Polish developer The Astronauts made a surprising debut at The Game Awards 2017 with Witchfire, a dark fantasy shooter with gorgeous environments and a mishmash of exciting action elements. The teaser trailer had a cheeky joke for viewers, referring to the studio’s most recent title The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and giving off a “walking simulator” vibe before adding that it’s “also” from the developers of shooters Painkiller and Bulletstorm.
The developer responsible for founding The Astronauts is Adrian Chmielarz, who worked on both titles at his previous studio People Can Fly before striking out on his own. There isn’t a lot of information to go on in terms of what to expect from Witchfire, but it looks to meld some exciting dark fantasy elements with first-person shooter sentiments that look pretty exciting.
Witchfire, according to The Astronauts, is a game the team wants to make “unlike anything” they’ve done in the past in tone and in terms of mechanics. It utilizes photogrammetry tech as The Vanishing of Ethan Carter did as well, and with the experience learned from the previous games, there’s no doubt the team can create something pretty fantastic here.
There’s currently no concrete release date just yet.