Polish developer Enjoy Studio has launched a Kickstarter campaign for open-world life simulation game The Witch of Fern Island. It is seeking €15,000 in funding.
The Witch of Fern Island is planned 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 playing The Witch of Fern Island to enjoy the progress resulting from the slow-paced, yet satisfying gameplay,” said Enjoy Studio game director Patryk Pietraszkiewicz in a press release. “Our game can be classified as a ‘cozy game,’ but we wanted it to become 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 is 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 the role of a young girl called Abrill, who wants to become a certified Witch. The story takes place on the titular Fern Island–an alternative world heavily influenced by three different cultures inhabiting it and shrouded in a magical aura with fantastic fauna and flora. The player’s task is to pass the academic internship in order to complete the Witches exam. Abrill will live on the island, bringing help and support to the local community. It is up to the player to determine the fate of this land and its people. Players will be free to explore a vast 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 revitalize a divided community. However, it all depends on what path the player will follow, as Abrill’s behavior will be assessed, as a part of the internship.
The Witch of Fern Island combines gameplay elements of multiple categories: sandbox, open world with RPG elements, adventure, and exploration. The game has no end, the daily and calendar systems allow players to feel the passage of time—they can observe changes in the community, the seasons of the year and take part in various holidays and festivals. There will always be interesting activities on Fern Island! Fishing, photography, archeology, 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!
Watch the official trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.