Between Braid and The Witness, Jonathan Blow has become one of the best-known developers of innovative puzzle games in recent memory. That’s why getting even the smallest glimpse of Blow’s next game, which was previously teased by a job listing, is reason to write about it.
During a recent hour-long presentation at Gamelab 2018, where Blow was presenting about a new programming language that he’s developing, the Witness creator briefly showcased his new game.
The untitled project is—what else?—a new puzzle game that consists of one-screen levels in which players must utilize multiple characters to complete a variety of puzzles. The level that Blow demos appears to be an earlier level, and if we know anything from previous games, what appears simple in the beginning will certainly get much more complicated later on. It features three characters, six rooms, and one crystal that needs to be moved from behind a locked door. Different characters appear to have different abilities, though it’s hard to glean much more information from the brief glimpse of the game that we get.
Blow hasn’t officially announced the game yet, so it’s title or when it will launch and for what platforms is still unknown. Blow previously revealed that the game already has 25 hours of gameplay, though how much of that will make it to the final build is also TBD. It seems that Blow is utilizing this new language, Jai, to program the game, so that could explain why, right now, the game resembles something of a tech demo.
Blow also revealed to Eurogamer that his development team has another game in the works, one that was in development at the same time as The Witness, but he wants to rewrite that one with Jai, too.
Don’t expect to find out when the game is coming out anytime soon. Blow said that, do to the “noisy” nature of game-related media nowadays, announcing a game too early seems counterproductive. Expect to hear more about the game much closer to its actual release.