In a post explaining his departure, now former thatgamecompany employee Asher Vollmer says the company’s next game will “change the industry.”
“This was one of the most difficult choices I’ve made in my short life,” Vollmer wrote. “In addition to the emotional baggage, the New Game they’re making isn’t just something that you can casually abandon. Obviously I can’t divulge any details about it, but … It’s going to be huge. And I don’t mean it’s going to be a long 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.”
According to Vollmer, the difficult to decision to leave thatgamecompany and strike out on his own was spurred partially by the “snail’s pace” of the new game’s development—Vollmner says “there are YEARS remaining on the project”—but also his desire to pursue his own projects.
The indie studio’s last title, Journey, launched on PSN a little over a year ago and was met with critical acclaim. The “Next Game” Vollmer describes will be a multiplatform title funded by a $5.5 million investment from venture capital firm Benchmark Capital.