Thatgamecompany faced some serious financial issues during the development of Journey .
Sony really had to believe in the project, and they essentially saved the developer from bankruptcy. Thankfully, that faith paid off as Journey became one of the most acclaimed titles of the entire generation.
However, it obviously needed every bit of that acclaim, because only recently did the game become profitable for Thatgamecompany. According to the studio's Twitter page , they're certainly still operating and they've "started to receive royalties." Well, it's about time.
"We're alive and kicking and we've started to receive royalties as #JourneyPS3 has become profitable (including mktg)"
Journey ended up being Game of the Year for a great many sources in 2012; it won several awards at PSXE, including PS3 Game of the Year. It remains one of the most immersive and rewarding experiences we've ever had; if you have an ounce of sentiment, you likely appreciated its subtle depth of feeling. And hey, it's finally making Thatgamecompany some real money, so good news the whole way 'round.
Related Game(s): Journey