The Witness sees the light in January with up to 100 hours of gameplay expected

Jonathan Blow has finally issued a release date for The Witness, with a simultaneous PS4 and PC release incoming, while also explaining just how much work has gone into his next game since his last update.


It's been a long journey across a deserted island for developer Jonathan Blow, but the one-man force behind Braid is finally ready to reveal a release for his next big-time puzzle game. The Witness now has a release date, with a new trailer announcing a January 26 arrival on both PlayStation 4 and PC.

The Witness is an exploration puzzle game that sees a player look around a massive island of varying environments, solving various light-based puzzles to access more of it. The game has been oft-delayed and missed its PS4 launch target by quite a bit, but that's for a good reason. Development studio Thekia's work has not only added numerous textures and environments to the game, but according to a PlayStation.Blog post from Blow, the game's length has expanded significantly, going from "8 and 12 hours of playtime" to something around "80 hours, or possibly 100" for completionists.

To get an idea of how much progress Blow and company have made, check out the video below.

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    September 17, 2015 10:11 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, The Witness sees the light in January with up to 100 hours of gameplay expected

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      September 17, 2015 10:18 AM

      I don't see how it can have 100 hours of gameplay but it looks fantastic!

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        September 17, 2015 10:36 AM

        Probably just a metric fuckton of difficult puzzles?

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          September 17, 2015 10:55 AM

          I have to imagine that can't be all of it. Seems way too simplistic for the Braid guy. I'm betting there is a whole other layer beyond the little maze puzzles.

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        September 17, 2015 6:28 PM

        To 100% Braid, at one point you have to sit on a cloud for two hours to reach a secret item.

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      September 17, 2015 11:22 AM I only hope its not just those little puzzles wrapped in a beautiful world that is just you surroundings from puzzle to puzzle.

      We shall see I am looking forward to it looks so good visually, hope the gameplay equals the visuals.

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      September 17, 2015 5:50 PM

      Looks just like the Talos Principle.

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      September 17, 2015 6:22 PM

      Hmm. This game looks like a totally kick ass fully 3d version of Myst with modern day game design. I've had my eye on this since it was first announced. Can't wait!

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      September 17, 2015 6:25 PM

      Game looks awesome in 60fps.

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      September 17, 2015 7:20 PM

      I enjoyed Talos Principle, but if this game is 100 hours of that then no thank you.

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