Jonathan Blow on The Witness’ PS4 Timed Exclusivity: “There was no Money Involved”

It seems that a lot of people had questions about Jonathan Blow’s comments on The Witness being a timed exclusive for PlayStation 4, including if they were paid by Sony to have it on their console or if it would come to PC and iOS. Because of this, Jonathan took to the game’s website, with him clearly stating, “There was no money involved.”

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NewMonday1919d ago

"I don’t have good communication with anyone at Microsoft right now, but all our technical people like the PS4 specs a lot more than the leaked Durango specs, and we like the positioning of the PS4 (it’s about games) more than what we perceive Microsoft’s positioning is going to be"

use to be the other way at the start of PS3 and 360.

HyperBear1919d ago

That quote really does speak volumes within the gaming community on how the majority of gamers and developers are feeling towards Microsoft and the Xbox Division.

Obviously, Microsoft have changed drastically in their mind-set from when they originally launched Xbox. From going after PC developers and targeting a console dedicated to gamers, to going completely casual and keeping existing exclusive franchises and pounding sequel after sequel, and from what Sony just showed with PS4 developer support and the games announced and being produced...seems Microsoft are ignoring indie-devs and even some third party devs.

MikeMyers1919d ago

Blow didn't have the greatest experience working with Microsoft. This is a key area they have to start dealing with. Nintendo used to be difficult to deal with and are trying to turn things around.

I'm glad The Witness will come to various platforms but it has been widely known Sony is more open to ideas and working with smaller developers than Microsoft.

His comments also highlight another issue, that is the direction Microsoft is taking in recent years. I hope the new system gets back to being a serious gaming platform but well have to wait and see.

Mounce1918d ago

@newmonday - Don't you love the smell of Sony growing up, losing their arrogance from PS3's launch and Evolving from their flaws and cliches? While remaining a company that's all about Gamers even though they may continue being at a loss of profit in the software department?

It's why I feel I'm allowed to have my preference towards Sony and their consoles instead of Nintendo and Microsoft. Nintendo no longer is about Gamers, and they do Not innovate with Software, they simply make hardware innovations or hardware gimmicks and hope that it promotes software innovation. Yet we all know from Wii, that the only company to really exploit the hardware features of the Wii mote and the other gadgets, are Nintendo themselves.

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TheTwelve1919d ago

Remember Microsoft pissed Blow off, I forget the details but he was quite angry with them at one point. --- 12

ExPresident1919d ago

Yeah, he wanted, I believe, a theme to be free and Microsoft refused to allow it.

fermcr1919d ago

If it's time exclusive, then he probably won't release it for Xbox (due to Microsoft's policies).

Skate-AK1919d ago

No it can. It just needs exclusive content for them to release it,

AngelicIceDiamond1919d ago

Seems like Sony is taking a page out of MS's book. Except you know, there's no money involved.

I wonder if Sony will be doing this allot next gen. But then again, people hate it when publishers do this kind of thing though.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1919d ago

I think he is happy they game him a dev kit. Seems sony is really reaching out to every and anyone! This guy is indie and have a ps4 dev kit. Most of the time that is for big studios.

3-4-51919d ago

This is the game that most excites me.

I love all the little contained parts of the world with their own themes and looks.

I don't always need a huge over world, it's like they took the Majora's Mask approach but expanded upon it within a different game type.

fjtorres1918d ago

...and a beachfront house in Malibu. ;)

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CaptainYesterday1919d ago

I remember seeing gameplay along time ago it seems like an interesting game!

yazter1919d ago

Clobberella* ran out of ointment. >.<

Tetsujin1919d ago

Within the next few months, we'll see countless articles about "how The Watch was bought for timed exclusivity" even though they already answered no; with at least 4-5 opinion articles about how they're lying and "paid" to say they weren't paid.

BanBrother1919d ago

No, they said it themselves. Just like how The Witcher 2 didn't make it to the PS3. Their team is small, so they could only release it on one next-gen platform.

Sony were more keen on the game, and he stated he liked their specs better than the rumoured 720 specs. Very simple.

But I still 'agreed' with your comment, as journalists will eat this up in a few months with their own stories.

TheTwelve1919d ago (Edited 1919d ago )

--- comment out of context, my bad ----

MasterCornholio1919d ago

I really like the art style in this game. I really like the fact that its so colorful and it resembles a painting in many ways. I love puzzle games like Myst so hopefully this game will be pretty good to warrant a purchase.

FarEastOrient1919d ago

I love playing Myst and Riven, glad to see these forms come back in the indie crowd.

Bathyj1919d ago

i immediatly thought of herdy gerdy on psone when i saw it

jujubee881919d ago

Can you imagine how nice it would be to plug in some headphones and just be in that calming and welcoming world?

Day one! :D

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