Ragnar Tornquist's young studio Red Thread Games may be hard at work on their Kickstarter project Dreamfall Chapters, but they're already starting on a second project. Announced today, Draugen is a first-person survival horror game inspired by Norse folklore surrounding an undead monster guarding treasure and secrets in a watery grave. I'm actually shivering already.
The story is told through the eyes of an American nature photographer, botanist and entomologist. Set in the 1920's the protagonist visits Norway's west coast, with towering mountains and deep fjords. Unfortunately the settlement he visits is probably haunted or something. The game's about an undead creature after all. I don't have much hope for the poor sucker, to be honest. Scandinavian/Norse mythology is pretty freaking dark stuff.
Draugen is planned for release on PC/Mac/Linux and doesn't have a release window just yet. There's no currently announced Kickstarter plan, as the project is supposedly being funded by a $144,000 grant from the Norwegian Film Institute. That's not much money though and unless Draugen is a 60-minute experimental game, I wouldn't be surprised if a Kickstarter popped up in the coming months. It worked for Dreamfall Chapters, after all.