thatgamecompany is a game development studio founded by University of Southern California Interactive Media Division students Kellee Santiago
and Jenova Chen
. It was established after the success of Chen's online flash game flOw
. It became the first of three PlayStation Network downloable games for the PS3, positioning the company as a second-party developer for Sony. Previously, they also created the game Cloud
Focusing on stylish visuals and unusual game design, the company's second title for Sony, Flower
, was released in 2009 as an downloadable title exclusive to the PlayStation 3. A third title, Journey
, was released in 2012. Shortly after the release of the game, in March 2012, co-founder Kellee Santiago announced to leave the studio on amicable terms. Other people who left the studio around the same time were producer Robin Hunicke
, Chris Bell
and John Nesky
In June 2012 the company announced that after the three-game deal with Sony future projects would become multiplatform to reach a larger audience.
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