The Witness, the long awaited game from Braid developer Jonathan Blow has a release date. The game will launch on PlayStation 4 and PC on January 26, 2016 with an iOS port following shortly thereafter.
Disappointingly, the game does not cast players as Harrison Ford on a mission to protect an Amish boy who witnessed a murder; it is instead a Myst-like puzzle game set on a mysterious island. The game is open world and you can wander around it at will searching for new puzzles to complete and slowly figuring out the island’s story.
In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Blow wrote “we’ll be very happy to get the game out into the world, because we’ve been working on it a long time! We originally thought The Witness would be coming out toward the end of the PS4 launch window, but… there’s just been a lot to do. I think when the game is in your hands, you’ll find it to be intricate and deep, and also unlike anything else you have played.”
“There’s a lot here. When we started making this game, I figured it would have between eight and 12 hours of playtime. As it happens, the game we’ve finally built is around 10 times as big as that. If you are a completionist who wants to wring every last drop out of the game, you might expect to play for 80 hours, or possibly 100. For people who don’t want to go quite that far, the game’s still got plenty for you.”
The Witness joins a fairly packed first quarter for 2016, alongside high profile games like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, The Division, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Gravity Rush Remastered.