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Jonathan Blow going into debt to finish The Witness

'20 years from now, I am not going to care about whether we took an extra six months or a year in development; I am going to care about the quality'
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Jonathan Blow is ploughing all the money he made from time-bending platformer Braid into upcoming puzzler The Witness.

Speaking to Engadget, Blow said though Braid still sells well on certain platforms, the income was “not nearly enough” to continue funding his current project. As a result of the lack of his own funds, Blow said he is now borrowing money to finish the game.

The Witness has been in development for six years, and currently has a team of nine credited developers, plus an additional eight contributors.

"Not so many people are buying digital games there [on PS3 and Xbox 360]," said Blow.

"So the Braid income is not nearly enough anymore to fund the team. I have borrowed a bunch of money to finish The Witness. So I hope when it's done, some people buy the game."

He added: "If there is such a thing as taking 'too long,' we have probably already done that. 20 years from now, I am not going to care about whether we took an extra six months or a year in development; I am going to care about the quality of the game people got to play. It'd be a shame to sacrifice some of that quality just to squeak the game out a little sooner. Though I do sympathise with people who have been waiting a long time to play."

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