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Psychological Horror Game ‘Draugen’ Now in Full Production, Coming to PC and Current-Gen in 2016

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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.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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