thatgamecompany has created some interesting and creative games over the years with Sony. They signed up for a three game contract and delivered flOw, Flower, and Journey over the course of six-ish years. People might have differed with their opinions on these "games," but all could agree that they were doing something different for the industry.
I have played all three titles and I like each game more than the last. Journey was an experience like no other and I was left thinking about the human condition when the credits started rolling. Journey introduced a multiplayer component that forced the players to play together without the ability to chat. It provided a new spin on something that many players take for granted. It was the most "game-y" of their titles, and it certainly affected me more than most games do.
Well, that three game contract is up for thatgamecompany and now they are in independent unit. I think we will see them doing multi-console stuff in the future, but before that, they are releasing their Playstation games all on one disc. The disc will contain extra features that will be an added bang to your buck.
The disc will be out on August 28th in North America and will cost $29.99 USD.
Along with flOw, Flower, and Journey, the disc will contain mini-games that were made by thatgamecompany at the 24 Hr. Game Jam. The mini-games are called, Gravediggers, Nostril Shot, and Duke War!!. This will be the first time, ever, that the games will be playable in a public release. I am pretty curious at how one of their games plays if it was made in only 24 hours. thatgamecompany takes a long-ass time on short games, so, I wonder how that affects the mini-games.
I will list the disc's full features, as pulled from thatgamecompany's website:
- 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of Journey
- Creator Commentary play-throughs of all three games
- Three exclusive mini-games from thatgamecompany
- Concept art and screenshot galleries for all three games
- Original soundtracks for all three games
- PS3 dynamic themes and wallpapers
- PSN avatars including 8 exclusive new Journey avatars never released before
- Official game trailers and developer diary videos
- Reversible cover art
This will not be something that I will purchase because I already own these games. I strongly recommend that those who have not dipped their toes into thatgamecompany's pond should pick this up when it comes out. If you are looking for a different experience in your gaming career, this is the ticket for you.
I also think it is interesting that they are releasing this on disc and not as some sort of online bundle. thatgamecompany strikes me as online-progressive and not the developer to start creating disc-based media. Then again, it is probably not their call.
What do you think is most important in the way thatgamecompany presents its games?