The 2012 indie masterpieces Journey and The Unfinished Swan are coming to PlayStation 4, and now — as Sony confirms — with Cross-Buy compatibility, meaning that gamers who already own either title for PlayStation 3 will be able to download the upgrade for free.
Journey was the breakout success of Jenova Chen, who had earned indie cred with Flow and Flower. A meditative co-op exploration puzzler, Journey was a key part of demonstrating the potential mass market appeal and broad cultural reach of indie games. The score was even nominated for a Grammy.
The Unfinished Swan from Giant Sparrow Games was not as widely popular as Journey, but is no less lovely. It tells a thoughtful and heartwarming fairy tale about a lonely orphan through the compelling mechanic of exploring a stark white environment that only achieves definition when you splatter it with color.
Both games are on the shorter end, but are extremely memorable, and the announcement of Cross-Buy will go a long way toward encouraging fans to pick up these games again and share them with new audiences in glorious, revamped 1080p.