey again in a heartbeat if it was made available for PS4.
I read on thatgamecompany’s forums in a related thread from fans a possible theory that Flow and Flower were ported over because they’re good proof of concept games and intuitively show off SIXAXIS controls, in a similar way that Wii Sports was crucial to the Wii for showing players the ropes of the Wiimote motion controls. But I don’t particularly buy that given how SIXAXIS is not a core function of the DualShock and never a selling point, whereas motion controls on the Wii console was and still is the selling point of the system. There must be some other reason, but what?
Journey boasts extraordinary graphics which will only be enhanced with 60 frames and PS4 touch-ups, beautiful music, accessibility to any kind of gamer and massive popularity. Like bringing The Last Of Us over to PS4, surely only good can come from bringing over Journey as well? I’m sure you can see that I’m a huge fan of the game, and having it on my PS3 was always something that made me happy. Whenever I wanted to show off gaming, especially to casual or non-gamers, I’d just let them experience a bit of Journey and wait to hear their opinion without trying to influence their mindset. I’d always try to get people to play it, or at least just see it or hear its amazing music. On PS4 I honestly feel like something is missing without having the game around.
Journey is really the game I feel the PS4 needs right now, sooner rather than later. I love my Killzone and Infamous as much as the next person, but none of those other games offer what Journey does. Usually we can’t have nice things because of business reasons, but even from that perspective bringing Journey over would be a massive win on all accounts. It would surely bring far more profits than costs, in the long-run especially. As much as I love my PS4, the absence of Journey is honestly the greatest heartache and disappointment for me. I’m a patient person. I’m more than happy to wait for all those great releases. But having no confirmation yet of Journey coming to PS4 is a hard one to take.
And the worst thing about it is that there doesn’t even seem to be a half decent reason as to why Journey isn’t on PS4 yet. There’s only a desire that it should be.