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The Witness Launches on PS4 January 26, 2016

Jonathan Blow's Avatar Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 // President, Thekla, Inc.

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Hi everyone!

We finally know the release date for The Witness: it’s January 26, 2016. That’s about four months from now, and it will be a very busy four months as we work hard to make the game the absolute best we can.

We’ve also got a new trailer, which you can watch here:

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.

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There’s a lot here. When we started making this game, I figured it would have between 8 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.

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Last time I posted to this blog was in May 2014. In that post, just for fun, I gave some stats about how many assets were in the game (3D meshes, animations, sounds, etc). Today I went back and took new measurements of all these things; here’s what we have:

# of files, May 2014 # of files, Today
Texture Maps: 1196 1606
Meshes: 4588 6224
Sounds: 2435 3117
Animations: 197 247
Entities: 1 1
Lightmaps: 17916 31821
Total files: 38387 57068

As you can see, we have not been idle!

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But those numbers will only increase a tiny bit between now and release. For the most part we are fixing bugs, refining the feel of play, and making sure everything is just right for January.

That’s all from me for now — back to working on the game! — but your fine PS.Blog host Justin has been playing the preview version of The Witness and will be sharing his impressions soon.

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+ Sikachuu on September 17th, 2015 at 9:06 am said:

This is one of the game I really want to get when PS4 came out. Glad that you all finally going to release it!


     

    + Throwsfeces on September 17th, 2015 at 5:51 pm said:

    Sweet I’m really excited for this now! Nice trailer.


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+ FearMonkey on September 17th, 2015 at 9:09 am said:

Thanks for the update, Jonathan! Really eager to play this. I for one don’t mind the long wait, I’m sure it’ll be worth it. :)


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+ Wozman23 on September 17th, 2015 at 9:10 am said:

Looks really good. And that track in the trailer sounds insanely good. Can’t wait.


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+ Frankie09 on September 17th, 2015 at 9:10 am said:

YES!!! Finally, a release day! Can’t to spend 100+ hours on this game. I’m sure it will be time well spent


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+ paulogy on September 17th, 2015 at 9:15 am said:

Hi Jon – as you well know, this game has been topping my most-anticipated list for some time now, so it’s great to hear you have a release date at last! Looks like it’s shaping up quite well, and it won’t be long now :-)

P.S. Intriguing trailer, too! I’m loving the direct (and indirect) imagery throughout.


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+ ariston1116 on September 17th, 2015 at 9:17 am said:

I am ready for this. Any word on pricing?


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    + Jonathan Blow on September 17th, 2015 at 12:37 pm said:

    We are still figuring out pricing as well as the possibility of a physical retail release in addition to the download.

    As we know these things for sure, we will let you know!


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+ Bloodios on September 17th, 2015 at 9:20 am said:

Great! I’ve been really looking forward to playing this. Hopefully there will be an option to pre-order so I can pre-load the game, since my internet is a bit slow.


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+ the_FREELANCER on September 17th, 2015 at 9:25 am said:

Looking and sounding beautiful, can’t wait!


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+ WidthOfACircle on September 17th, 2015 at 9:27 am said:

I’ve been checking in on this game every few months. It looks beautiful, and I’ll definitely pick it up at release!


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+ Jmohod on September 17th, 2015 at 9:30 am said:

Happy day! I’ve been looking forward to this for quite some time.


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+ CrusaderForever on September 17th, 2015 at 9:30 am said:

Beautiful! 2016 is shaping up to be the year of Playstation! Can’t wait to play it.


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+ kitler53 on September 17th, 2015 at 9:37 am said:

dear jonathan,

please take my money.

kitler53


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+ sealum01 on September 17th, 2015 at 9:44 am said:

I *must* own this.. I’m so grateful for the imminent release! I hope that PSVR support is incoming!


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+ SaviorMachine on September 17th, 2015 at 9:55 am said:

Suuuuper stylish, what a looker. Exciting news!


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+ FrankenCelery on September 17th, 2015 at 10:05 am said:

I could not be more excited for this game. Wish it was coming sooner, but I’m glad the team is taking the time to deliver even more than I originally expected.


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+ Rainwater on September 17th, 2015 at 10:10 am said:

So pretty! Really looking forward to this.


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+ KwietStorm on September 17th, 2015 at 10:17 am said:

Would’ve really loved to end this year with The Witness and No Man’s Sky. Disappointing.


     

    + JSEVERITT on September 17th, 2015 at 10:38 am said:

    We can afford to wait a little bit longer if it means the game will be better polished, though.


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+ JSEVERITT on September 17th, 2015 at 10:38 am said:

Well… I was certainly hoping we’d see this sooner than next year. However, I understand and respect the amount of work that’s gone into this game. Can’t wait to play!


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+ Jonathan Blow on September 17th, 2015 at 10:44 am said:

Thanks for all the nice comments!

There was a possibility of us squeaking the game in this year, but we wanted to give ourselves enough time to make sure everything is just right, even if emergency surprises happen. It would be a shame if, after spending so much effort working on the game, something got messed up due to a last-minute surprise.

We want to get the game out to everyone as soon as we can!


