Journey, the game that can be described more like an experience, makes its way to the PlayStation 4 today. More than three years after its initial release on the PlayStation 3, fans and new-comers alike will have the chance to either relive the journey and even begin a new one.
Journey for the PlayStation 4 supports cross-buy, which means those who purchased the game for the PlayStation 3, can download it for free for the PlayStation 4 and vice-versa. For those who have yet to download the game, it is only $14.99 for a tremendous experience that is worth so much more. PlayStation Plus members can download it for a discounted price of $11.99. Pre-order the game and receive a bonus after checking out, a gorgeous Journey Static Theme. For those who did not play the original, there will be no excuse to miss out on, what can be described as nothing other than, a memorable experience on July 21st. Check out our review for the highly praised title.
Some even more exciting news that PlayStation Blog released today, to kick off the game’s release on the PlayStation 4, is the inclusion of a handful of amazing Journey items on the PlayStation Gear Store. We picked up a beautiful beige Journey t-shirt at PlayStation Experience that is not available online. However, everything else is calling our names. Up for pre-order is a gorgeous limited edition Journey Statue that displays two travelers enduring their journey together. It will be released on July 31st and runs $150.00. There is a coffee mug, messenger bag, some t-shirts, and plenty more items that will leave the fans salivating.
During a beautiful and very insightful interview with Eurogamer, Jenova Chen, expressed just how the team was able to successfully include a multiplayer mode that does nothing but leave the players with a positive experience. He explained that, as gamers, we get a little leery about playing online with another person because we have the assumption that the other player is going to make it a negative multiplayer experience. He explained that we, as human beings do not long to be bad, but very often it’s not the players who have that negative impact on the feeling, but rather the game designer that made them that way. He asked, “If you spend every day killing one another how are you going to be a nice guy? All console games are about killing each other, or killing one another together… Don’t you see? It’s our games that make us assholes.”
When he was 14, he read a novel that brought him to tears. The kind of cry that is deep and heavy. It was a novel that could be viewed as his wake up call. He then wondered his purpose in life and when all was said and done, he was left with nothing but positivity. He shared, “Then I began looking to the future and I decided that I wanted to dedicate my life to helping others experience what I had just felt. I didn’t know it was gong to be through games at that time, but I knew it was going to be through something.”
“St. Augustine wrote: ‘People will venture to the heights of the mountains to seek wonder. They will stand and stare at the widths of the oceans to be filled with wonder. Yet they will pass each another in the street and feel nothing.’ Every individual is a miracle. Journey is a reminder of the wonders we find in each other.”
– Jenova Chen, Creative Director, Journey
The experience in Journey is what the player makes of it. While it is the same game for everyone to play, it offers a different experience for all who play. For a game to have such an impact on each player, in a different way, is nothing short of magical. Take a Journey with fellow fans and share what the experience meant to YOU. Jenova Chen kicked off the campaign and shared what his journey means to him. He mentions that it took three years to make the game, but it is all about personal transformation. When he played the game, although he was very involved in the making of the game, he still cried with his play-through. The struggle in the game makes us just want to give up, but eventually persistence prevails. His personal sacrifices leaves the feeling of a near-death experience. However, during the transformation, which is compared to the completion of the game, the result is extreme joy and hope- something bigger that he cannot put into words. His deep connection to something useful and divine is described in full in his journey, which should be viewed HERE. Also, I have submitted mine. Make sure to check out what my Journey experience means to me HERE, as shared on PlayStation Blog. Our son also shared his Journey experience that can be see HERE. We would love to see yours.