The Witness To Debut New Starting Area at E3

For those of you have who have been dying to get your hands on Jonathan Blow’s post-Braid project The Witness (like me), the news that it will be at this year’s E3 is definitely good. We haven’t seen a whole lot of the enigmatic game, and while Blow is notorious for playing things close to the chest, the team plans on showing some of their work next week at E3.

In preparation for that, Blow and his team will be debuting the new starting area, which features a number of tweaks since we saw it last. It is a bit smaller, and according to Blow, it incorporates the game mechanics a bit better. Unlike Braid, The Witness is all about drawing lines on various grids spread throughout the world. It may sound restrictive, but some of the demos we have been shown uses this simple mechanic to create some truly mind-bending puzzles. One example uses the layout of a nearby hedge as a clue, while yet another has you looking through colored panes of glass to deduce the correct path. Overall, it is a cool way to keep things consistent while also adding some variety, and Blow’s track record speaks for itself.

In addition to showing the new and improved intro, you can head over to their blog to keep up with the daily announcements leading up to E3, as well as seeing new information regarding the game (programmers may be particularly interested, as it is a subject Blow delves into repeatedly). With Blow self-publishing his game on PS4, and also PC, we will have to wait until E3 to see if Microsoft or Nintendo can get in on the indie love. We expect a release date soon, possibly at E3, so stay tuned for more details on The Witness as they roll out.