Most of us associate Red Thread Games with the highly anticipated Dreamfall Chapters, but along with producing the next installment in The Longest Journey saga, the Norwegian studio has also begun work on a much different adventure, a first-person psychological horror called Draugen.
Inspired by "Scandinavian literature, legends and fairytales, along with Norse mythology and the Icelandic sagas", Draugen is set in the 1920s amongst the "deep fjords and towering mountains of Norway’s awe-inspiring west coast." There the population of an entire remote fishing village has mysteriously disappeared, and it's up to a visiting "American nature photographer, botanist and entomologist" to investigate. As players "explore the tiny settlement, gathering clues and memories, and unearthing the truth behind a terrible tragedy, they will learn more about the history of the village and its inhabitants. And they will come to see that behind even the most innocent of facades lurks the potential for malice."
You won't be entirely alone in this deserted town, as "from time to time, a woman in black can be spotted in the distance. Who is she, and what is her connection to this place? Who is the little girl singing broken lullabies as the sky begins to darken?" These haunting apparitions will be the least of your worries when night falls, however, as the titular Draugen – undead creatures from Norse mythology – "reside in their watery graves, guarding the treasures and secrets that were buried with them. And they will protect those secrets at any cost…"
Currently in early development for PC, Mac, Linux and next-gen consoles, there is no firm release target for Draugen just yet, as Red Thread is planning on launching a Kickstarter for the game in order to complete it sometime in 2015.