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Hands-on with The Witness on PS4

Justin Massongill's Avatar + Posted by Justin Massongill on Oct 25, 2013

The Witness

My excitement for The Witness may, admittedly, be amplified by my sentimental nature (it is the first PS4 game I ever laid eyes on, after all). After getting a chance to play it at an event last week, however, I’m relieved to know that my excitement is justified.

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The Witness on PS4: Tiny Details in a Very Big World

Jonathan Blow's Avatar + Posted by Jonathan Blow on Oct 16, 2013

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The Witness takes place on an island full of puzzles. The island is an open world; you can go anywhere you want, and the game does not try to force you into a linear path. For the past couple of years, we have had the island mostly built in a gameplay sense, and we were trying it out, moving things around, developing location concepts, tweaking puzzles. At this point, most of that stuff is figured out, so we are now going through all the areas of the island and detailing them.

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The Witness on PS4: Conversations with Creators

Jonathan Blow's Avatar + Posted by Jonathan Blow on May 23, 2013

It’s been a few months since our last post on PlayStation.Blog, so I think it’s a nice time to let people know how the game is coming along. If you haven’t heard about The Witness, it is a game about exploration and puzzle-solving in an open world.

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The Witness: An Open-World Puzzle Game on PlayStation 4

Jonathan Blow's Avatar + Posted by Jonathan Blow on Feb 20, 2013

Hello!

We, Thekla, Inc., are a small independent development team located in San Francisco, California, USA. Our current project is a game called The Witness, where you explore a mysterious island and solve puzzles. Thematically, it’s a game about epiphany, that leap your mind makes when you instantly go from confusion to understanding.

The game takes place in an open world, so that you can go wherever you want.

For a puzzle game, this is nice, because it means we can include real puzzles that challenge and surprise you. In a linear game, if you get stuck on a puzzle, you are usually just stuck unless you look up the answer; this is why many linear games shy away from puzzles with non-obvious solutions.

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