Anyone else remember Journey, the pleasantly atmospheric indie title from That Game Company? It released in 2012 on the PS3 and provided a gorgeous world to explore and learn about, with not a single spoken word anywhere. Gamers still speedrun Journey to this day, and there are tons of categories to choose from. But today, we’re focusing on a white robe 100 per cent run by belovedklowny. It’s a year-old run and far from a world record, but the video keeps the spirit of what Journey was meant to be – a beautiful, immersive experience, while also adding that familiar speedrun skill and dexterity.
The white robe is acquired by first obtaining all hidden scarf upgrades in the game, over as many playthroughs as it takes. This video begins a minute and a half into play, with klowny having just transformed his red cloak into the white one. With it, he literally flies through the areas, grabbing each and every glyph like a hawk snapping up a mouse. This isn’t a glitchless run, however most of the exploits simply involve going out of bounds. In a way it serves to expand the world rather than break it, as the white cloak allows the lonely little traveler to transcend his limits and shatter the boundaries that confine him.
Journey speedruns go by quickly, with the longest world record time being held by klowny himself in the red robe scarfless category, which clocks in at 43 and a half minutes. It might seem like an odd game to speedrun, given the focus on discovery and interpretation, but really, that’s partly what encourages the finding of glitches and run techniques – discovery. You might even say, this game was meant to be speedrun, exploits and all.
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Matt Eschbach is a PC, Mac and Android indie game developer and fiction writer. His works have won multiple monetary awards from various contests. Graduating college in 2012 with a major in Game Design, Matt spends his time making stuff up and then building it. His favorite hobby… is sleeping.