Braid, the critically acclaimed 2008 indie platformer from game designer Jonathan Blow, is getting a remaster. Braid: Anniversary Edition is set to release next year for consoles and PC, containing remastered visuals with “hand-repainted graphics”, improved animations and audio, a higher framerate and more.
Braid: Anniversary Edition will be directly handled by Jonathan Blow’s studio Thekla Inc. and currently has a release date of 30 April 2024 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC as well as Netflix, where it will be playable by anyone who has a subscription to the streaming service.
However, the standout addition in this remaster is the “extensive and detailed commentary track” which features 15 hours of commentary from Jonathan Blow. He explains:
“The goal is to make it the craziest, most-in-depth commentary ever put in a video game. You can follow particular threads of commentary spatially, through wormholes that go from level to level to see evolutions of particular concepts. The commentary has lots of markup so we can circle stuff on the screen, point arrows at whatever visual detail we are talking about, show diagrams, play back recordings of gameplay to show what happens if you try doing this or that in a particular level, and many other capabilities.”
Braid released in 2008 and received critical acclaim for its inventive time-warping feature and puzzle-solving. It also delivered an incredible narrative twist at the time that recontextualised the entire game. It’s also best known for being featured in the popular 2012 video game documentary, Indie Game: The Movie, which followed the development ups and downs of Braid as well as Super Meat Boy and Fez – two other influential indie games released around the same time.
Braid: Anniversary Edition launches on 30 April 2024 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC and Netflix. Check out the trailer below:
Source: Video Games Chronicle