The Witness

Big, beautiful and rewarding, Jon Blow's enigmatic puzzle epic is virtuoso game design - and only a fraction too clever for its own good.


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The enigmatic puzzle epic is out now on Xbox One.

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Gameplay wise, Jonathan Blow's magnificent puzzle game The Witness was undeniably unique. While its puzzles may have been wholly original, however, its title certainly wasn't. The first game to bear the name The Witness actually belonged to the masters of interactive fiction Infocom, who released it way back in 1983.

The Witness to get a PS4 Pro patch

The Witness to get a PS4 Pro patch

"Sometimes Sony even surprises developers!"

The developers of The Witness will patch the game to make the most of the PlayStation 4 Pro when it comes out on 10th November.

Developer Jonathan Blow announced that the patch will enhance the overall visual quality of the game.

The Witness already runs at 60 frames per second on the original PS4, so the patch is designed to improve visual quality.

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FeatureNobody is sure what The Witness is about

How Jonathan Blow makes us feel simultaneously smart and stupid.

Last week I reached the ending of Jonathan Blow's latest opus, The Witness, without the aid of any outside help. For a split second, I felt like the smartest man on the planet. Then, upon watching the ending, I quickly felt like the dumbest as I had no earthly idea what the game I'd just spent a couple dozen of hours on was about.

Speedrunner FearfulFerret has set a world record for dashing through 100 per cent of The Witness' puzzles in three hours, 16 minutes and 21 seconds. At one point he leaves his apartment to drive to a restaurant, picks up a fish sandwich, and drives back. All while on the clock.

Does The Witness make you feel sick?

There's an update in the works that should help.

While most are playing The Witness without a care in the world, some are struggling to keep their lunch down. Not because of horrible bloody violence, but because of motion sickness.

The Witness review

RecommendedThe Witness review

The enigmatic puzzle epic is out now on Xbox One.

The Witness is released on Xbox One today. Here's our original review of the PC version, first published on 25th January 2016.

In The Witness, the new game by Jonathan Blow - the indie star who kickstarted an arthouse game industry with 2008's Braid - you explore a lonely and mysterious island, solving puzzles which you find installed around the place on touch panels. On each panel is a maze, which you must resolve by drawing a single, unbroken line from an entry point to an exit point. The line can never cross itself, and the route you must take is (often, but not always) dictated by rules expressed in symbols on the maze; join the dots, keep white squares separated from black, and so on. The big picture is how you use these puzzles to expand your knowledge of and access to the island, but the puzzles, which number in the hundreds, are the meat of the game.

The Witness

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The Eurogamer podcast is back (again!)

We talk The Witness, visiting Riot Games, and virtual reality.

After receiving literally several requests to reboot the podcast, we're doing just that. We had a lovely time recording this one-off special at last year's EGX and a bunch of the Eurogamer staff - including myself - have missed being able to sit down and chat video games for around an hour or so.

The Witness costs 29.99, pre-orders now live

Save 1 by pre-ordering it from the Humble Store.

We're one week out from Jonathan Blow's long, long-awaited follow-up to Braid with the Witness arriving on 26th January for PC and PS4. Now, pre-orders are live with the price set at 29.99 on Steam and 28.99 on the Humble Store.

The Witness release date set for January on PS4 and PC

The Witness release date set for January on PS4 and PC

Blow expects it to take 80-100 hours for completionists.

The Witness, Jonathan Blow's long-awaited follow-up to Braid, will be out on 26th January for PS4 and PC, the developer has announced.

The game had been delayed quite a lot as Blow was originally hoping to get it ready around the PS4's launch nearly two years ago. "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," Blow said on the PlayStation Blog. "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."

"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," Blow explained. "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."

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FeatureWitness The Witness

Jonathan Blow explains why his PS4 puzzle adventure doesn't need explaining.

There are a couple of refreshing things about Braid designer Jonathan Blow's presentation of his next game The Witness on Sony's stand at E3. The first is that it's happening at all. The second is that he's showing us the actual game. Such is the illusory nature of the great annual video game circus, where even virtual worlds aren't real.

