There is no shortage of Polish accents at Summer Game Fest 2023. One of them turned out to be a short trailer for the dark FPS Witchfire by The Astronauts (creators of The Disappearance of Ethan Carter). Most importantly, it brought the date of the game's early access debut. It will take place on September 20, 2023.
The title will be available exclusively on PC for now. It will first be released on Epic Games Store, but later - presumably with the release of version 1.0 - it will also come to Steam (and possibly GOG).
Adrian Chmielarz, the game's creative director and co-founder of The Astronauts, mentioned in a recent interview with Epic Games News that although Witchfire will offer a "rich story background," the focus in early access will be on honing the gameplay.
"Recent trailers have been focused on combat, making it possible to suggest that Witchfire is a festival of non-stop butchery. However, this is not the case. Yes, some clashes will be very intense, but there will be no shortage of exploration stages, planning and combos. The game is much closer to Souls than - let's say - to Doom. That's why the beginning of the new trailer is a bit quieter. This launch trailer will perhaps be even more slow-paced," the developer explained.
As proof that Witchfire will offer a rich storyline background, you can read a short story by Adrian Chmielarz titled The Preyer [Polish - Zerca], the action of which is set in the game world.
- The Astronauts - official website
- Witchfire on Epic Games Store