Chen ultimately found funding for the company, which is now staffed with around 12 people, half of whom worked on Journey, when venture capitalist firm Benchmark Capital invested.
thatgamecompany is working, tight lipped, on its next game. Journey designer Asher Vollmer, one of the former thatgamecompany staff that struck out to work on their own thing, raised some waves earlier this year when he talked about the studio's next game "chang[ing] the industry in a really positive way," but Chen remains humble and grounded, stating, "I can’t make guarantees like that." He won't rest on his laurels, either. "No matter how many awards we won, that’s not going to make sure the next game is going to be great," Chen said.
In the piece, Chen also gave some vague indications towards what their next game might entail, including a serious look at touch controls and a firmly consistent emphasis on unique multiplayer avenues. I'm sure it will be lovely.
Why Thatgamecompany nearly fell apart after releasing Journey – and what’s next for the studio [Edge]
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