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"It's not just about our policies, it's about our people."

The two-man developer Vlambeer knew it was on to something with its 2D dogfighting retro throwback Luftrausers. Its snappy pace and minimalist visuals seemed well suited for on-the-go gaming, but Vlambeer worried its control scheme would be compromised on mobile. Instead, the Netherlands-based developer decided it would be a perfect fit for the PlayStation Vita's widescreen and button input. So it did what any small studio would do - it worked on a pitch.

The Witness may launch on PC and iOS alongside PS4

The Witness may launch on PC and iOS alongside PS4

Will it ever come to the next Xbox?

Indie developer Jonathan Blow has insisted Sony didn't pay for The Witness console exclusivity.

Blow took to the stage during Sony's PlayStation 4 conference on Wednesday night to announce that The Witness would come to the console exclusively.

In a follow-up interview Blow told Kotaku this means The Witness is a PS4 console exclusive, and may come to the PC and mobile platforms at launch also - if the developer can manage it.

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Every PlayStation 4 game, every developer announced so far

Every PlayStation 4 game, every developer announced so far

UPDATE: 169 companies have now signed up. Still no The Last Guardian.

Last night's PlayStation 4 unveiling included a flurry of new game announcements, and confirmation of the 60-odd games companies which are already signed up to support Sony's next-gen console.

Deep Down (working title) - Capcom

Destiny - Bungie

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FeatureThe big interview: Sony's Shuhei Yoshida on PS4

"It's more about services than the system."

"I'm not directly managing third-party relations," says Shuhei Yoshida, when I ask him a question that pretty much has nothing to do with the area of Sony Computer Entertainment for which he is responsible.

The Witness to debut exclusively on PS4

The Witness to debut exclusively on PS4

UPDATE: First gameplay trailer within. Jonathan Blow's next to be 25 hours long, open world.

Update: The Witness' debut trailer has just been released. Check out its strange setting below.

Original story: Braid creator Jonathon Blow's upcoming game The Witness will be a timed PlayStation 4 exclusive, as was announced as Sony's PlayStation event tonight.

Described as "a game about epiphany," The Witness will be open world, but Blow emphasises how compact it will be. Despite this condensed design Blow suggests that the game will take at least 25 hours to complete.

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Wonder and joy, please.

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FeatureJonathan Blow

"In this game there are hardly any verbs…"

After Braid, Jonathan Blow's latest game, The Witness, seems like quite a departure: it's a 3D exploration experience set in a realistic environment rather than a dreamy watercoloured side-scroller. That said, it's still a dense congregation of ingenious puzzles, and it concerns itself, to a large extent, with a classic Braid preoccupation - the relationship between game themes and game mechanics. With the designer recently visiting London, we caught up with him to ask him a selection of rambling questions and received some surprisingly concise answers.

FeatureThe Witness

Puzzle quest.

At first, you might say that The Witness is set on an island. Then, it slowly starts to dawn on you that the game is the island: breezy, threatless and yet strangely mysterious. With its pebbles, trees, and little tufts of grass, it's both realistic and quietly abstract, in the manner of a Japanese garden. It's playful and sombre. It's intricate and wordless. It is, in short, the new game from Jonathan Blow, the creator of Braid.

Jonathan Blow asks fans to "have faith"

Don't judge The Witness by its blue mazes.

Braid creator Jonathan Blow has asked gamers not to jump to conclusions about his new game, The Witness, based on early video footage showing blue mazes.

Braid creator shows off new game

The Witness was on display at PAX.

Braid creator Jonathan Blow has confirmed his new game, The Witness, was on show at the Penny Arcade Expo - though you might not have noticed.

J Blow teases new game, The Witness

Out in 2011 on multiple platforms.

Braid creator Jonathan Blow has begun teasing his name game, The Witness, a new website for which says it will be released on multiple platforms - "whatever makes sense in late 2011, when the game will hopefully be finished".