Red Thread Games' Draugen is due for release tomorrow, and when we caught up with gameplay director Martin Bruusgaard at the Nordic Game Conference we asked for a brief explanation on what the game is all about, for those who don't know.
"It's a mystery, first-person game. We call the genre 'fjord-noir'", he told us, before adding that it's a "story about an American who is looking for his lost sister. He knows that his sister is in this village in Norway, and the setting is in the 1920s, so he's come here to this village looking for his sister, but when he arrives at the village it's empty, everybody's gone."
When we asked if story was the heavy focus here, Bruusgaard confirmed, adding that "we have some fantastic voice actors, a great writer that has put together an amazing experience."
When compared to Dreamfall Chapters, Bruusgaard says: "It's shorter. Dreamfall's a very long game [...] It's more linear - we're telling one story here - but it's quite detailed; lots of things in the world to interact with, lots to read. And one of the super cool things I feel like we've done with this game is that you have a person with you as you're exploring this village. We find that, often in games like this, picking up something and have just this monologue to yourself feels a bit awkward [...] but here you have this person with you that you can have this dialogue with. And you can see the world through your eyes as the player, but also through her eyes, and having that dialogue as you're going through this world brings a very, very unique experience."
Our review of Draugen is live right now if you want to read it before release tomorrow. Do you like the sound of 'fjord-noir'?