Kickstarter campaign launched for open-world life simulation game The Witch of Fern Island

Polish developer Enjoy Studio has launched a Kickstarter campaign for an open-world life simulation game The Witch of Fern Island. He is looking for €15,000 in funding.

The Witch of Fern Island is slated for an Early Access release for PC via Steam in Q1 2023, followed by a full release on consoles and PC in Q1 2024.

“We want people to play The Witch of Fern Island to enjoy the progress that comes from slow but satisfying gameplay,” Enjoy Studio Game Director Patryk Pietraszkiewicz said in a press release. “Our game can be categorized as a ‘friendly game’, but we wanted it to be something more. The magical world of Fern Island is palpable in both gameplay and story. This allows us to present people’s stories from a more personal and deeper perspective.

Here’s a preview of the game, via Enjoy Studio:

About

The Witch of Fern Island is a new game from Polish developer Enjoy Studio. Players will take on the role of a young girl called Abrill, who wants to become a certified witch. The story is set on the titular Fern Island – an alternate world heavily influenced by three different cultures that inhabit it and shrouded in a magical aura with fantastic flora and fauna. The player’s task is to pass the academic internship in order to complete the witch exam. Abrill will live on the island, providing help and support to the local community. It is up to the player to determine the fate of this land and its inhabitants. Players will be free to explore a vast open world on foot, on horseback or on a flying broomstick!

The Witch of Fern Island emphasizes the importance of culture in human life. Getting to know the locals and their problems from Abrill’s perspective will allow you to think about finding happiness and purpose in life. The personal stories of the characters teach that simple acts of kindness can change people’s lives and revitalize a divided community. However, it all depends on the path the player will take, as Abrill’s behavior will be assessed as part of the stage.

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 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, archaeology, catching insects, researching local flora and fauna or participating in festivals and games! All this and more will allow you to live an immersive adventure as a real witch!

Main characteristics

  • Witchcraft – Character skill progression includes learning new spells, rituals, and exploring magical knowledge. The player’s operational center is Birch Grove. We give the player a building that can be customized and furnished to their personal preferences. Here the player can craft new magic potions, store acquired items, rest, sell crafted items to island residents, and much more! An equally important location is the farm, where the player can grow plants, vegetables, and herbs, while experimenting with their magical varieties. The player also has to take care of fantastic animals that can be raised on the farm.
  • Exploration – Fern Island is a colorful, lively and diverse world that hides many secrets. As the game progresses, players will unlock new passages that will allow them to reach unexplored places. By discovering individual parts of the island, players can find new ingredients and characters that they can interact with. This will expand the range of options available to the player and provide access to information that helps solve age-old mysteries. It is worth noting the mirror image of the world – “Astra”, which players will be able to access through the hidden portals on the island. It’s an alternate world, which can only be entered by characters with magical abilities, like Abrill.
  • Town – There is a town on the island, where players will find locals living their lives. They have different dreams, problems and 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 they have fun at jointly organized parties. They share a common bond and their not always friendly relations. The inhabitants have various problems that the player can help solve, and thus influence 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.

official trailer

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