PUBG owner Krafton, which announced last year that it had acquired the rights to the popular Korean fantasy novel The Bird The Drinks Tears, revealed today that it is in full production and launched an official website (opens in new tab) There’s a bunch of concept art and background info.
“The Bird That Drinks Tears” is a four-part fantasy series written by Lee Young-do, who is considered a pioneer of the Korean fantasy genre. The story revolves around four races (Humans, Rekkon, Tokebi, and Nhaga) and uncovers a Nhaga conspiracy to force the other three to come together under the old adage: “Three in One, One”.
Kafton has invested heavily in the project, believing it could build a “global franchise” around the license, including hiring talent such as concept artist Iain McCaig, who previously worked on bringing Harry Visualization of Hollywood movies like Potter, Avengers, Terminator and more. Star Wars.
“The Tear-Drinking Bird is unlike any other fantasy story I’ve read, it explores human nature in a whole new way,” McCaig said. “That’s what attracts me the most. It’s an epic comparable to Lord of the Rings or Dune. The fantasy world is fresh and visceral, mixing traditional archetypes with completely original imagery of dreams and nightmares . I was working on my own projects at the time; being involved meant putting them all aside. I needed to have something very special to do that. It turned out to be true.”
Krafton has entered full-scale production on the game and says it is “actively recruiting the world’s top development talent” to develop it. It’s unclear what part of Krafton is developing it, though: the company consists of PUBG Studios, Bluehole Studio, Striking Distance Studios, Unknown Worlds, and many others.
My first thought was that this would be an MMOG.However, I went through a few job pages and while the options are few, a qualification is required For the role of executive producer is (opens in new tab) “Experience launching one or more narrative-driven single-player open-world games as an executive producer, creative director, game director or similar”. So you never know.