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At Long Last, The Witness Sees a Release Date

At Long Last, The Witness Sees a Release Date

At Long Last, The Witness Sees a Release Date

After six years and $5 million, the game in which you explore an abandoned island is finally visible on the horizon


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Indie developer Jonathan Blow, creator of 2008’s Braid for Xbox 360, has announced that The Witness will be among us January 26, 2016 for PC/Windows and PS4.

From the trailers and screens, one can see that The Witness has a look and feel quite similar to Myst. The game is a first-person puzzle-adventure in which players explore a deserted island and solve puzzles in an open-world setting, which will enable players who are stuck on a particular puzzle to move on and return to it later.

And there are many, many of puzzles. Hundreds, actually. This will not be a short game.

The narrative of The Witness is told through audio logs scattered throughout its world. Rather than relate information in a straightforward manner, however, these logs are obscure and abstruse; it will be up to the player to interpret them however he or she sees fit.

Consider this enigmatic quote from the developer: Something amorphous and consummate existed before Heaven and Earth. Solitude! Vast! Standing alone, unaltering. Going everywhere, yet unthreatened. It can be considered the Mother of the World. I don’t know its name, so I designate it, “Tao.” Compelled to consider it, name it “the Great.”

Discover if it was worth the wait on January 26, 2016, when The Witness will finally be released on PC and PS4. According to the developer, iOS versions will follow at a later date, and possibly other platforms after that.

Karla Munger

Karla Munger

I've been with JA in one capacity or other since 2003. I'm currently website administrator. I'm also a digital artist (my avatar is one of my creations). I write reviews and articles, create graphics and basically help tend the site. It's work I enjoy very much. I love playing games of all kinds, but adventure and RPGs are my favorites (particularly scary/dark/unsettling ones). At the top of my list are The Cat Lady, The Longest Journey, Dreamfall, Still Life (first one only), Scratches and Culpa Innata. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool recluse and prefer the company of animals, hardware and ghosts to human beings (no offense). And no bio would be complete without my saying that I do NOT care for phones of ANY sort. Further, I think Dell computers are garbage and that Microsoft has become megalomaniacal. "I put my heart and soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." - Vincent Van Gogh "I need solitude for my writing; not like a hermit - that wouldn't be enough - but like a dead man." - Franz Kafka "I've been to hell and back, my boy." - Susan Ashworth, The Cat Lady

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