PlayStation 4 is getting a new addition to its game library: The Witness, a game slated to be released for PS4 and PC. As TechTimes.com discovered, The Witness is a puzzle game with design by Jonathan Blow, who also did the design for the 2008 puzzler Braid. The title will be out in late January of next year for both devices, and will center around a 3D island world where the player advances through areas by solving puzzles.
According to the game’s official Twitter, members of the media had been testing the PS4 game since this past Thursday (September 17), and wrote their thoughts on the work online this week. The Witness also has a trailer that came out September 18, and hit 125,000 views on the first day of its showing. That trailer was uploaded to Blow’s official YouTube channel.
PasteMagazine.com noted that The Witness would be a much bigger game than Braid, with the former boasting over 70 hours of gameplay and an interface inspired by the exploration game, Myst. The new game will be developed and published by Thekla Inc., and an iPad version of The Witness will also be released alongside the PS4 and PC renditions of the game in January, 2016. Thekla is a company formed by Blow himself, and consists of both full-time and contract game developers.
Other new PS4 releases this month include SkyLanders Superchargers,Destiny: The Taken King, and Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows. As Blow told Polygon.com, he’d originally intended to make The Witness a smaller game, and thought it could be finished by Christmas years ago, in 2011. It is only now in 2015 that The Witness is coming to the PS4 console. Those who want to play The Witness on PC will need to be running Microsoft Windows (sorry, Mac and Linux), or they can play on an iOS device as opposed to booting up their PlayStation consoles.
The game’s developers posted a release date announcement to the official Playstation Blog, in which they promised gamers that the delay in production would be well worth the wait, touting the game as “… intricate and deep and unlike anything you’ve ever played.” If that’s not enough to hook you, hopefully the amazing graphics and well-thought-out gameplay will be. The PlayStation Blog post mentions that there are over 3,000 sound files and 1,600-plus texture maps in-game, so there will certainly be something worth the wait for players. If you have a PS4, let us know if you’re looking forward to the new game and what your impressions are so far.
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