If you make something that is “inspired by” Journey which doesn’t resemble images of the game “too closely” (as would be determined by a court of law) nor include the logo, you’ll have no problems.
Think of “inspired by” games and their original counterparts. (Dark Souls and Demons’ Souls, Mighty Number 9 and Mega Man, and the multitudes of other that have been released or are being developed. One of the FEAR games was going to have a different title, but the publisher of the new game purchased the FEAR trademark.)
Sometimes the games get the blessing by the copyright-owning company, sometimes they are taken to court, and the court makes the decision as to whether or not there was copyright infringement.
I was just curious what Thatgamecompany's policy for fanworks was. I know some some companies prohibit fan creators from selling (making prints/posters/ etc and making a profit) their copywritten works while others support it. I don't normally sell any works that aren't soley my own I was just curious where you stood on the matter.
As long as you follow these rules, no company can prevent you from making or selling any fan art. (In the U.S., at least. Some other countries may have more strict rules on fan art. Japan is notoriously lenient on fan art and whatnot.)
So, remember to follow the rules (no trademarks, images/video/audio from the game, or something that looks “too close” to the original source material [as determined by a court of law], et. al) and you’ll be fine. :)
A few snippets of a small painting I did for kicks. I’ve unfortunately never had a chance to play Journey, but the concept and art style have always been striking to me. Maybe I’ll get a chance to play sometime!
Anyway, I really enjoyed drawing these characters. It was refreshing to do something fun after being bogged down for so long. There are many changes in the works now that I can focus solely on my own thing! :D