Developer Thekla, Inc. has announced that the long-awaited Braid, Anniversary Edition will officially launch on April 30th, 2024 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Netflix.
The indie classic from Jonathan Blow is considered of the pioneering titles in proving the viability of indie games on major console platforms, having launched on Xbox Live Arcade to huge success in 2008. The Anniversary Edition will repackage it with a new coat of paint, new audio treatments, with players able to switch between both the modern and classic versions of Braid at any point in the game. It’ll also come with a treasure trove of over 15 hours of developer commentary.
“The goal is to make it the craziest, most-in-depth commentary ever put in a video game,” said Thekla founder Jonathan Blow in a press release. “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.”
Here’s some of what to expect from the Braid, Anniversary Edition:
Improved sound and new mixes and variants of the soundtrack by Martin Stig Andersen (Control, Inside) and Hans Christian Kock
Hand-repainted graphics by original artist David Hellman
Animations with extra frames, for smoother in-game motion
Ability to switch back and forth between the old and new Braid on the fly
15+ hours of commentary featuring Jonathan Blow, David Hellman, Marc ten Bosch (Miegakure), Brian Moriarty (Trinity, Loom, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel), Casey Muratori (1935; Handmade Hero; Computer, Enhance!), Cris Moore (gamer, resident faculty at the Santa Fe Institute), Frank Cifaldi (Video Game History Foundation), Martin Stig Andersen, Hans Christian Kock, and Jakob Schmid.
Take a look at the Release Date Trailer for Braid, Anniversary Edition below: