Jonathan Blow’s incredible puzzle game, The Witness, just came out. It’s a gorgeous and hugely ambitious game, one that has been years in the making, and undoubtedly cost a pretty penny to make. That cost was probably the reason that the game costs $40- a cost which is completely justified, but for many still hard to swallow.
Unfortunately, it seems a lot of those people are trying to have their cake and eat it too, since Jonathan Blow is reporting on Twitter that The Witness is a victim of some major piracy. “It seems The Witness is the #1 game on a certain popular torrent site,” he said, before warning fans that this could have repercussions on future games that he makes. “Unfortunately this will not help us afford to make another game! 🙁
“I’m glad that a lot more people will be experiencing the game! But I also want to be able to make another comparable game next! Just sayin’.”
Game piracy is, unfortunately, a major issue, even now, when so many strides against it have been made. To anybody thinking of pirating Blow’s latest, I say this- it is a great game, and far more deserving of its cost than most major games released today. Please consider spending money on it.
The Witness is out now on the PlayStation 4 and PC.