Draugen Goes into Development

By Cindy Minguez, 2 years ago
Norway is a place of water and hills, fjords and mountains -- a beautiful land of deep green forests and misty ocean passages. It's also a land of ancient legends -- a wild, barbaric place where the people worshipped their pagan gods for centuries after Christianity tamed Europe, a place feared by Romans and Greeks alike -- the land of the Vikings, Odin, and Thor, the land of Ragnarok. Norway is also the home of the Draug -- ghost-like creatures who retain corporeal bodies, creatures who inhabit watery graves and protect the treasures they guard at any cost.

This the land of Draugen.


Red Thread Games has recently been awarded a grant by the Norwegian Film Institute to develop Draugen, a first-person survival horror game steeped in Norse legend and set on Norway's west coast in the 1920's.



The game is a dark and disturbing journey into the pitch black heart of Norwegian national romanticism, as seen through the eyes of an American nature photographer, botanist and entomologist.

The story -- inspired by Scandinavian literature, legends and fairytales, as well as Norse mythology and the Icelandic sagas -- is set in the early 1920s, and delves into the deepest, darkest secrets of a remote fishing community where every single soul has mysteriously vanished.

As the player explores 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.

But there is more to this place than meets the eye.

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? And when night falls, and those last few, precious drops of kerosene in the lamp feed a fragile, flickering flame, what hides out there in the darkness and in the cold, black sea?

Discover the clues. Uncover the memories. Decipher the past. Survive the night.
Draugen is in development for next-gen consoles. No release window has been announced as the game has just entered development.
Cindy Minguez
Written by Cindy Minguez
Cindy has been writing for TA/TT for three years now and is the Assistant Manager of the Newshounds at TrueTrophies. She's an English instructor at a small college and considered a remarkably cool teacher for knowing all about Mass Effect, Skyrim, and Diablo III.