Edge magazine has the exclusive on Journey developer Thatgamecompany's next title, which is a free-to-play mobile experience called Sky. Edge editor Nathan Brown writes on GamesRadar+ that "we go behind the scenes of something that takes Journey’s gentle ambient multiplayer and expands it, with support for eight players at a time."
Here's the reveal teaser.
Nathan Brown drops a further note of intrigue: Thatgamecompany originally didn't plan Sky as a free-to-play title, "but Apple intervened, fearing a paid-for game would sink like so many others."
The qualities of Journey seem like they would translate well to a mobile experience, and certainly the magic of that game's drop-in drop-out co-op is an obvious fit. At the same time this obviously isn't just Journey with more players, and we'll have to see what else this exceptional developer has up its sleeve.
With regards to the business model and platform, Thatgamecompany's co-founder and creative director Jenova Chen told Edge:
"As a director, I never thought about spending money as part of the experience"
“My main perspective is how people feel. And a lot of people, when they pay for these free-to-play games, I guess they feel somewhat shameful? Because it’s self-weakness – you know, ‘If I just pay a buck, I can beat this level’. Or, ‘I want to get a loot box with a legendary drop – just two more bucks’.
“I’m trying to make a game that touches people’s hearts. As a director, I never thought about spending money as part of the experience. Now, I’m trying to make something that does not interfere with the core message of the game.”
This issue of Edge is out next Thursday, 28th March (in the UK). You can subscribe to the magazine here.