If you loved "The Vanishing of Ethan Carter," or are on the lookout for a new first-person shooter, you're in for a treat with "Witchfire" — a new title unveiled today at The Game Awards 2017. The game appears to blend magic with firearms in a rather seamless way. Not only that, but the visuals look undeniably impressive. Adrian Chmielarz from "The Astronauts" issued the following statement to the press alongside the teaser trailer.
It's very rare to see a first-person shooter that combines magic with firearms. The last title that comes into mind is Hellgate: London. Hellgate: London is an action game set 27 years into the future, where an ancient prophecy made centuries ago has come true and the gates of hell have opened. Demons have overrun the world of man and roam the lands, destroying, pillaging, and killing humans.
Hellgate: London featured great weapons and art direction but was let down by its story and bland characters. Even though the concept was novel, the developer didn't manage to capture that sense of wonder which accompanies titles which involve the arcane. Witchfire immediately draws you attention because of its character design and ominous tone.
It's great to see that The Astronauts is back for another game, though details for release are thin at the moment. It's currently unclear if Witchfire will be launching in 2018, or which platforms the game will release on, though we'll keep you posted going forward. Until then, enjoy the eye-popping trailer linked above.
Hopefully the game will make its way to Xbox One because The Vanishing of Ethan Carter was a PlayStation 4 console exclusive. The game launched on Sony's system before Microsoft's ID@Xbox program took off so hopefully The Astronauts will consider an Xbox One version this time around.
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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.
I've always wondered why there weren't more fantasy/shooter hybrids. Who remembers Project Offset? That game looked nuts, and I've been waiting for something similar for years.
Omg I remember all the hype from project offset. I even actively followed their development until they got acquired by intel and then eventually intel shut them down : (
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