A cryptic (and slightly infuriating) tweet may hint at a Witness release date being announced (to be announced) this week. The new game from auteur indie developer Jonathan Blow and the team at Thekla Inc. was first announced in 2009.
The tweet reads as follows:
This is an announcement that this week we will announce an announcement.
— The Witness (@witnessgame) September 15, 2015
Of course it could be nothing, but it’s unlikely that such a Tweet would be sent out specifically without some big news on the highly-anticipated game. And with much of the details of the game made public (presumably), it seems like the only big news left is the as-of-yet unannounced release date.
The Witness is being described as a 3D puzzle game in which the player explores the game’s setting, a seemingly deserted island filled with structures both natural and man-made. Mazes are expected to play a large role in the game but Blow – the creator of Braid, one of the most transformative indie games released to date – promises more to the game than simple mazes, saying in an interview with Eurogamer, “Some people seem to have jumped to the conclusion that the game is going to be about solving simple maze puzzles, and thus not be particularly exciting. If that thought crosses your mind, all I can ask is to have faith. I wouldn’t make a game about solving a series of rote puzzles.”
“The point is the magic that happens in the player’s mind when he understands the subtle things that the mazes are saying – because the mazes aren’t just puzzles, they are lines of communication that aggregate, become more complex and eventually say surprising things.”
The game is expected to have a Windows, iOS and PS4 release.
Keep an eye on Only Single Player for more details as they become available.