12:05pm PT by Patrick Shanley
Thatgamecompany Unveils Mobile Game 'Sky' for Apple Devices
On the same day that Apple held its annual product event announcing the new iPhone X, thatgamecompany, the studio behind 2012's indie hit Journey, has announced a new game available for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV launch: Sky.
"It’s been a very busy summer in the studio as the team has continued to push forward on iterating design concepts, multiplayer dynamics and starting to add artistic and audio polish to the game," the game studio announced in a blog post on their website. "The day has finally come for us to start sharing our next project to the world … and we do so with more than a few butterflies in our stomachs and plenty of joy."
Sky, a social adventure game, will be available on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.
Journey, thatgamecompany's previous game that was a Playstation exclusive, was a critical darling that earned BAFTA awards for its score, art and audio design. A follow-up has been hotly anticipated, though the decision to release a mobile game may be a surprise to fans.
The gameplay, art design and score is similar to thatgamecompany's prior releases, but the key difference is in the game's social aspect. "It’s hard to explain the game, but a good place would be to say that Sky is a game specially created to be played, and shared, among loved ones and family," thatgamecompany's post read. "If you can imagine the delight of visiting a theme park where lasting memories are made, we envision Sky will sometimes feel like that."
Jenova Chen, president and creative director of thatgamecompany, explained the impetus for the game's development: "For Sky we had inspiration from the feeling that we're all connected. A lot of the mechanics of the game involve giving. It's hard to summarize the game, but I find giving to be a key element."
"I think of myself as a video game evangelist. We want to make something that we as game developers can share with other people," Chen said.
The game's mechanics will be touch-based, as is the case for the majority of mobile games. It takes place (obviously) in the sky as players control a caped, colorful character who soars through the clouds from one area to another.
Watch the trailer below.