Sony and thatgamecompany have now fully confirmed the Journey Collector's Edition: a physical retail compilation containing Journey, Flower, flOw, a documentary, OSTs, three original minigames and a one-month trial subscription to PlayStation Plus. This new trailer aptly illustrates how utterly gorgeous thatgamecompany's lineup proved to be as well as showing off the new features.
The Journey Collector's Edition hasn't been confirmed for Europe as-yet, but here's hoping.
UPDATE: According to thatgamecompany, the Journey Collector's Edition will not be coming to Europe due to localisation costs. At least it's region free. thatgamecompany will also be enquiring whether Sony can make the extra content available on PSN.Click here to read more...
Gorgeous PSN-exclusive Journey has a killer soundtrack courtesy of Austin Wintory, and thatgamecompany proudly reports that it has become a global iTunes phenomenon. The 18-track OST reached (and frequently topped) the overall top ten iTunes charts in over a dozen countries including Japan, Canada and Spain - and has dominated the soundtrack-specific charts in twenty nations. You can buy it here.
Journey's success is well-deserved, and with videogame scores becoming ever more accepted into the wider musical community, it's great to see another, smaller game's OST doing so well. In case you don't already know, Journey is one of this year's standout games, having garnered a 10/10 in our full review.
Thatgamecompany has proudly announced that Journey is the fastest-selling PSN game of all time, trouncing both first and third party titles in its wake. And, of course, demonstrating once again that innovation can be commercially successful.
"Thanks to you, Journey has officially broken PlayStation Network and PlayStation Store sales records, surpassing all first and third-party games to become the fastest-selling game ever released in the SCEA region on the PlayStation Network," gushed director Jenova Chen on the PlayStation blog. "We have received more letters from fans in the two weeks since Journey's launch than we did for Flower over the past three years!"
We know that a few of our readers have been wondering how well Journey is selling compared to traditional retail. While Chen was unwilling to talk numbers, I'd reckon it's probably doing pretty well. In case you haven't already bought it, we gave this experimental, innovative gem full marks in our Journey review.
Quite a personal little public service announcement, this. Thatgamecompany's latest and greatest is finally available today here in the UK, and all of you PS3 owners out there should go and buy it...and then tell us what you thought.
If you're tired of faceless shooters, if you're despairing at the thought of hacking your way through swarms of minions, if you're bored of beating things up, this might just be the antidote.
It's a sunny day, let some sunshine into your gaming life with Journey, and then please, please, let us know what you make of it. We'd love to hear about it.
Here's what we said in our Journey review:
"Like the finest feel-good films, or those books you read again and again until the title on the spine is illegible from creasing, Journey is a game that exhibits pure joy. It plays with it, subverts it, threatens to take it away at times, but the end result is something inherently euphoric, deeply personal and, dare I say, even a little bit spiritual as well."