Witchfire is a Surprising Genre Mashup of Doom, Dark Souls, and Monkey Island

Learn all about the inspirations behind Witchfire, the early access release date, and more!

by Noah Nelson
Image: The Astronauts

The Astronauts, the developers behind The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, are finally ready for the world to experience Witchfire, their new game that seems to be a mash-up of Doom, Dark Souls, and, believe it or not, the Monkey Island series.

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What Genre is Witchfire?

It’s no surprise that Witchfire will have gameplay elements similar to Doom after watching the gameplay in the trailer, but how does Witchfire incorporate elements from Dark Souls and Monkey Island?

In an interview with Adrian Chmielarz, the Creative Director and Co-Founder of The Astronauts, he says that instead of a “non-stop action fest,” Witchfire will have “periods of quiet exploration, planning, thinking,” which he says feels much closer to the Souls games than Doom. Witchfire looks to be a game dripping with impressive atmosphere and lore to bask in.

Okay, but how does Witchfire relate to Monkey Island? In the blog post on The Astronauts’ site, Chmielarz describes how The Secret of Monkey Island is a masterclass in video game openings. In short, Chmielarz says that Monkey Island perfectly executes “creative freedom,” which is something that changed the direction of Witchfire from being a straight-up shooter to a game that tries to master autonomy, mastery, competence, and relatedness through worldbuilding, puzzles, and exploration.

When is the Witchfire Early Access Release Date?

Nice! I can’t wait to play it. Luckily, we won’t have to wait long — Witchfire enters early access on September 20, 2023.

The Astronauts are a small team working as hard as they can to make Witchfire a polished experience, even for early access. There may be many different variables that contributed to Witchfire going to early access first instead of a full release, but either way, we’re excited.

What Platforms Will Witchfire Be On?

Currently, Witchfire is only set to release on PC via the Epic Games Store. Eventually, Witchfire may come to Steam and/or consoles, but for now, you can wishlist Witchfire on the Epic Games Store.

- This article was updated on June 8th, 2023

About The Author

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From his early days of blog-style music, movie, and game reviews to working as the Esports Writer at Coastline Community College, Noah Nelson now works fulltime as a Staff Writer for Attack of the Fanboy and PC Invasion. He has been helping gamers everywhere with Destiny 2 god rolls, Warzone 2 DMZ missions, and collectibles in any indie game for over a year and a half. His Bachelor's Degree in English Rhetoric and Composition with a minor in Journalism from CSULB has shaped him to be a strong writer and editor. His fondest gaming memory is playing Sly Cooper 2 after begging his mom (for hours) to play it before his birthday and he still cries myself to sleep remembering the time he accidentally saved over his 99% completion save file in Kingdom Hearts 2.