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The Witness Finds Itself On iOS

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Highly praised puzzle game The Witness from developer Thekla has been released to iOS devices, coinciding with the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system.

With a price tag of $9.99, it’s the least expensive way to pick up the title coming in at only 25 percent of other platforms. The Witness has been in development mobile development at least since March 2013, when its developer Jonathan Blow released video of the game running on an iPad. Blow had posted just a handful of days following the game’s debut in late January, 2016, that Thekla was looking for an iOS developer.

“Coming Very, Very Soon”

A premature announcement was forced by the game’s developer Thekla Inc., when a portion of The Witness was spotlighted during an iOS 11 video ad showcasing Apple’s newly released operating system on Sept. 19. Sharp-eyed puzzlers went on to inundate the developer with questions about an official release date, prompting Thekla to respond later that day.

“I guess the cat is out of the bag…” Thekla Inc Producer Kenzie Paulus would state via Twitter. “[The Witness is] coming very, very soon.”

Despite that The Witness was advertised as a poster child for iOS 11, the minimum requirement to run the puzzle game is iOS 10.

The Witness was launched on PlayStation 4 and Windows last year, following to Xbox One several months later. Leading creative force behind The Witness, Johnathan Blow, has said that there are no current plans to bring the puzzle game to the Nintendo Switch.

The title can be picked up as a digital download for Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One for $39.99.


Update Sept. 22, 2017: Apple has removed the video from its Youtube channel without explanation.

About Bran McMillin

Bran McMillin is the founder and senior editor for the puzzle news site Puzzle Pile. From 2007 - 2010, he served as editor for the magazine Panopticon: Puzzles & Games. He is the inventor of the Itachi and Hairetsu puzzle forms and has created hundreds of puzzles. Disclosure: Bran is a member of the National Puzzlers' League.

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