However, you shouldn’t expect The Witness to come to the platform anytime soon.
The ESRB ratings hunt is a fickle thing. Sometimes those digging around the company’s search engine can stumble upon unannounced titles awaiting release. Other times, it is but a fleeting hope for the future. The latter is the case with Jonathan Blow’s upcoming puzzle game The Witness, which has been classified as a PC, PS4 and Xbox One game on the ESRB website. Although, Polygon notes, the game won’t be coming to Xbox One just yet.
The reason why The Witness was rated by the ESRB for Xbox One is simple for the independent developer: doing so now means not having to file the paperwork again at a later date.
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“We only put XB1 on there because it doesn’t cost anything, and if we were to want to do an XB1 version later, we don’t have to go through ratings again,” Johnathan Blow said of The Witness. “But it is totally provisional, we have no plans for an XB1 version right now.”
“Right now” is a relative descriptor for Johnathan Blow, who originally announced The Witness back in 2009. The game was set to release during the launch window of the PS4 alongside a PC version. Yet, here we are more than two years after such a window and the game (barring any last-second pushbacks) is scheduled to be released on PS4 and PC on January 26. Who knows how long it will take for an Xbox One release?