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Braid Anniversary Edition Has Been Delayed But Will Now Feature New Levels

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Update: Thekla, Inc. and Jonathan Blow have revealed that Braid, Anniversary Edition, the long-awaited remaster of a pioneering indie classic, has been pushed back from its April 29th release to a new date of May 14th for PlayStation, Switch, PC and Netflix with an Xbox release to follow the day after.

The good news is, along with the delay comes even more content and special features than previously revealed. The game will now have 40 new levels made from a combination of remixed designs and brand-new levels, as outlined below:

  • 14 Commentary Index Levels used to navigate the game’s 15+ hours of commentary

    • There is also one additional level exclusive to Netflix users

  • 13 New Full Puzzle Levels featuring 16 new puzzle pieces used to complete a new frame

  • 12 Alternate Designs coupled with design commentary offering a glimpse of Braid had different development decisions been made

You can see the original release date announcement below for the other features that are packed into this new release of Braid:

Original Story: Developer Thekla, Inc. has announced that the long-awaited Braid, Anniversary Edition will officially launch on April 29th, 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.

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“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: