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Draugen From Red Thread Games is No Longer MIA

Draugen From Red Thread Games is No Longer MIA

Draugen From Red Thread Games is No Longer MIA

Also, the game is now a “first-person, single-player Fjord Noir tale of mystery and suspense”

Category: Upcoming Release
Written by: Karla Munger on December 10, 2018
Genre: First-Person Psychological Mystery
Published by: Red Thread Games (Ragnar Tørnquist)
Developed by: Red Thread Games (Ragnar Tørnquist)
Release Date: 2019
Platform: Windows (soon), PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (later)

Draugen was first announced in 2013, with an anticipated launch date sometime in 2015. Then it seemed to fall off the radar.

Well, it’s back now, with an anticipated launch date sometime in 2019.

If this seems excessive, consider two previous games from Red Thread/Ragnar Tørnquist. Dreamfall: The Longest Journey was announced in 1999 and released in 2006. Dreamfall Chapters, which started as episodic, was changed to a self-contained single release, then back to episodic, was announced in 2007. The first of five “Books” was released in 2014.

Can you see a pattern here?

Draugen also seems to have undergone a genre change (that’s genre, not gender). It started out as Survival Horror, but is now described as Psychological Mystery. According to Red Thread: As for whether or not this game is ‘horror’ — it’s definitely not traditional horror. There are no jump scares. Draugen is more about mood, atmosphere, characters and storytelling, and we think the game can and will appeal to players who might be turned off by most horror-games. Is it scary? You’re trapped in an isolated place and…things happen. There are potentially scary bits. Your mileage will vary.

You can read about the game’s somewhat erratic progress so far in Draugen rises: a word from the creative director by Ragnar Tørnquist.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the game’s setting: 1923 Norway.

You play American Edward Charles Harden who, accompanied by his ward Lissie, has traveled to Norway to find his missing sister. The two of you will explore a remote coastal community nestled among the fjords and mountains of rural Norway. There, you’ll discover a darkness that lurks below the surface.

As previously mentioned, the plan is to release Draugen for Windows in 2019, followed by PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Karla Munger

Karla Munger

I've been with JA in one capacity or other since 2003. I'm currently website administrator. I'm also a digital artist (my avatar is one of my creations). I write reviews and articles, create graphics and basically help tend the site. It's work I enjoy very much. I love playing games of all kinds, but adventure and RPGs are my favorites (particularly scary/dark/unsettling ones). At the top of my list are The Cat Lady, The Longest Journey, Dreamfall, Still Life (first one only), Scratches and Culpa Innata. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool recluse and prefer the company of animals, hardware and ghosts to human beings (no offense). And no bio would be complete without my saying that I do NOT care for phones of ANY sort. Further, I think Dell computers are garbage and that Microsoft has become megalomaniacal. "I put my heart and soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." - Vincent Van Gogh "I need solitude for my writing; not like a hermit - that wouldn't be enough - but like a dead man." - Franz Kafka "I've been to hell and back, my boy." - Susan Ashworth, The Cat Lady

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