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The Witness (the new game from the makers of Braid) looks ace, probably won't have Harrison Ford or the Amish

I'll level with you. I love Braid to an unhealthy degree. When I'm not waxing lyrical about how its story is a thinly veiled metaphor for the creation of the Atomic Bomb, I'm trying to improve my speed runs on it or drawing pictures of me and main character Tim spoonin... actually, you don't need to know about that last one <cough>. So the news that its creator's new game, currently titled The Witness, made a stealthy showing at PAX last week has me happy as a dapper gentleman in a time dilation bubble. Read below for video and latest details on the incredible looking puzzler.

In what must be one of the sneakiest unveilings ever, creator Jonathan Blow set up a non descript area with a TV and 360 pad in front of it at Penny Arcade's event. No advertising, no posters saying 'ZOMFG! Play the new game from the guy behind Braid', no fanfare. On his blog, Blow said he wanted players to go into The Witness with a clear mind, free from the hype of knowing this was a spiritual successor to Braid of sorts.


Above: That's some stealthy shit right there

Blow said: "PAX is a huge show, with tons of stuff to see everywhere; if the game could hold peoples’ attention under those conditions, purely on its own merits rather than by hype or pedigree, then I would know that it was really working."



Above:Cheers to Kotaku for the video

Honestly, we're not sure what The Witness is about yet. The goal seems to be explore the beautiful, yet strangely abandoned island while solving route puzzles which appear on blue tiles. If there's one thing we can be sure of, its that the game will probably give us migraines trying to solve all its mysteries... in a good, Braid-eqsue way. Also, how dang purdy does it look? For some reason, the art style reminds us a little bit of Flower and also of Ethan's stupidly pristine house and garden from Heavy Rain.


Above: If Blow can transfer half of this game's genius into Witness, we'll be looking at another classic

Anyhoo, we've little doubt Blow's latest project will be essential fare, regardless of whether it comes out as a full priced game or on XBLA/PSN. Still, we can't finish an article about a game called The Witness and not put in a semi obscure reference to a 25 year-old Harrison Ford flick...


Above: No one messes with The Han

Sep 7, 2010


15 comments

  • MaynardJ - September 8, 2010 2:11 p.m.

    The former child actor's name is Lukas Haas, by the way. And the movie was called Witness, not The Witness.
  • philipshaw - September 8, 2010 10:47 a.m.

    This looks cool, I should probably go and buy Braid now
  • Sabtos - September 8, 2010 1:24 a.m.

    This is just another way of saying: "yep, we're just another website full of dopes that missed this as well." Good one!
  • wormytables - September 7, 2010 7:09 p.m.

    yeah, brick is good stuff. so, i missed out by not reading any of the text in braid?
  • MrKart - September 7, 2010 6:40 p.m.

    Did you guys ever see the Braid Interpretive Dance thing that some high school did? It was on Johnathon Blow's blog and Kotaku and such. It's 10 parts, you got to be into it to like it but I thought it was damn awesome. Part 1 is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_wl7bInMIo
  • BlindMarksman - September 7, 2010 5:45 p.m.

    @Subject36 You have Traced In Air as your personal image. You´re my hero...
  • GayforGilbert - September 7, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    I can't get over that quote from Johnathon Blow from back when he was building his team for the game. OH, the pretentiousness.
  • GR_DavidHoughton - September 7, 2010 1:20 p.m.

    Yep, he's Pin. And yeah, I've been meaning to watch The Brothers Bloom for ages now. Thanks for reminding me. I'll get on that as soon as I get a chance.
  • ThatSkinnyGuy - September 7, 2010 12:16 p.m.

    @GamesRadarDavidH Yeah, he's 'Pin' right? If you rate Brick and haven't caught The Brothers Bloom yet, I'd strongly recommend you do. It's from the same writer/director (Rian Johnson) and is really, utterly wonderful.
  • GR_DavidHoughton - September 7, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    Yes he did. He's also in Inception and the utterly stunning Brick, which I advise you all to watch. Immediately.
  • JakeyBaby - September 7, 2010 11:49 a.m.

    It reminds me of Myst that's for sure.
  • ThatSkinnyGuy - September 7, 2010 11:42 a.m.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the kid in the blue shirt also grow up to be the goofy teen hero of Mars Attacks? On topic, if this gets anywhere near the genius of Braid, i'm there.
  • SlimAdy - September 7, 2010 11:35 a.m.

    Looks good - I can see those line puzzles getting harder and harder (but not as hard as The Han and the crazed Hill Billie bunch featured in this article!)
  • Games_Radar_DaveMeikleham - September 7, 2010 11:34 a.m.

    @Subject36 Hmmmm, good point. It still looks safer than his stabby Russian mobster period, mind.
  • Subject36 - September 7, 2010 11:32 a.m.

    Never mind Han, you'd better watch out for Aragorn in the background. He was crazy in his amish period.

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