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Witchfire GGU Diary 2: Rambo, Time Stealers and Dark Fantasies

Explaining the design pillars of Witchfire

This isn’t the easiest blog post to write. No, nothing bad happened. It’s just that we had our Witchfire release party – hey, better late than never – last night. It started innocently enough… …but many bottles were opened that night and after the dinner we all went back to the studio and talked, accompanied […]

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Witchfire GGU Diary 1: Level Art and the Sunken Cost Fallacy

More Astronauts, more fun.

You know what is the common biggest mistake of a successful game studio? They start making multiple projects. I did it back in 1995. We – I co-owned a studio called Metropolis – just released Teenagent, that made us a lot of money, relatively speaking, of course. So we started the work on: It was […]

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Witchfire GGU Diary: Prologue

Why we stopped patching, what are the pillars of the first big update, and what is Valve Light?

In the episode zero of the diary about our first big update, I want share some light on why we stopped patching the current version, and what are the three pillars of the GGU (the codename for our first big update as described in the roadmap). Not a game exists that is bug-free. If we […]

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Witchfire Development Roadmap - October 2023

Trying to keep things spoiler-free...

Here it is, our (almost) spoiler-free, condensed vision for Witchfire. The things we will be working on until we reach 1.0. This vision is an amalgam of two different thoughts. One is ours, the designs we cook up and the worlds we want to bring to life. The other is yours, the players. We said […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Incredible – Two Weeks of Witchfire

The latest info, straight from the Vatican dungeons

Here’s a candid report on the first week of Witchfire. What went right, what went wrong, and what blew our minds. The Good The reception is phenomenal to us. Most – not all, to be clear – players and professional reviewers seem to like the game. Witchfire enters early access with a bright future ahead […]

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(sticky post) Witchfire Patch Notes

All of the patches, all of the notes

PATCH 2024.04.12 Highlights Other fixes, updates and tweaks PATCH HOTFIX Gameplay PATCH 0.2 – Ghost Galleon Update The detailed GGU patch notes are available in a special blog post here. PATCH Important announcement! First, unless a severe issue is found, this is the final patch until the GGU (our first big […]

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Witchfire Early Access FAQ

Almost Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Platforms, FoV, and Centered Crosshairs

“I won’t be able to squeeze that in” – said the programmer. “But it’s crucial it’s done. I cannot imagine the game without it.” – I replied. This went on for a while. I really wanted – no, needed! – a certain feature in the game. In my mind, it significantly enhanced the experience. Initially, […]

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Playtesting Witchfire, or Why Are Playtests Important

At GDE 2023, we showed the game to fellow developers and asked them to play it

You know that saying, „when the players tell you what’s wrong with your game, they’re always right, but when they tell you how to fix it, they’re always wrong”? There’s definitely some truth to it, but what if the feedback comes not from the players but from fellow game developers? Last week there was a […]

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The Preyer

A short story set in the world of Witchfire. Writer: Adrian Chmielarz. Translation: Ryszard Chojnowski, Aeddan Shaw.

I was close to death, and this time for good. The witchfire in my blood had cooled, with most of it having already evaporated. Were the last drop to have gone, so would I be too, awakening in Hell. The rescue, unlikely as it was, came thanks to human greed and stupidity. The old nag, […]

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