We first heard about The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, a horror adventure from Polish developers The Astronauts, back in 2014. The game was released on the PlayStation 4 in 2015, the Xbox One in 2018, and the Nintendo Switch in 2019. Unreal Engine 5 was used in these upgraded versions. It’s a game I wholeheartedly recommend checking out. Then, at The Game Awards in 2017, they revealed their next project. That game was Witchfire, which was quickly forgotten until today.
At the start of Summer Games Fest, along with major announcements such as confirmation of The Last Of Us Remake and The Callisto Protocol gameplay we got a fresh look at Witchfire. So that would be the first look in quite some time. The Epic Game Store will also have early access to the dark fantasy FPS.
Witchfire And What To Expect
If we look at the Epic Games Store listing, we can see the following.
Desperate for a chance to triumph in the deadly war against witches, the Church calls on forbidden pagan magic to turn willing sinners into immortal witch hunters called preyers.
Armed with powerful spells and fearsome firearms conjured by the best Vatican sorcerers, your mission is to find the infamous witch of the Black Sea, destroy the phantom army that protects her, and retrieve a mysterious artifact that can finally turn the tide of war.
A blog post posted after the trailer gives us the early access news. It looks like we will get it later this year.
We’re aiming for Q4 2022. But we will not release, not even in Early Access, until we’re happy with what we have. You only have once chance to make the first impression and we respect your time and money. But again, currently the goal is the same is at was when we first mentioned it, which is Q4 2022.
Early access is an Epic Store exclusive but they plan to release Witchfire on other platforms later on.