Journey travels on to next spring

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Stop asking if we’re nearly there yet, the answer’s ‘no’, because your PS3 Journey doesn’t begin until spring 2012. Speaking on the PlayStation EU Blog, Jenova Chen, the co-founder of developer thatgamecompany had plenty to say about the artsy looking PSN game.

“Fortunately, the online beta went very well, and our continued playtests have given us great feedback on the work we have left to complete. While there is still a ton of care and polish needed, we can’t wait to finally deliver Journey, [thatgamecompany’s] take on an online adventure game.”

Chen’s previous credits include the critically acclaimed (and similarly ambient) Flow and Flower, so anticipation is high for Journey, in which you play a mysterious cloaked figure roaming a desert and encountering other strangers. We were lucky enough to snag a code for the recent beta and this is what our reporter James Jarvis made of it:

“Journey feels like a cross between the peacefulness of Flower and the mysteriousness of Ico. You’re thrown into this vast desert and left to your own devices. There are no instructions, no tutorials, no waypoints. Just you and a lot of sand.”

“The aim, if you get tired of gliding around the landscape, is to collect magical ribbons that allow you to ‘fly’ further and jump up to previously inaccessible areas. Collect enough and you’ll be able to reach the temple at the end of each level.”

“Multiplayer comes in the form of meeting random people who are drifting around the same bit of desert as you, but as the Momolos (the little people you play) can’t talk, all communication is conducted using abstract symbols and by following each other. It’s a case of watch and learn. With the only person I met online this worked well, and we managed to solve a number of puzzles before floating in our separate directions. (I went the wrong way).”

Intriguing stuff, and you can watch a video of Journey beta being played here. We’ll have more on the game soon. Let us know if you’re psyched about the prospect of this PSN wander-‘em-up below in the comments.

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