GamesBeat

Jonathan Blow’s The Witness is ‘very big;’ development team polishing the world

Above: Jonathan Blow's The Witness for PlayStation 4, PC, and iOS.

Image Credit: Sony

In the months following its release, PlayStation 4 will get blockbusters like Watch Dogs and Destiny, but Braid developer Jonathan Blow’s The Witness is potentially the most interesting new game for the system.

The Witness, an exploration puzzler, is due out in early 2014 for PlayStation 4. Blow’s studio, Thekla, will also release the game on iOS and PC. As the release date nears, Blow has taken to Sony’s PlayStation blog to write that he and his team are mostly finished designing the world. He also wrote that he’s realizing just how big of a game they made.

“For the past couple of years, we have had the island mostly built in a gameplay sense, and we were trying it out, moving things around, developing location concepts, tweaking puzzles,” Blow wrote. “At this point, most of that stuff is figured out, so we are now going through all the areas of the island and detailing them.”

In creating those details, Blow said that they discovered that the game is probably up to 40 hours long. He originally intended to make an eight-hour experience.

“Correspondingly, for a small independent team like ours, detailing this huge space is a lot of work,” he wrote. “I suspect this is the biggest and most-intricate world ever built for a puzzle game.”

This is Blow’s first game since 2008 time-manipulation platformer Braid. That game first debuted for Xbox 360 on its Xbox Live Arcade platform. It earned a number of awards and critical accolades. Braid also generated a small fortune for Blow. The designer eventually released the title on PC, Mac, Linux, and PlayStation 3.

Following Braid’s release, Blow took some time to prototype different ideas. The Witness came out of those experiments, and the developer has worked on the game ever since.


Mobile developer or publisher? VentureBeat is studying mobile app analytics. Fill out our 5-minute survey, and we'll share the data with you.

GamesBeat is your source for gaming news and reviews. But it's also home to the best articles from gamers, developers, and other folks outside of the traditional press. Register or log in to join our community of writers. You can even make a few bucks publishing stories here! Learn more.

You are now an esteemed member of the GamesBeat community. That means you can comment on stories or post your own to GB Unfiltered (look for the "New Post" link by mousing over your name in the red bar up top). But first, why don't you fill out your via your ?

About GamesBeat