Polish developer Enjoy Studio has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the open-world life simulation game The Witch of Fern Island. It is seeking €15,000 in funding.
The Witch of Fern Island is scheduled for an Early Access release for PC via Steam in Q1 2023, followed by a full release across consoles and PC in Q1 2024.
“We want people to play The Witch of Fern Island to enjoy the progress that results from the slow, yet satisfying gameplay,” said Enjoy Studios game director Patryk Pietraszkiewicz in a press release. “Our game can be classified as a ‘fun game’, but we wanted it to be something more. The magical world of Fern Island is palpable in both gameplay and story levels. It allows us to present people’s stories from a more personal, deeper perspective.”
Here’s an overview of the game, via Enjoy Studio:
The Witch of Fern Island is a new game from Polish developer Enjoy Studio. Players will take on the role of a young girl named Abrill who wants to become a certified witch. The story takes place on the titular Fern Island – an alternate world heavily influenced by three different cultures inhabiting it and enveloped in a magical aura with fantastic fauna and flora. The player’s task is to pass the academic internship in order to complete the witch exam. Abrill will live on the island and bring help and support to the local community. It is up to the player to decide the fate of this land and its people. Players will be able to freely explore a large open world on foot, mounted or on a flying broomstick!
The Witch of Fern Island highlights the importance of culture in human life. Getting to know the inhabitants and their problems from Abrill’s perspective will allow you to reflect on the search for happiness and purpose in life. The characters’ personal stories teach that simple gestures of kindness can change people’s lives and revive a divided society. However, it depends entirely on which path the player will follow, as Abrill’s behavior will be assessed as part of the practice.
The Witch of Fern Island combines gameplay elements from several categories: sandbox, open world with RPG elements, adventure and exploration. The game has no end, the daily system and the calendar systems allow players to feel the passage of time – they can observe changes in society, seasons and participate in various holidays and festivals. There will always be interesting activities on Fern Island! Fishing, photography, archaeology, catching insects, researching local flora and fauna or participating in festivals and games! All this and more will allow you to experience an immersive adventure as a real witch!
- Witchcraft – character skill development includes learning new spells, rituals and exploration of magical lore. The player’s operational center is Birch Grove. We give the player a building that can be personalized and decorated according to personal preferences. Here the player can craft new potions, store the acquired items, rest, sell created items to the island’s inhabitants and much more! An equally important place is the farm where the player can grow plants, vegetables and herbs while experimenting with their magical variants. The player also has to take care of amazing animals that can be bred on the farm.
- Exploration – Fern Island is a colourful, lively and diverse world that hides many secrets. As the game progresses, players will unlock new passages that allow them to reach unexplored locations. By discovering individual parts of the island, players can find new ingredients and characters to interact with. This will expand the range of options available to the player and provide access to information that will allow solving ancient mysteries. Noteworthy is the mirror image of the world – “Astra”, which players will be able to access through the portals hidden on the island. It is an alternate world that can only be entered by characters with magical abilities – such as Abrill.
- Town – There is a city on the island where players will find inhabitants living their lives. They have dreams, problems and different character traits – each one is different and unique. During the day they work or spend their free time in their own way, they sleep at night and during the holidays – enjoy themselves at jointly organized parties. They share a common bond and their relationship is not always friendly. Residents have various problems that the player can help solve, thus influencing their fate. A town is a place where players can find shops, restaurants, bars and places of local culture.
Watch the official trailer below. See the first screenshots in the gallery.