Following the success of Vampyr, Focus Entertainment and DON’T NOD had announced a new collaboration to bring one of the most ambitious projects in the history of both the publisher and the studio and at The Game Awards 2022, we learned that the 2023 title is called Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden.
“We’re so excited to finally lift the veil on Banishers, a project born from our long-standing partnership with DON’T NOD,” says John Bert, Managing Director at Focus Entertainment. “The studio has an unmatched talent for creating worlds that are as unique as they are immersive. They are amazing storytellers who know how to truly enhance an efficient, innovative gameplay with narrative and emotions. That’s exactly what they are doing with Banishers. It’s a very ambitious project, which is sure to receive a very warm welcome from players all around the world.”
The game takes place in New Eden, 1695. Antea Duarte and Red mac Raith are lovers and Banishers, ghost-hunters who vowed to protect the living from the threat of lingering ghosts and specters. Following a disastrous last mission, Antea is fatally wounded, becoming one of the spirits she loathes. In the haunted wilds of North America, the couple desperately searches for a way to liberate Antea from her new plight.
Players will get to immerse themselves in a beautiful, intimate, and powerful story between two fated lovers. As Banishers, players will enter the lives of New Eden’s communities and solve haunting cases in a mystical, lore-rich world plagued with supernatural creatures and ancient secrets. Use your wits or combine Antea’s spiritual powers and Red’s arsenal to defeat and banish the souls tormenting the living. But that’s not all, challenging decisions will lay on your path, dramatically impacting your story and the fate of New Eden’s inhabitants—be they living people or wandering souls.
“I am very proud of the talented team hard at work developing this exciting new action-RPG and delighted to once again have the privileged support of our accomplished partner Focus Entertainment,” shares Oskar Guilbert, CEO of DON’T NOD. “We are very excited to be at The Game Awards for this announcement and hope that this first teaser gives players a glimpse of the deep and intense experience that Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden will offer. We look forward to revealing more in the coming months!”
Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden will be released at the end of 2023 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.