The Witness was launched today. The game which is an open world puzzle has been developed since 2008, by Jonathan Blow. Blow is famous for Braid, which was released in 2008 and received a lot of praise.
The game revolves around the player who needs to solve large puzzles, with the help of clues found on an island. The player can solve the puzzles in 2D panels. The puzzles in the game are hard to solve, but not every puzzle needs solving in order for the player to advance. The player is actually encouraged not to solve some puzzles and to focus more on the ones that will help them get to other levels.
The Witness doesn’t have a linear concept and the storyline of the game is revealed as the player advances, as he puts the puzzle pieces together in order to better understand the situation he finds himself in. This way of telling the story of a game is untraditional, but it makes things much more interesting. As the player goes through the game, he can find out parts of the story from the context and parts of it from some audio recordings that have been left there by other island inhabitants.
Even though the story of the game and the way it is told makes the game interesting, what the players would like more about it though is the mystery that revolves around the island and the mountain found on it. As the player tries to discover what lies behind the mystery, he gradually receives the answers to the many questions he had at the beginning of the game.
As the game took so many years to be developed, it is no wonder that 650 puzzles are found in the game. According to the creators, a player will need around 80 hours to complete the game, as not every puzzle will need solving. Even though the player won’t need to solve all 650 puzzles on the island to finish the game, every puzzle solved means more information on the island. According to Jonathan Blow, there are some puzzles than no player will be able to solve, or maximum 1% of the players will be able to do it.
The Witness was supposed to be launched in 2011 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but after the creators of the game realized that these platforms were a bit limited, they decided to wait and to launch the game on PlayStation4. The game was supposed to be launched in 2013, but it was further delayed. The Witness was launched today on PlayStation 4 and PC and it can be yours for just $40.
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