The Night Journey

Entrant 2019

Bill Viola and the USC Game Innovation Lab


The Night Journey is a collaboration between renowned media artist Bill Viola and designers at the USC Game Innovation Lab, it uses both game and video techniques to tell the universal story of an individual's journey towards enlightenment.

After being exhibited as an art installation around the world for the past decade, this foundational videogame artwork has now been released for home platforms. Updated and remastered with new, original dream footage, 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.

The game takes place in 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.