Gaming Roundup: The Creator of The Longest Journey Enters Horror Gaming with Draugen


Way back in 1999, developer Ragnar Tørnquist and a small Norwegian studio named Funcom released a little point-and-click game called The Longest Journey, which gained repute as one of the best adventure games of all time, driven by one of the most memorable female gaming protagonists ever. In 2012, Tørnquist launched his own independent studio, Red Thread Games, with the intent of revisiting the universe established in The Longest Journey and its sequel, but in between, he and his team found the time and resources to fund Draugen — an upcoming horror mystery game that looks to be part Alan Wake, part Amnesia, and part Gone Home.

Draugen is set amidst the fjords and mountains of Norway’s west coast in 1923. The gamer steps into the shoes of an American photographer and scientist who is investigating the sudden, unexplained disappearance of an entire remote fishing community. Red Thread describes the game as “a dark and harrowing tale of one man’s descent into madness… inspired by Norse mythology, Norwegian fairy tales and national romanticism, Dostoyevsky, Hamsun and H. P. Lovecraft.” As you search for clues to piece together the final days of the vanished settlement, darkness falls, the fog and sea close in around you, and your investigation transforms into a quest to survive the night.

Draugen is currently in development on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Xbox One, and is scheduled to launch sometime in 2015.

In other gaming news this week, Carmageddon returns, and we are denied Garrus Vakarian body pillows. Read on!

  • Many a gamer expressed consternation at Facebook’s acquisition of the Oculus Rift, but veteran developer and Oculus Chief Technology Officer John Carmack found a little optimism in the situation, stating: “I do have reasons to believe that [Facebook] get[s] the Big Picture as I see it, and will be a powerful force towards making it happen.”
  • Interested in crowdfunding some space horror? Check out the trailer for Caffeine below, then check out its IndieGoGo page if you’re so inclined.

  • EA took April Fools a little too far this week and issued an apology to Nintendo for their cracks against the Wii U’s lack of power. The developers of EA’s Frostbite Engine took a few shots at the Wii U via their Twitter feed on April 1, claiming (among other things) that “Frostbite now runs on the #WiiU since it is the most powerful Gen4 platform, our renderer is now optimized for Mario and Zelda.” This didn’t sit too well with EA COO Peter Moore, who quickly apologized.
  • The original Carmageddon was a unique blend of speed, brutality, and splattered pedestrians that captured the hearts of 90s gamers everywhere. Now the Carmageddon crew is back with Carmageddon: Reincarnation, launching later this year after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Check out the teaser below for a taste of what’s to come.

  • If you’ve been playing Telltale’s latest offering, The Wolf Among Us, take note: Episode Three is launching soon.
  • Finally, another April Fools joke evoked much consternation online—this time on BioWare’s part. The Mass Effect developers launched a Garrus Vakarian body pillow on their Store the other day, complete with an unclickable Buy button—thus frustrating thousands of Garrus fanboys and fangirls around the world.

If there are games you’d like us to cover or blogs you think we should be following for more news, please let us know @tdelucci or @pritpaulbains.

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