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Journey developer thatgamecompany teases its new game

Indie studio drops hints about “thatnextgame”

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

The developer of Flow, Flower and Journey, Santa Monica, California-based thatgamecompany, offered a first look at its next game today on Twitter in the form of three teasers. The unnamed title, simply referred to as “thatnextgame,” is said to be “a game about giving,” according to the developer.

thatgamecompany’s three teasers for its follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed Journey consist of three images. The first shows a candle lighting another candle...

... while the second appears to be a silhouette of four children, each wearing shorts and capes, holding hands ...

... and the third appears to be a stone gate, with a beam of light piercing through a cloud.

The developer didn’t provide much in the way of concrete detail on “thatnextgame,” but later indicated that the title will be released some time in 2017.

In 2013, thatgamecompany co-founder Jenova Chen told Polygon that his studio wanted to continue making emotional, artistic games, but unlike Flower and Journey, wanted to release their next title on a variety of platforms. The studio, having bankrupted itself to develop Journey, Chen said, sought outside funding. In 2014, it raised $7 million from a Chinese private equity firm to fund its “emotionally engaging experience centered around human connections for players of all ages and backgrounds.”

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