Jonnie Blow does it again
Announced during this morning’s State of Play presentation, Xbox’s classic Arcade title, Braid, is coming to PlayStation 4 in 2021. Called Braid, Anniversary Edition, it not only offers a high-definition overhaul which makes the hand-painted art style pop, and offers higher quality animations, but it also offers a rarely seen developers commentary on the levels and the game as a whole.
Braid creator, Jonathan Blow, wrote on Braid’s official website discussing why he felt the need to remaster the 2008 title, stating:
If you play original Braid on a 4k monitor, the result is blurry and unpleasant to look at. The original double-scale art that we had archived for Braid would still be blurry at 4k, and anyway it was never really meant to be seen at that level of detail.– Jonathan Blow
He also discusses why he felt the need to add commentary, stating he wished more games did the same.
I want to cover all subjects involved in the game — art, programming, game design, level design, history of independent games, whatever else — and if you want a high-level, short explanation, you can get that, but if you want a 20-minute-long explanation of why a particular puzzle is the way it is, you can get that too.– Jonathan Blow
Braid, Anniversary Edition will release sometime in 2021.