Norwegian Developers Red Thread Games announced a couple months ago that they received a generous grant from the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI) for their upcoming title, Draugen, a first-person psychological survival horror adventure game, a game that slipped under our radar back in October. Sorry about that.

Red Thread describes the game thusly:

Draugen is set in an isolated coastal village in northwestern Norway in 1923. The story is experienced through the eyes — and spectacles — of an American traveler, a stranger in a strange land, searching for his missing sister. But when the traveler arrives in this village on the edge of the civilised world, he finds that nothing is quite what it seems…and there are things out there in the deep, dark waters.

Draugen – a derivative of Old Norse Draugr, a type of Norse undead creature like a corporeal ghost – takes inspirations from a number of places including Norse mythology, Nordic noir, New England Gothic, Scandinavian fairytales and even H.P. Lovecraft. Because we all need more unspeakable eldritch horrors from beyond the stars in our lives.

Draugen is a psychological survival horror game, and the player will have to survive and stay sane for one whole week in this harsh and alien environment, while investigating the many mysteries, explore the village and its surroundings, and escape the things that whisper and moan and sing in the uncanny shadows.

The grant from the NFI was for $150,000 – putting Red Thread’s total support from the institute at $370,000 – meaning the game can move into full production. Red Thread will be bringing Draugen to Kickstarter in the near future. Draugen is being developed using the Unreal Engine 4 for PC and current-gen consoles.

For more information about the game, check out Red Thread’s website here and follow them on Twitter (@RedThreadGames). And be sure to follow OnlySP on Facebook and Twitter (@Official_OnlySP) for more about this exciting (and terrifying) project as it becomes available.

Brienne Gacke
Writer, journalist, teacher, pedant. Brienne's done just about anything and everything involving words and now she's hoping to use them for something she's passionate about: video games. She's been gaming since the onset of the NES era and has never looked back.

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