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Explore a beachside desert in a new video for 'The Witness'

If 'The Witness' gets a boxed edition, it'll be after the digital launch in January, Jonathan Blow says.

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The Witness' release date is coming in hot -- the Myst-inspired exploration game is due to hit PlayStation 4 and PC on January 26th. That's the launch date for digital distribution, though it's "likely" that The Witness will be available as a physical boxed product, too, creator Jonathan Blow writes on his blog. Blow and his team have been in talks with a few companies about a boxed version, he says.

"We need all the time we can get up until the release date in order to get all the finishing touches into the game; but because of the lead-time involved in physical manufacturing and distribution, we would have to freeze the game right about now in order to have it on store shelves for the release date," Blow writes. "Or we could delay the digital release date in order to wait for the physical. But I don't see a good reason to do either of those things."

Blow and company are using their final month to finish voiceovers and language support, alongside bug fixes and small gameplay tweaks. The Witness will feature an impressive list of languages supported at launch, including Hungarian, Arabic and Russian.

"Of all the languages, supporting Arabic took by far the most programming work, and as you can see from some gaps between the letters, and a couple of cases where letters are too close to each other, it's not quite done yet," Blow says. "I will be working on that as soon as I finish with this blog posting!"

Here are all of the languages The Witness will support at launch:

  • English
  • Italian
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Spanish (Latin America)
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Arabic
  • Russian
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Indonesian
  • Hungarian

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