In an interview with Polygon, thatgamecompany‘s Jenova Chen said that his latest game, Journey, which is exclusive to the PlayStation 3, didn’t sell as well as he had hoped. Because the game was released on a single platform, Chen says he feels that limiting Journey to the PlayStation 3 prevented it from achieving a broader success. To date, thatgamecompany developed three, award-winning games – Flow, Flower and Journey – all of which were released exclusively for the PlayStation 3.
“I wouldn’t say that the development of Journey was a successful example of game development. We bankrupted the company.”
“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.”
-Jenova Chen, thatgamecompany
Based on the LinkedIn profile of a WayForward Technologies Games Directer, the studio is developing an undisclosed multiplatform game for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. We already know two games that WayForward is bringing to Nintendo’s upcoming console – Mighty Switch Force HD and a Shantae title.
Wii U launch titles will not look much different than the current-generation systems’ games because developers are not completely familiar with the Wii U hardware and are not using its full potential. According to The Gamer Scene, there are two multiplatform titles – that haven’t been revealed to the public – coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.
The games are “big third-party titles” – one is a driving game and the other is a first-person shooter. Compared to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the Wii U versions of the unannounced games will boast a higher texture resolution and will look much better.
“According to my source, whom I will keep anonymous, who has actually had play time with the Wii U, yes it is. I have spoken with him many times previously and he told me, and even showed me drawings, of the 3DS XL way before it was announced and Nintendo were still prototyping it a year ago (yes, so soon after launch as some of you may be surprised to hear).”
“At launch, of course, we won’t expect to see the best out of the system because developers can’t just get the max out of a system that they have had for little under 2 years; just look at the difference between Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (2007) and Uncharted 3 (2011). But the 2 titles that he has seen have been superb, he said, and they are both multiplatform games. The Wii U will boast a higher texture resolution that what we will see in these games compared to the PS3 and 360 versions, making it look much better.”