     

    + paulogy on September 17th, 2015 at 10:50 am said:

    You’re very welcome! I think the fact that there’s an end in sight is good enough for me. Here’s to starting 2016 on a high note :-)


     

    + glassmusic on September 17th, 2015 at 10:54 am said:

    So glad you’re waiting. I’d rather have devs take their time and deliver a great product out the gate than to release some half-baked mess just to hit a deadline.

    This is easily one of my most anticipated games of 2016. I just want to wander around the world for hours on end. It’s gorgeous.


     

    + alexRSBR on September 17th, 2015 at 11:33 am said:

    Keep up the amazing work! I know it’s a bit early to discuss this but, it seems to me that playing this game with Playstation VR (former Project Morpheus) would be MIND-BLOWING! Have you ever performed any test with the VR prototype? Cheers.


     

    + sealum01 on September 17th, 2015 at 3:28 pm said:

    +alexRSBR I second the desire for PSVR support. It would be a HUGE selling feature for the game as there are relatively few AAA quality games supporting the platform. I am buying the Witness regardless, but I would this type of slower-moving game is a GLOVE fit for VR!


     

    + Welmosca on September 17th, 2015 at 11:36 pm said:

    @ glassmusic – Agree 100%.


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+ Sum-Mischief on September 17th, 2015 at 11:26 am said:

I so glad to see a release date on this title. This was always a day for me for sure.


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+ warezIbanez on September 17th, 2015 at 11:40 am said:

Excellent, I’ve been patient with this. Good to hear you guys have the finish line in your sights!


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+ MUSIC-HEAD on September 17th, 2015 at 12:04 pm said:

I will pay 60 for this.


     

    + MUSIC-HEAD on September 17th, 2015 at 12:10 pm said:

    Or rather I would! been waiting so long, and am very excited to have a very big puzzle game to play, between this and The Talos Principle I am very happy :)


     

    + sealum01 on September 17th, 2015 at 3:26 pm said:

    You and me both! I can’t wait for both The Witness and The Talos Principle (w/ included Gehenna expansion!!).


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+ esornad on September 17th, 2015 at 1:41 pm said:

FINALLY! I’ve been waiting since the PS4 launch for this game. So excited!!


     

    + sealum01 on September 17th, 2015 at 3:36 pm said:

    You and me both! I can’t wait for The Witness!!!


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+ dkarlowicz10 on September 17th, 2015 at 2:53 pm said:

Looks interesting, might get it.


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+ Kchow23 on September 17th, 2015 at 6:42 pm said:

Neat anagram! I hope we can preorder soon.


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+ Seluhir on September 17th, 2015 at 7:04 pm said:

Wish this game would let you see the character you were controlling but it doesn’t look like it… feels so awkward to me. But glad to see people are excited for it, it looks really cool. Like the aesthetic. I won’t be buying because of the above, but I hope it succeeds as I think it’s a good venture.


     

    + GranpireV on September 17th, 2015 at 8:07 pm said:

    This seems like such a wierdly specific reason to dismiss a game… I like seeing my character model too, but not all games should do that. I feel like that wouldn’t be appropriate here. It’s not a character-based storyline (as far as I know). You don’t want a depicted character distracting you from your own role in the game.


     

    + Seluhir on September 17th, 2015 at 8:12 pm said:

    @GranpireV First person games leave me with a strange disconnect that makes it impossible for me to feel any connection to the story, the character, or the world. no connection means no enjoyment for me… so first person = not worth my money.

    I think every game SHOULD offer that option, because you’ll NEVER be able to make me feel like it’s me in the game(at least not until we reach SAO levels of technology) so you might as well give me a character to connect to.


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+ oo7PorscheMGS on September 17th, 2015 at 7:38 pm said:

Nice trailer, still curious about the world and how the puzzles actually link to it. Looks nice, been waiting for it, and finally some news!


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+ milemaniac on September 17th, 2015 at 10:44 pm said:

Good, four months gives me plenty of time to master my creation skills in Mario Maker. And also to save up money for a PS4….

I appreciate the perfectionism on the development of this game, I’m sure it will be quite the special experience for many.


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+ Welmosca on September 17th, 2015 at 11:31 pm said:

Hoou great news,this was one game I thought it was dead…like its been a very long time since we last heard about it.
But looks like the wait was worth…not only we get a release date but damn you said 100h of gameplay for people who like to wring every last drop out of the game?…well I can safely say I’ll surpass those 100h.
My interest for The Witness has just grown a lot.

PS:Dem graphics look truly beautiful…nice job.


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+ Devilking-Nikkai on September 18th, 2015 at 12:28 am said:

Man the visual look astounding! Imagine what you can do with this visual to Jak and Daxter 5 and/or Sly Cooper 5. C’mon PlayStation, we want Jak 5 and Sly Cooper V!
Please! i’m beggin ya!


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+ VeritableHero on September 18th, 2015 at 5:25 am said:

Incredibly excited for The Witness!


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+ Dude_Largepants on September 20th, 2015 at 9:31 am said:

Is that the Tallywood String Quartet I hear in the trailer?


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