The Witness "getting closer" to release, runs at 1080p/60fps on PS4

Braid creator Jonathan Blow offers an update on the progress of his next game.

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The next game from Braid designer Jonathan Blow, The Witness, still doesn't have a release date, but Blow has provided an update on the game's progress and identified two technical targets for the PlayStation 4 version that will make some gamers very happy.

In a PlayStation Blog post, Blow notes that it's now "been more than five years since I began working on" The Witness, although others have joined developer Thekla "at various times after that." A release date still hasn't been settled on (it was supposed to be a PS4 launch game at one point), as the game will be released only "when it's done." Blow did offer some encouraging news on that front, stating, "[T]hese days, 'when it's done' is getting closer and closer."

That said, Blow isn't going to hurry the game out the door just because it's getting close. "The Witness is an ambitious game with a lot of things for us to get right, and getting it right takes time," he said. "I don't want to rush the game out at the cost of quality."

Blow proceeded to offer a rundown on the work that's been done lately. He noted that most of the game's island has been modeled and that all of the "main line" content is complete, but there still remains work to be done on both fronts.

Then there's the vaunted resolution and framerate numbers: "At launch on PS4, we’re planning to render at 1080p and 60 frames per second," Blow said. "Right now we meet this target in many areas of the game, but not everywhere. But with more old-fashioned hard work, we should be."

The Witness is confirmed for release on the PS4, PC, and iOS. The former two will be released at the same time, with the iOS version coming soon after. Versions for "other platforms," according to the game's official website, will come "a bit later."

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Discussion

112 comments
flacker001
flacker001

Last time I saw it (which I admit has been a while), it was basically an adventure game with some mini-game puzzles in it. I'm not sure why it couldn't easily hit 1080p/60fps. I'm curious though, what's the big draw for this game? Why are people so interested in it?

snugglebear
snugglebear

Getting closer to release in the same way that the slug on my porch is getting closer to Guam. 

elaisse2
elaisse2

If people are wondering why 1080p is in everything here is probably why. The general untech savy only knows all their movies are 1080p its been a thing for a long time now. Why not their gaming consoles. 

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

The 1080p/60fps thing on every article is becoming a bit tiresome now. Can we please just let it go already? It feels like gamespot is just trying to fan the fan war flames.

skiggy34
skiggy34

I dont remember any of this BS last gen. I'll tell you where this all started..  PC gamers who get mad and cry that there are new consoles coming out felt they needed to compare their PCs with the power of the new consoles.  Look at the cycle, PS4 gamers talk sh1t to xbox gamers and pc gamers talk sh1t to ps4 gamers.  ITS SO STUPID!!  I dont remember any of this last gen. I own both new gen consoles and when I can afford to drop $2k, I'll get a kick ass pc.  The only way I will game on pc is with at least a $2k rig.  I wont make it comparable to ps4 or xbox one because then there is no point in doing it.  This resolution BS needs to seriously stop. This game doesnt even look that graphically demanding.....

hoplayletsplay
hoplayletsplay

This is getting RIDICULOUS! You have to put resolution and frame rate on every news title now?

balrogbane
balrogbane

Every time 1080p is in a headline, a little piece of Gaming's soul dies.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Stop putting the resolution and framerate in the headlines you morons!

playstationzone
playstationzone

This going to sale a lot and its going to show what ps4 can do as indie game.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

Wow really great accomplishment for the PS4, really shows it's muscle.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

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banderweir
banderweir

Top story at GS: An indie game for a next-gen system will be 1080p/60fps.

popin-shopin
popin-shopin

thats why you play on PC.  I play games at max graphics at 96 Hz and 2560x1440.

it's amazing

xcollector
xcollector

Sooner or later all these 1080p60fps games will melt down your PS4. Its the beginning of the gen and already the system is being maxed out and over stressed. There is a lot of wishful thinking 'if only we could inch a little closer to 1080p/60fps'. Stop kidding your self. The PS4 isn't the end all solution you want to believe. Its an average system at best.

rasterror
rasterror

So it will later be updated to 900p?

