PUBG developer Krafton has revealed that its working on an untitled project based on the popular Korean fantasy series, The Bird That Drinks Tears, written by Yeongdo Lee. The four-part series is considered the to be one of the forerunners of the Korean fantasy genre and revolves around the story of the Human, Rekkon, and Tokebi races’ as they work together to thwart the nefarious plans of a fourth race called the Nhaga .
“The Nhaga, one of the most unique races in this universe, occupy the Southern half of the world through a massive war that happened in the past, and leads a reclusive culture without interacting with the other three races ever since,” reads the upcoming game’s official website. “Then, all of a sudden, by a certain collaborator of Nhaga, a frightening plot Nhaga is planning gets revealed.”
“Now, the three races in the North, under a proverb older than dirt ‘Three handles one,’ need to create a rescue party comprised of a pathfinder, a defeater, and a magician, jump into the jungles of Nhaga, and rescue the collaborator.”
Krafton has been working on the overall design for the game for the past two years and has hired world renowned Hollywood concept artist Iain McCaig to help them bring their vision to life as design director for the project. McCaig has worked on several award-winning movies, including The Avengers, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Terminator.
“The Bird that Drinks Tears is unlike any other fantasy story I have read, with fresh new ways of exploring human nature. That’s what attracts me most,” said McCaig. “It’s an epic on a par with The Lord of the Rings or Dune. The fantasy world is fresh and visceral, mingling traditional archetypes with dream and nightmare images that are wholly original. I was working on my own projects at the time; engaging with this meant putting them all aside. It needed to be something incredibly special for me to do that. If it turns out, it was.”
The Bird That Drinks Tears game recently moved into full production so it’s going to be a long wait before we’ll get to see it. Based on Krafton’s job postings for the project, it also looks like it’s going to be a single-player game. But, you never know whether Krafton might decide to add a multiplayer feature of some sort in the future. In the meantime, the official website is now live with a few pieces of concept art for your perusal.