The company behind the mega-hit PUBG: Battlegrounds, Krafton, has a website with details on its upcoming game, an as yet unnamed title based on the Korean fantasy novel series The Bird That Drinks Tears by Lee Yeong-do (thanks NME ) .
Currently under the official moniker “Unannounced Project”, the game is in its very early stages of development. But from the shared footage, the game could have some very imaginative settings. It matches what Krafton is saying in that he wants to conjure up “unique and refreshing fantasy races, beautiful and haunting landscapes, and captivating, immersive and harrowing stories”.
The Bird That Drinks Tears is a series of novels by author Yeong-do Lee, considered a pioneer of the Korean fantasy genre, according to Krafton. “As one of Korea’s best-selling fantasy authors with millions of copies sold, Mr. Lee is an exceptionally imaginative writer who constructs elaborate worlds and fills them with complex characters,” Krafton said.
Ian McCaig, an artist credited with the designs of Padmé Amidala and Darth Maul, has been busy with concept art for the unannounced project for nearly two years. The concept art looks rather impressive and quite enjoyable to browse. McCaig said the project appealed to him because it’s “unlike any other fantasy story” he’s ever read with “new ways to explore human nature” and it’s “an epic to tied with The Lord of the Rings and Dune”, so this fantasy is quite grand indeed.
The art featured here is taken from the “visual inspiration” gallery found on the project’s official website. Here at TheGamer, we’re pretty impressed with the warrior chicken guy. Concept art shows some of the characters and races that can be found in the universe of The Bird That Drinks Tears. This novel was first published in 2003 by Golden Bough of South Korea and features a Proto-Korean language as well as races taken from Indian and Korean legends. There is one sequel novel so far: The Bird That Drinks Blood. It is expected that there will be four novels in total in the series.
Meanwhile, the game’s adaptation is still looking to recruit talent for its development, so don’t expect Krafton’s game for a while.
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