Javier
Javier

Is that a scene form Viva Piñata?


nickske1
nickske1

Please stop talking about "1080p/60fps, soon we'll only get games with bad gameplay and a length of 4-5 hours, but hey, at least it will run at 1080p/60fps for you guys? 

onixevil
onixevil

I don't care about horse power as much as the gaming experience cause no matter if the PC drivers up to date, java driver will pop on mid game and destroy your magic moment

xantufrog
xantufrog

so excited - i love quiet puzzle games of this sort

whatsazerg
whatsazerg

Love the visual aestetic... gorgeous

onixevil
onixevil

Runs @ ? . Runs @ everywhere

holy_angel18
holy_angel18

Would assume it can run 1080p at 60fps with how it looks lol

jrcast84
jrcast84

What is this game about? all I ever seen is puzzle type crap.

foxrock66
foxrock66

Look. I am stoked for this game and I dig PS4, but why do we need to mention 1080p/60fps when the game is this stylized? Come on.

xantufrog
xantufrog

@flacker001 I might be mistaken, but I think you've understated the puzzle element. I think it's very puzzle heavy - with progression following your success with them. So I think it's kind of a spiritual relative of Myst in that sense.


So I think that's the draw - if you like puzzles, being dropped into a mysterious place like this is a great puzzle-solving setting

weakan
weakan

@TenraiSenshi  probably the most sensible thing somebody said in a loooong time v.v

B0NES96
B0NES96

@skiggy34  It has nothing to do with PC gaming. It's because that there were some games that Xbox One couldn't play in 1080p and the PS4 could. Which is a big deal to many console players.

starjay009
starjay009

@popin-shopin  I am a PC gamer too but stop with that crap already. PC games are some of the POOREST ports ever loaded with bugs, stuttering, BSOD crashes, overheating, overclocking gone wrong etc. SLI/XFire fail setups etc. I can go on with the list. Dude/Dudette, I been playing PC games for over 20 years. Consoles are all about stability, something which PC gamers will NEVER have. 

rasterror
rasterror

Forza is great to me and I've played a lot more than 5 hours on it.

xcollector
xcollector

@onixevil Learn how to tame your computer so that Java doesn't pop up. I hope you're not the typical Windows user that keeps clicking 'next' until the computer crashes.

xantufrog
xantufrog

@jrcast84 well, it's a puzzle game. did you ever play myst or riven? this is a spiritual brother as far as i can tell

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Trollbait posts mean more clicks to appease their advertisers.

phbz
phbz

@B0NES96 @skiggy34  Yes. It became an issue because Sony is doing a good (negative) marketing campaign and people are sheep. PC users seeing how funny it looked this devotion for 1080p 60fps begin to make fun of the situation.


Now, Gamespot as a money cow for CBS corporation, whos CEOs don´t give a damn about gaming, feeds this stupid war while hurting gaming, but that´s ok because at the end of the day they are here for the easy buck. 

loyalpheonix
loyalpheonix

@AyatollaofRnR @popin-shopin  I play games from 30 fps up to 60fps and the only game I ever noticed it in was BF4, I also own both consoles and i play on the same Tv and all I gotta say is all these game look the same in resolution. I think Ryse is still the best looking game for Next gean and its only 900p. Everyone played Killzone thinking it was 1080p and it turns out it was around 900p!

xhawk27
xhawk27

@bluebird08 @popin-shopin  


I find it funny PS4 fanboys laugh at X1 gamers about not having 1080p 60fps and than when PC gamers say I can go above that they say graphics aren't everything. LOL


lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@muco29   What kind of guy talks about another guy doing that you sound like a damned fruit.

starjay009
starjay009

@xcollector @onixevil  Go on... keep defending your beloved PC rig. The PC is a joke ! Way too many configurations and setups and fanboys conveniently seem to forget that part. Console gaming is all about stability. Sadly we PC gamers know everything but stability. Put your hand on your heart and confess to me. How many times have you gotten a PC game to run FLAWLESSLY in the first attempt ? I will know when you lie to me. I been playing PC games for over 20 years now. 

jrcast84
jrcast84

@xantufrog @jrcast84  I never played Myst but I have seen it before, thanks at least I can atleast picture what this should be.

danielbirchal
danielbirchal

@xhawk27 @bluebird08@popin-shopin Thats not entirelly true. When Sony said Driveclub would be 30 fps then, suddently,frame rate doesn't matter anymore to sony ponys!

It's just amazing how fast things change nowondays!

jecomans
jecomans

@xhawk27 You know not everyone who says graphics shouldn't matter is a PS fanboy changing their tune in the face of superior machinery? 

Jugistoteles
Jugistoteles

@lonesamurai1 I don't know of any fruit that's damned. Well, durian might be. But still, care to elaborate?

xantufrog
xantufrog

@jrcast84 @xantufrogYeah, I mean this is going to be free walking and stuff unlike the original Myst. But near as I can tell I think this is a modern more stylized take on that "you're in a mysterious place, try to uncover what happened/how to get out/etc"