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Today the developer of the hit PSN games Flower and Journey, thatgamecompany announced that they’ve received $5.5 million in funding from Benchmark Capital.

With the new funding, the studio is now fully independent. And with their three-game deal with Sony completed, thatgamecompany is gearing up to make sure its games reach an even bigger audience.

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Thatgamecompany’s co-founder Jenova Chen remarked about the new development on thatgamecompany’s blog, “This enables us to bring our games to more platforms and provide our players the highest quality experience at every point of contact.” However, due to legal reasons, thatgamecompany’s three previous games–flOw, Flower, and Journey won’t be going multiplatform and will stay PlayStation exclusives.

Mitch Lasky of Benchmark had this to say about the announcement: “Jenova [Chen] has a chance to be the John Lasseter (head of Pixar) of the video games business. I feel privileged to be riding shotgun with him.”

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Joystiq previously reported that the company was courting publishers for its current in-development game, but has been since updated with this statement from thatgamecompany: “”We are extremely excited to be partnering with Benchmark Capital, as now we are going to be self-publishing our next games. We haven’t announced if our next game will be multiplatform, but we are trying to reach a larger audience than that of the PS3.”

[VentureBeat, Joystiq]


  1. avatar Poonam

    Wonderful success story and more than driveesng of the Game of the Year nods. Wouldn’t be surprised if Sony make a massive effort to get thatgamecompany to become first-party developers now.

    • avatar Maria

      Yeah, the big’ games weren’t that great when I visited DisneyQuest last fall (’09). However, gnttieg a chance to play all the cool old games and amazing new ones (yes, apparently they’re still making arcade games.. very high-tech, too) more than made up for that. Mind you, the PotC and Buzz Lightyear big’ games *were* fun, but running around like a kid in a candy store playing whatever random, crazy game I saw in a five-story, visually interesting setting was like one of those things that usually only happens in dreams (at least when I was a kid). I’m not even much of a gamer, but I definitely intend to return to DQ the next time I’m in Disney World!

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