Indie Puzzler The Witness May Explore a Wii U Release Next Year
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Will initially be a timed exclusive on PlayStation 4
Among the blockbuster teases and graphic engine demonstrations that featured prominently in the Sony unveiling of PlayStation 4, game developer Jonathan Blow emerged to confirm that his studio's next title would arrive on the system. Although it can be touted as an exclusive, it's now confirmed that it's a timed exclusive, something that we as Nintendo gamers know well.
Primarily developed for PC until switching to PS4, this looks like an eclectic first-person exploration title, with various puzzles that appear to be focused on circuit patterns. Speaking to Joystiq after the Sony event, Jonathan Blow explained that the title would arrive on PS4 first (probably Holiday 2013), but that as a small studio it would look into other platforms, including Wii U, once the timed agreement with Sony has expired.
Basically, you'll see The Witness on PS4 before you'll see it on the next Microsoft console or on the Wii U, presuming we eventually do ports to those consoles. Ideally we want the game to be in as many places as we can get it, but since we are a small developer and it's a complicated game, we can only do so much at once.
That's far from a guarantee, of course, but at least this is another indie developer that, at the very least, is aware of and mentioning the Wii U as a future platform. With the indie/small developer focus that's continually evolving on the Wii U eShop in its early days, perhaps there are solid odds of this eventually making the jump to Nintendo's system.
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