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The Witness Launches on PS4 January 26, 2016

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The Witness

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 said:

September 17th, 9:06 am

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 said:

    September 17th, 5:51 pm

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

FearMonkey said:

September 17th, 9:09 am

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. :)

Wozman23 said:

September 17th, 9:10 am

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

Frankie09 said:

September 17th, 9:10 am

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

paulogy said:

September 17th, 9:15 am

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.

ariston1116 said:

September 17th, 9:17 am

I am ready for this. Any word on pricing?

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    Jonathan Blow said:

    September 17th, 12:37 pm

    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!

Bloodios said:

September 17th, 9:20 am

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.

the_FREELANCER said:

September 17th, 9:25 am

Looking and sounding beautiful, can’t wait!

WidthOfACircle said:

September 17th, 9:27 am

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

Jmohod said:

September 17th, 9:30 am

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

CrusaderForever said:

September 17th, 9:30 am

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

kitler53 said:

September 17th, 9:37 am

dear jonathan,

please take my money.


sealum01 said:

September 17th, 9:44 am

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

SaviorMachine said:

September 17th, 9:55 am

Suuuuper stylish, what a looker. Exciting news!

FrankenCelery said:

September 17th, 10:05 am

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.

Rainwater said:

September 17th, 10:10 am

So pretty! Really looking forward to this.

KwietStorm said:

September 17th, 10:17 am

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

    JSEVERITT said:

    September 17th, 10:38 am

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


September 17th, 10:38 am

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 said:

September 17th, 10:44 am

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 said:

    September 17th, 10:50 am

    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 said:

    September 17th, 10:54 am

    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 said:

    September 17th, 11:33 am

    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 said:

    September 17th, 3:28 pm

    +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 said:

    September 17th, 11:36 pm

    @ glassmusic – Agree 100%.

Sum-Mischief said:

September 17th, 11:26 am

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

warezIbanez said:

September 17th, 11:40 am

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


September 17th, 12:04 pm

I will pay 60 for this.

    MUSIC-HEAD said:

    September 17th, 12:10 pm

    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 said:

    September 17th, 3:26 pm

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

esornad said:

September 17th, 1:41 pm

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

    sealum01 said:

    September 17th, 3:36 pm

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

dkarlowicz10 said:

September 17th, 2:53 pm

Looks interesting, might get it.

Kchow23 said:

September 17th, 6:42 pm

Neat anagram! I hope we can preorder soon.

Seluhir said:

September 17th, 7:04 pm

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 said:

    September 17th, 8:07 pm

    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 said:

    September 17th, 8:12 pm

    @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.

oo7PorscheMGS said:

September 17th, 7:38 pm

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!

milemaniac said:

September 17th, 10:44 pm

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.

Welmosca said:

September 17th, 11:31 pm

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.

Devilking-Nikkai said:

September 18th, 12:28 am

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!

VeritableHero said:

September 18th, 5:25 am

Incredibly excited for The Witness!

Dude_Largepants said:

September 20th, 9:31 am

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

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