Red Thread’s Draugen Looks Terrifying

I honestly don’t think I’ll be able to play Red Thread’s (Dreamfall Chapters) new first-person survival horror game, Draugen.

Ragnar Tornquist should take that as a compliment. Draugen looks terrifying. How scary will it be? Tornquist described it as “Gone Home meets Amnesia.” He also shared a teaser trailer with Eurogamer, and you can see it for yourself below. Before you push play, here’s the setup:

Inspired by Scandinavian literature, legends and fairytales, as well as Norse mythology and the Icelandic sagas — Draugen 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.

Tornquist described it as Gone Home meets Amnesia, but it evokes more of a Dear Esther vibe for me. Dear Esther was creepy, but it never went full-on horror, and I for one am happy it didn’t. I likely would have fouled my pants. And that’s why I don’t think I’ll be able to handle Draugen.

Red Thread Games was awarded a $144,000 grand for Draugen by the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI). The studio will seek additional funding via Kickstarter and looks to ship Draugen sometime in 2015 — and with Oculus Rift virtual reality support, no less.

Yeah, I definitely can’t play this.

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