The announcement of a Braid remaster called Braid Anniversary Edition on Sony’s State of Play presentation was a total, and pretty amazing, surprise.

Braid was first released in 2008 and is a memorable puzzle-platformer that I enjoyed playing and still recommend it whenever I can. Finally, after 12 long years, it’s getting a remastered edition for all those who haven’t played it yet.

The premise of Braid is quite simple – solve puzzles to save a princess. You explore several worlds, each one introduces a different time-manipulating mechanic, ensuring no puzzle is like the other.

The remastering of Braid consists of several improvements, the most noticeable of them is, of course, the resolution. The original game was drawn at twice 720p and then scaled down to 720p. That is why it can now support a 4K resolution.

The art of Braid already looks like a beautiful painting, and with Braid Anniversary Edition, everything looks more vivid and alive, allowing you to experience the game as the developers intended.

To enhance the visuals even further, the developers at Thekla repainted the entire game with more details, and added new animations to character movements and the scenery, making the controls tighter and improving the environments.

Braid Anniversary Edition

Additionally, the sound effects and soundtrack are getting treated by Martin Stig Andersen (Control, Inside) and Hans Christian Kock. They assure us that the original music is all there, and they are just improving the effects and remixing the tracks. However, if you miss the original’s look and sound, you can switch between those of Braid Anniversary Edition and the original’s with a press of a button.

The last addition in Braid Anniversary Edition is an in-depth developer commentary throughout the game. “I want to cover all subjects involved in the game,” says developer Jonathan Blow. “Art, programming, game design, level design, history of independent games, whatever else.”

Braid Anniversary Edition is scheduled for Q1 2021 and will be available simultaneously on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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