thatgamecompany, the independent studio behind PlayStation hits flOw, Flower and Journey, has secured additional funding of $7 million from Capital Today and a team of other investors, studio manager Sunni Pavlovic announced in a blog.

"We are proud to share the news today that our studio has entered the next phase of development on our upcoming project and has raised an additional $7 million in funding," wrote Pavlovic. "We are happy to partner with Capital Today and a team of other investors who share our vision in making meaningful interactive experiences that inspire, connect, and emotionally touch the hearts of players around the world."

The studio is now able "to scale up development efforts to focus on making the best game possible in the same spirit as flOw, Flower, and Journey".

Pavlovic also confirmed that the studio intends to begin "laying the infrastructure to self-publish, market, and distribute on our own terms for this next project and beyond".

The secretive new game has been in development since work on Journey concluded. It promises to be emotionally engaging and centred around human connections for players of all ages and backgrounds.