thatgamecompany, the award-winning developer behind Journey and Flower, is to go totally independent.

As reported by Develop, Jenova Chen and co have managed to raise $5.5m with the help of venture capital firm Benchmark Capital.

Journey screenshot

"The intent of the investment is to provide the resources for TGC to remain independent, so they can innovate with complete autonomy from the pressures of platforms and publishers," said Benchmark's Mitch Lasky.

In plain English, what he means is that thatgamecompany will be able to make games for anyone it desires. Which is good news if you're an Xbox 360 owner.

Flow, Flower, and Journey, the studio's first three games, were PlayStation exclusives.

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A great game Journey, though I wish they'd release the sound track on something other than iTunes :0|
Posted 23:09 on 18 June 2012
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I wish they'd release Vita versions of Flower and Journey, and agree they'd be great on 3DS. All I really want is more quality output from them!
Posted 19:35 on 15 June 2012
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CheekyLee@ MJTH

Surely now they are independent that is not just a likelihood, but an actual inevitability? I personally think Flower would be a perfect fit for 3DS.
Posted 11:46 on 15 June 2012
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I love Journey, not only is a great thing to play and experience but I think it is one of the few games you can enjoy just watching, the presentation in this game has Pixar/ movie levels of quality.

I can't wait till their next production- I mean game. (I hope what ever it is comes to Wii U)
Posted 11:29 on 15 June 2012

Game Stats

Release Date: 14/03/2012
Developer: thatgamecompany
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: Adventure
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 42 1
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