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The Night Journey

Explore a vast, mysterious landscape on a spiritual journey. Immerse yourself in the visual artwork of internationally acclaimed media artist Bill Viola and the interactive designs of the award-winning team at the USC Game Innovation Lab.

  • PS4
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Publisher: USC Games
  • Developer: USC Game Innovation Lab
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The Night Journey (2007-2018) was one of the earliest experimental art games conceived. It uses both game and video techniques to tell the universal story of an individual’s journey towards enlightenment. The game design explores a challenging question: What is the game mechanic of enlightenment? How can we model such an intensely personal yet archetypal experience?

The game has been exhibited in galleries worldwide and was awarded IndieCade’s “Most Sublime Experience” award. The project stands as a milestone in the search to expand the boundaries of what game experiences may communicate through their game mechanics and world design.

Discover the secrets of this seminal experimental art game, re-mastered with new Bill Viola footage for PlayStation®4.




The game begins in the center of a mysterious landscape on which darkness is falling. There is no one path to take, no single goal to achieve, but the player’s actions will reflect on themselves and the world, transforming and changing them both. If they are able, they may slow down time itself and forestall the fall of darkness. If not, there is always another chance; the darkness will bring dreams that enlighten future journeys.




The interactive design of The Night Journey evokes a sense of the archetypal journey of enlightenment through the mechanics of the game experience: reflection, exploration, transformation and the cycles of night and day, death and rebirth are at the heart of the experience.


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The Night Journey software is © 2007–2018 USC Game Innovation Lab. All Rights Reserved.