The Witness on PS4: “The biggest, most intricate world ever built for a puzzle game”


It has been a while since we made a post on the PlayStation Blog, so I thought I would give an update about what we are working on.

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.

What we learned in this process is that the island is in fact very big, for a place where you carefully visit every location during gameplay! Correspondingly, for a small independent team like ours, detailing this huge space is a lot of work!


Just the other week, we played through the game from start to finish, to get a fresh perspective and to see everything that is here (because when you are working on a small piece of a game for a long time, it becomes very easy to get tunnel vision and to see only that small piece).

Originally I had meant to design an eight-hour game, but The Witness is more like 25-40 hours depending on how much you play (some of the game is optional!). I suspect this is the biggest and most intricate world ever built for a puzzle game (someone get a consultant from the Guinness Book to verify that!)


On the tech side, we are working on making the game run with a smooth and solid frame rate, and making the graphics look as nice as possible, and ensuring that the streaming system loads things quickly. We wrote our own engine for this game, so on the one hand, it means we get to do a lot of work; but on the other hand, it means we have precise control and can tweak it carefully until it is the highest-quality experience we can deliver.

We look forward to giving you an excellent game!


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Game looks amazing, cannot wait.

Any rough idea on a release date?

DoYouLikeMyID 16 October, 2013 @ 14:09

The game certainly looks amazing! I can’t wait to see some gameplay videos. Just something like a 1 minute video where you walk a little in one area of the island, and then initiate a puzzle. (An un-edited video). That would be incredible. :)

Robanthegiant 16 October, 2013 @ 14:11

Fantastic new screens! Really looking forward to this

Looks great and was sold on it.

Unfortunately until I can get clarification on PS4’s digital policy regarding secondary consoles I cant buy this :(

This is looking more impressive every time it’s shown.


HI Jonathan, this game looks amazing! There`s any chance we can see a version of Braid in the PS Vita?

Oh, I cant wait for that game since Feb Sony event :D … BTW love those cartoony clouds :)

COOL:P Now let me(hmm) Witness it:D

This game looks incredible, and was actually THE game that sold me on the PS4. Don’t under-estimate the power and attraction of indie games!

@vonhammer (#4): I believe The Witness is getting a physical disc release, so you can avoid concerns on digital releases by getting the disc version instead.

“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.”

Are only limited to on-foot exploration?
Sorry if the question is stupid.

WoW, its just crazy how good looking this game is!


I generally dislike puzzle games, but this looks so good I’ll get it either way.


It looks absolutely stunning! A lot like Myst if I may say.


Any news on a release date? Is it day one?


When is this game available , I want it soooo bad !!!!

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