With just a little bit before its release on PC and PS4, Jonathan Blow’s The Witness gets a new trailer with the added news that a physical retail copy will be on its way after the game’s digital launch. An iOS port is also planned, but much later in the year, more than likely during Summer or Fall 2016.
Jonathan Blow could be considered as the man behind the massive independent game movement, which started in 2008, because of his previous game, Braid. The game in question is a 2D puzzle platformer with time bending mechanics, a pastel-inspired graphical aesthetic, haunting soundtrack, and rather depressing storyline. Due to Braid’s critical success, as well as a massive cult following, indie games began to steal the spotlight from AAA games, eventually leading to the birth of the “indie genre” which we know and love today.
The Witness was first unveiled two years ago during Sony’s conference at E3 2013. The game was rather jarring when it first appeared on stage, breaking away from the violent and explosion-packed action games which were shown before it. Its visual aesthetic and its rather simple nature built an extremely relaxing experience for the entire audience.
Up to this point, we know that The Witness will be a First Person adventure game, similar to The Talos Principle, where players are stuck on an island in the middle of the ocean. Various puzzles will be the main threat, or at least, that’s what the game has shown until now, forcing you to complete them in order to progress through the level.
The newly released trailer doesn’t actually show anything. It is basically a long panoramic shot, similar to the first “Long Screenshot Trailer” which surfaced on Jonathan Blow’s Youtube channel a month ago. The difference present is the viewpoint, with the second trailer looking at the island from the side as if the camera were on a boat circling the island instead of the first trailer’s birds-eye view.
The Witness looks stunning as ever, but because we don’t really know that much about it, gamers are still a bit skeptical, fearing that the number of puzzles present in the game will be too low, the game itself becoming a walking simulator. This type of concern was posed as well to the game known as Everyone’s Gone To The Rapture that eventually became a slightly better version of Dear Esther.
First Person puzzle games are not a rare sight on PS4, fans of the genre having multiple options. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is one of the best-looking games on the PS4, with the game even having a slight horror vibe added to it. Ether One, which was previously free for PS Plus subscribers, is also worth noting due to its engaging storyline and rather lonely feel. The Talos Principle is considered one of the best in the genre, if not the best, with a plethora of mind-bending puzzles, as well as a philosophical approach to storyline and storytelling.
Even if The Witness gets a new trailer, gamers are still left in the shadow when talking about what the game is really about, but if it really has the massive 80 hour completion time boasted by its developer, it could very well be a pretty engaging and enjoyable experience. More details will likely surface a couple of weeks before the game is released on the 16th of January.