Jonathan Blow’s Braid originally released in 2008 and was one of the first true smash hit indie video games. It won awards, it made its creator a millionaire, and it was just a really darn good platformer that made use of a time-reversal mechanic for cerebral puzzle challenges. Now, surprisingly, the game is coming back in early 2021 as Braid Anniversary Edition on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, Mac, and Linux.
Braid Anniversary Edition offers hand-repainted graphics from David Hellman to fit “modern, high-resolution gaming hardware,” in addition to new animations for smoother gameplay. As for audio, sound has improved, and there are “new mixes and variants of the soundtrack by Martin Stig Andersen (Control, Inside) and Hans Christian Kock.” You can switch back and forth between the original game and the anniversary edition at any time though, which is always appreciated.
The most unique and compelling thing about Braid Anniversary Edition though is that it will offer in-depth developer commentary for all aspects of the game’s design, with the intent to be “the most extensive and detailed commentary in any game, ever.” You can hear words of wisdom about everything from puzzle design to art to math to even the history of independent games. It sounds like it will be an invaluable tool for aspiring game designers.
If you care about game design — or if you just want to play (or replay) a pretty spectacular puzzle platformer — then make sure Braid Anniversary Edition is on your radar for 2021. Check out the Braid website if you’d like to read a long note from creator Jonathan Blow about this announcement.