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The Witness Might Put Completionist Fans In Puzzle Agony

Yeah, you know who you are: You're the person who just can't rest until you've achieved 100 percent completion.

Maybe it's only for certain games. Unluckily for you, perhaps this mentality only kicks in with puzzle games for some reason. And I say "unluckily" because you could be in for an infuriatingly stiff challenge with Jonathan Blow's The Witness.

The Braid creator's new game, which features a grand total of 667 puzzles, isn't going to be easy. As he told the PlayStation Blog, there's "at least" one puzzle in the game that he believes "almost nobody" - only 1 percent of players - will complete. He says he cut things that just weren't that good, but he's not in the habit of cutting super hard puzzles just because they're tough:

"There's at least one puzzle in the game right now that almost nobody--like 1% of players--will ever be able to figure out."

Well, that's nice to know. The Witness recently earned a release date of January 26, 2016, when it will arrive for PlayStation 4 and PC. Blow has also estimated the length to be around 20-25 hours...obviously a lot longer if you absolutely must conquer all 667 puzzles. He said more like 100 hours, which is a lot of puzzle-solving.

Related Game(s): The Witness

Tags: the witness puzzles, jonathan blow, the witness ps4

9/22/2015 11:28:25 AM Ben Dutka

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 @ 12:32:49 PM

Unfortunately for Jonathan, this is the age of the internet. There will be video tutorials and the like floating around as soon as someone figures it out. That 1% will be up to "everyone who needs to have 100% completion" before he knows what happened.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @ 10:06:29 AM

That assumes it is a static puzzle that can be solved the same way by everyone on every playthrough, but generally speaking yeah, you're right. This is likely just marketing.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @ 5:47:44 AM

This is a really fascinating game. The puzzles are of course good, but there's more than that. It's the atmosphere, the story (who only starts unfold after a few hours) and the overall creation is just good.

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