The manufacturers of PUBG continue to branch out into something different, bringing their expertise to the horror genre. Krafton is developing a new game based on the Korean fantasy novel, The bird that drinks tears. Be careful, this will not be for the faint-hearted. A brief cinematic trailer released today, and the game already looks full of guts, gore, dismemberment, and fantasy swordplay – the perfect horror cocktail.
The bird that drinks tears is a series of fantasy novels by Lee Yeongdo that feature common fantasy tropes mixed with aspects of Korean culture. For example, “dokkaebi”, Korean deities who possess powers to help or deceive humans, replace your typical elves and demons. One of these creatures, a “Nhaga”, is brutally decimated in the trailer when a seemingly important figure cuts off their heads before showing them their flailing bodies. Now that really sets the mood.
A fantastic new horror game
The bird that drinks tears was originally posted on an Internet forum, which continued Lee’s tradition of first posting his work to online forums. After The bird that drinks tears was released as a four-volume physical series, Lee released The bird that drinks blood, which takes place in the same universe. At this time, we don’t know how faithful the adaptation of Krafton’s game will be to the novels. The trailer is simply marked as a concept trailer, after all.
In that sense, the trailer doesn’t reveal much in terms of gameplay or lore. But it does set the mood in all its bloody glory, even though Krafton still hasn’t given us the name of the game. I guess that means there’s not much progress as far as development goes. But whenever this “unannounced project” takes off, it promises to be a violent chasm of demon-slaying violence and hopefully some good scares too.