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When games are difficult it can go one of two ways; players either give up and move on, or others take it as a real challenge and continue regardless the frustration it may cause. However, if a game is intentionally difficult, that’s when things get a bit iffy.

Jonathan Blow has revealed via the PlayStation Blog, that his upcoming title The Witness, which launches on PlayStation 4 and PC on January 26, 2016, will contain over 600 puzzles and that only one per cent of players will be able to complete the entire game.

The game is set to contain over 100 hours of content, which is enough to keep any puzzle mastermind occupied long enough, but in amongst those 600-something puzzles will be a number of difficult puzzles that only a few smarty pants’ will be able to complete.

When talking about the amount of content going into the game, Blow explained that there’s at least one puzzle that’s close to impossible to complete.

No. Usually if I cut things it’s just because I don’t think they’re very good. I’ve cut hundreds of things from the game. Usually I cut them early — I start experimenting with something and decide I don’t like it. But there’s at least one puzzle in the game right now that almost nobody — like 1% of players — will ever be able to figure out.

So there you have it. Put your thinking caps on this January and try and figure out the game’s impossible puzzle. Oh, and don’t forget to admire the game’s stunning scenery.

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I accept the challenge. I miss puzzles in games.