Red Thread Games has announced Draugen, a first-person survival horror adventure set amongst Norway’s misty fjords in the 20s. The studio received a $144,000 grant from the Norwegian Film Institute to develop the game for PC/Mac/Linux and next generation consoles. Check out some screens and art after the break.
While the line “first-person survival horror adventure” might immediately make you shut down these days, keep in mind Red Thread are the guys who made The Longest Journey and its Dreamfall based sequels, so there’ll probably be more a focus on the “adventure” than in most games of its ilk.
For those who haven’t played Skyrim, the game’s title refers to a Norse undead creature called a Draug, a corporeal ghost who resides in a watery grave. Although details about how the game will actually play are limited, the story sees the player exploring a remote fishing settlement in the mountains where everyone has mysteriously disappeared. As is oft the player’s role in any video game narrative, you will play amateur archeologist and historian, learning of the terrible tragedies that preceded you and discovering the hidden malice in the souls of all people. Puts me in mind of The Shadow over Innsmouth.
“The game is a dark and disturbing journey into the pitch black heart of Norwegian national romanticism, as seen through the eyes of an American nature photographer, botanist and entomologist.”
The screens and concept art are certainly something.