PUBG owner begins active development on lavish adaptation of Korea’s biggest fantasy novels

PUBG owner Krafton announced last year that it had acquired the rights to the popular Korean fantasy novels, The Bird The Drinks Tears, and today revealed that it has gone into full production on the title and launched an official website. (opens in new tab) with a lot of concept art and background information.

The Bird That Drinks Tears is a four-part fantasy series written by Yeongdo Lee, who is considered a pioneer of the Korean fantasy genre. The story revolves around four races (Human, Rekkon, Tokebi and Nhaga), and the discovery of a Nhaga plot that forces the other three races to come together under an old proverb: ‘three handles one’.

Krafton is putting a huge amount of money into this project, believing it can build a “global franchise” around the license, including hiring talent such as concept artist Iain McCaig, who previously worked on visualizing Hollywood films such as the Harry Potter, The Avengers, Terminator and Star Wars.

“The Bird that Drinks Tears is unlike any other fantasy story I’ve read, with fresh new ways to explore human nature,” McCaig says. “That’s what attracts me the most. It’s an epic similar to The Lord of the Rings of Dune. The fantasy world is fresh and visceral, mixing traditional archetypes with completely original dream and nightmare images. I was working on my own projects at the time. “To do this meant I had to put them all aside. It had to be something incredibly special for me to do that. It turned out to be so.”

Krafton has begun full production of the game, saying it is “aggressively recruiting the world’s best development talent” to work on it. However, it’s unclear what part of Krafton is working on it: the company consists of PUBG Studios, Bluehole Studio, Striking Distance Studios, Unknown Worlds, and many other studios.

My first though was that this was going to be an MMOG. However, I’ve done a bit of rummaging through the job boards and while there are few selections, a desirable qualification for an executive producer role is (opens in new tab) “experience launching one or more story-driven single player open world games as an executive producer, creative director, game director or similar”. So you never know.

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