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The Ghost Galleon brings huge new update for Early Access FPS Witchfire

Ensconced in Early Access for the PC, The Astronauts’ dark fantasy FPS Witchfire just got a massive update with The Ghost Galleon.

Setting sail for quality of life

Just one part of what the Ghost Galleon update brings to Witchfire, are quality of life updates and fixes. The drop does much more than just that though, bringing new enemies, events, weaponry, and playable classes to the game.

The class list now includes Slayer, Berserker, Hunter, Shadow, Saint, and the very interesting Penitent. More than just a simple class, Penitent actually adds difficulty, meaning that those looking for a greater challenge might want to give it a try. Just don’t hurt yourselves. Also interesting, is that there’s a new feature called Gnosis that lets players “over-level”, as developer The Astronauts put it.

Players can gain occult knowledge via Gnosis, allowing them to “gain power and uncover hidden paths and events in the game”, taking them over their current level. So it’s a little bit of an over-powering, that should give fans a boost against Witchfire’s uglies.

Speaking of that, The name “Ghost Galleon” actually comes from a new Calamity event that players can find in the game. It’s literally a ghost ship that sails through the skies, and is covered with demonic foes to dispatch. Check out all of the above and more in the new trailer.

I like when gameplay matches lore,” said Adrian Chmielarz, Creative Director and Co-Founder of The Astronauts. “The Witch launches Calamities at preyers as they venture further and further into her realm. The threat of a Calamity is immense, but so is the reward. The witch tends to launch these assaults when players are wounded, at their weakest— which hasn’t always been well-received by players— but this design still feels exciting to me. So we’ve kept the soul of it, but redesigned it to feel more fair. It’s a feature that both teaches you how to play by pointing out mistakes, and motivates you to do better. Yet it’s also an element great players can abuse: trick the Witch into thinking you’re losing, then strike back and reap the rewards. This supports two main pillars of our design philosophy: Competence and Autonomy.”

The Astronauts press release

Ready to assault the undead and put an end to the Witch (until the next update anyway)? Witchfire is out now in Early Access, exclusively on the Epic Game Store. The Ghost Galleon update should be out as you read this.

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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