Price and Pre-Orders

A lot of people have been asking about the price, so: The price of the game on both Steam and PSN will be $39.99 / €36.99 / £29.99.

A lot of people have been asking about preorders too. Preorders will go live on Steam and the Humble Store (and on this web site) today at noon PST. Unfortunately we won’t have preorders on PSN, because apparently developers have to set those up months in advance and we didn’t know that!

The preorders are regular price! They contain an amazing bonus pack-in: the warm fuzzy feeling that you have pre-ordered the game. (And that’s all). So it’s exactly the same as buying the game at launch, except earlier.


If you buy from the Humble Store, 10% of the price goes to the Against Malaria Foundation. For a lot of us in developed nations, malaria seems like a far-away thing that you only think about when you go on a really adventurous trip, but in many parts of the world it’s a serious problem. The good news is that we are making great progress in reducing incidence of malaria, see this report:

The Against Malaria Foundation is rated one of the most cost-effective charities in the world by both Giving What We Can and Givewell, two organizations focused on ensuring that charitable donations do maximum good in the world. Giving What We Can has a good high-level description of the philosophy behind this movement.


  1. Please help, does anyone know what time this will be available on PSN on the 26th? Midnight, or sometime after?

    • I have the same question.

    • Sony loves updating the playstation store unbelievably late in the day. As much as I wish it would update at midnight, it updates anywhere from like 4pm-8pm EST

    • It’ll probably be on psn around noon when Sony decides to update the store. That’s usually how it goes here in New York at least. It sucks, but there’s not much devs can do about it. This is the only thing I can’t stand about Sony, besides their ridiculous refund policy.

    • If you can even connect to the store, have you tried? It’s been down over 24 hours for me on all systems.

  2. I haven’t found this in the FAQs anywhere, but feel free to mock me if my website navigation is weak today. Does the PC version work with keyboard and mouse, or will I need a joystick-based controller? And if so, what should I get?

    • It will work with keyboard and mouse, or with a gamepad (such as the Xbox 360 or PS4 gamepad).

      On the PC I usually play with keyboard and mouse.

      Sup Mel.

  3. Alexander Zuckerman

    Is there a mac version of The Witness coming out?

  4. Does anyone know if I will be able to play it at 9 pm pacific time in Los Angeles on the 25th today? Usually that’s how it works but was just curious so I plan my night ahead.

  5. will any money go to you if i buy it via PSN?

  6. Steam is showing a 16 hour release time frame?! and while im hoping it is inaccurate, and assuming it actually is, what time is the release?! i need my hands on this game already!!! plus i have work early tomorrow morning so i dont want to stay up late for null

    • We will push the button to release on Steam at 9am tomorrow… then however long it takes to propagate through Steam, that is when it comes out.
      I would press it at midnight if I had the option, but we don’t!

      • Hey Jonathon, what about PS4? Will that be at 9 am as well tomorrow or will it be released within the hour? I don’t want to sit up forever to wait and drive myself crazy

      • Can you enable pre-loading at midnight at the very least? I’d like to be able to download overnight and be able to play it in the morning.

  7. Hi. Really looking forward to this. This game looks beautiful.

  8. Cannot find a UK outlet selling the PC version. Any suggestions?

  9. Please make a release on Mac OS…

  10. Where can I buy a DRM Free Version Other than Humble. I had some issues with their download site as I wanted a DRM Free version, and after 10 days of no response to my concerns and no attempt to assist me in any way, I asked for my money back. I would still like to buy the game but NOT from Humble. I will never go back there.
    Anyplace else I can get it?

  11. Is “the Witness” available anywhere retail? If not, how do I order it?

  12. I am impatient to lay my hands on this promising game, Braid might be the smartest game I ever played.

    However I will definitely wait for a physical version, my old school gamer heart still loves good old discs !

  13. No Playstation4 Physical copy of the game available at any retail outlet. are you still working on a physical release for PS4 ??????

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