Jonathan Blow took to the PlayStation Blog to show a little bit more of The Witness off to fans, while also giving us a deeper look into development. Currently the team is going through the entire island of The Witness and adding detail to, well, everything. Considering the game features a huge island filled with puzzles, this polish phase can certainly take a while. Yet Jonathan Blow think the richness of the world will be its own reward.
As part of the process, Blow's Team played through the entirety of the game in recent weeks. Originally planned to be an 8-hour game, it's grown somewhat since then:
"Just the other week, we played through the game from start to finish, to get a fresh perspective and to see everything that is here (because when you are working on a small piece of a game for a long time, it becomes very easy to get tunnel vision and to see only that small piece). Originally I had meant to design an 8-hour game, but The Witness is more like 25-40 hours depending on how much you play (some of the game is optional!)
I suspect this is the biggest and most-intricate world ever built for a puzzle game (someone get a consultant from the Guinness Book to verify that!)"
The Witness has grown into a 40-hour game and judging from the screenshot Jonathan Blow released, it'll be an enjoyable one every step of the way. Expect the PS4, PC, and iOS title to be released in early 2014.