Braid creator's PS4 game The Witness is a Sony exclusive, for now
- Posted February 22nd, 2013 at 04:39 EDT by Kyle Prahl
- 6 Comments
Braid creator Jonathan Blow has described the nature of his relationship with Sony and why The Witness will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive for the foreseeable future.
Speaking in an interview with Kotaku, Blow professed that the timed exclusivity agreement he signed with Sony has absolutely no money involved and is an arbitrary legitimization of an excellent working relationship. "The Wii U still has pretty low system specs, so it came down to a choice between the next Microsoft console or the next Sony console," he explained. "I don't have good communication with anyone at Microsoft right now, and haven't been disclosed on their next console, but all our technical people like the PS4 specs a lot more than the leaked Durango specs . . . So we just found ourselves doing a PS4 port. And once we are doing that, it is not practical for us also to think about another console port."
"We were going to be a de facto console exclusive for Sony no matter what."
Blow's reveal of The Witness at Sony's PlayStation Meeting marked another landmark in PlayStation's long history of supporting indie devs with PlayStation Network's open ecosystem. It's important to note that Blow's agreement with Sony does not prevent his company from releasing The Witness on iOS and PC, but definitive plans don't exist for either platform yet.
Check out the debut trailer of The Witness, then sound off with your thoughts in the comments below. Is having an indie launch game lined up a good sign for creativity on PS4 moving forward?
- 5:27am EST - February 22nd, 2013
It looks like a pathetic wii game, come on Sony.......get a grip!
- 6:58am EST - February 22nd, 2013
i say the more the merrier.... and it looks good (for an indie game).
- 8:54am EST - February 22nd, 2013
why "for now"? he makes it clear they don't have the capacity to develop for both PS4 and X720
jamesobachand | snake2112
- 9:03am EST - February 22nd, 2013
I say good a ps4 exclusive at least for now
- 8:44pm EST - February 22nd, 2013
I'm curious if the game is deeper than it looks, there doesnt seem tobe much more going on than little maze puzzles but Blow suggested that all the puzzles were unique without repetition. I criticized his last game for being a pretty standard platformer with a rewind feature and meta jokes about Mario I'd like to give him a bit more of a chance this time.
- 11:09pm EST - March 2nd, 2013
That's how you do exclusivity!
I was hoping this would be a PS4 exclusive, hopefully it's permanent, and not just timed, as it looks great! Although it's both interesting and worrying that the seemingly only reason why this is an exclusive is because it was the console that was announced first. However, hopefully a lot of other developers will decide on exclusivity for this reason, making Sony's earlier announcement than the competition an even bigger benefit than the already huge advantage we have!
I am a little disappointed that it isn't a full retail game though...
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