A remaster of critically acclaimed puzzle platformer Braid has been announced.
Set to be released to commemorate the game’s 15th anniversary, Braid: Anniversary Edition will be released on April 30, 2024 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC.
It will also be released on Netflix, where it will be playable by anyone with a Netflix subscription.
The remaster will be handled directly by Thekla Inc, the studio founded by Braid creator Jonathan Blow.
It will feature “hand-repainted graphics” by the game’s original artist, as well as improved animations with extra frames for smoother motion (though players will be able to switch between the old and new versions “on the fly”).
It will also have improved audio, including new mixes and variants of the soundtrack by Martin Stig Andersen (Control, Inside).
Perhaps most ambitious is a planned “extensive and detailed commentary track” which will contain over 15 hours of commentary by the game’s creator Jonathan Blow, as well as nine other contributors.
Rather than a straightforward audio track, the commentary will seemingly be interactive to an extent and will point out things on the screen, as demonstrated in the trailer for the Anniversary Edition:
“The goal is to make it the craziest, most-in-depth commentary ever put in a video game,” Blow explained in a statement.
“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.”
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