E3: Journey’s Fact Sheet Released

We’re going to get bombarded with games in the coming days.  Most of the games being revealed will share something in common, despite them being created by different developers.  Chances are that most of these games will share the visual element of a gun at the bottom center of the screen.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, and this post doesn’t serve as some hippie notion of anti-violence in video games, because I can’t wait to hop onto Uncharted 3 and kills hundreds of thousands of virtual bad guys with my revolver.

However, shooters are the popular thing right now, so we have to give credit to developers who choose to take a chance on something that doesn’t guarantee great sales, but certainly inspires loyalty to their product because of their record for creating unique and addicting games.   Their sales come from word of mouth and quality in their titles, not from the expectation of the genre.

Thatgamecompany is no stranger to breaking the rules, and their previous titles are a showcase to this.  Their upcoming title, Journey, does not pit you in the role of Steve Perry as he defends the world from an alien invasion.  It does however take you on journey into a mysterious and serene desert land.  We are all excited about this amazing title and cannot wait to see more of it at E3.  But we did get a little fact sheet for the game with some information.  Some of it has been discussed before, and some of it sheds some light on the game.  Either way, we can’t help but give some attention to Journey whenever it peeks out of the shadows and reveals something more about itself.  Here is the fact sheet for your enjoyment:

An exotic adventure with a more serious tone, Journey presents TGC’s unique vision of an online adventure experience. Awakening in an unknown world, the player walks, glides, and flies through a vast and awe-inspiring landscape, while discovering the history of an ancient, mysterious civilization along the way.

Journey’s innovative approach to online play encourages players to explore this environment with strangers who cross their path from time to time. By traveling together, they can re-shape the experience – creating authentic moments they will remember and discuss with others.

UNIQUE GAMEPLAY EXPERIENCE – Players can explore without standard game conventions of “violence.”  Unlike most games, Journey also features the concept of “de-empowering” the player to make feel helpless and tiny in vast world, experience awe and wonder
FRESH ONLINE ADVENTURE – Players explore a mysterious world, discovering its hidden history. People are free to travel alone, or adventure with strangers that they meet along the way.  Innovative online cooperative play implementation with random players, “shared experience” of exploration and discovery
INTUITIVE CONTROLS AND EXPERIENCE –Players with differing skill levels and/or moods can experience the game at their own pace.
LUSH AND EXPANSIVE ENVIRONMENTS – Grand landscapes filled with dynamic sand and cloth. Fully simulated sand dunes ripple and slide as players move across them.  Gorgeous graphics make players feel in awe of their surrounding environment.

Stay tuned for more this week.  Because you know it’s coming.

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