It’s been some years since we last heard from the Witchfire team. Developer The Astronauts impressed many with the first-person shooter and Soulslike hybrid. However, things soon when pretty quiet. Until today, when Witchfire was re-revealed during Summer Game Fest 2022 with a new gameplay trailer. The good news? It still looks excellent. The bad news? We still have no idea when the game is coming out, but it is going to enter Early Access soon on the Epic Games Store.
Witchfire looks bombastic and exciting in its new gameplay trailer. It did before, but it’s nice to have a reminder. Coming from the folks who brought us Painkiller and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Witchfire looks like it’ll provide some exciting shooter action. You use guns and magic to dispatch hordes of enemies, many of which look like roaming undead soldiers or hellish knights.
“Witchfire is a dream project for us,” said Adrian Chmielarz, creative director and co-founder for The Astronauts. “After The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, we’re back to familiar shooter territory, but with the benefit of 2022 graphics and design. Now we’re able to bring our dark fantasies to life with spine-tingling realism!”
Back to the action
The Astronauts, despite slowing down with Ethan Carter, is no stranger to shooters. Painkiller, which came out in 2004, was well received at launch. It was a good old fashioned first-person shooter in the same vein as Serious Sam. It didn’t bring anything too fancy, just a lot of guns and enemies to shoot.
Based on the gameplay, Witchfire won’t quite be as mindless. Enemies can attack at range, but you have a quickstep move for dodging. Magic and guns need to be used together to get the most out of both. The trailer, for instance, shows that magic lighting can chains from one enemy to the next after they get blasted with a rifle.
Witchfire doesn’t have a release date yet, but is “coming soon” to PC via the Epic Games Store.