Next game by Journey studio will 'change the industry'

Outgoing Thatgamecompany game designer sings unnamed project's praises

The next game by Journey studio Thatgamecompany will "change the industry in a really positive way," according to one of the studio's former game designers.


In the announcement of his departure from Thatgamecompany, game designer Asher Vollmer says the studio's next game will potentially change the industry.

"Obviously I can't divulge any details about it, but... it's going to be huge," Vollmer wrote on his Tumblr. "And I don't mean it's going to be a long and sprawling game, I mean it's going to be an important game. I genuinely believe it's going to change the industry in a really positive way."

Journey recently won six awards at the 2013 Game Developers Conference, including the top Game of the Year award.

Vollmer will pursue a career as an independent game developer following his departure from Thatgamecompany. He thanked the studio and sang its praises, but admitted that his resignation was because he was unhappy. "As the months wore on and progress continued at a snail's pace, I started getting more and more frustrated."

"The Game is going to be incredible, but it is moving slowly. There are years remaining on the project and, quite frankly, those are years I don't want to give up for a game that isn't truly mine."