Update – July 29, 2021: Krafton has offered comment on its ‘Project Windless’
Krafton has told us that, “while [it] obviously admire[s] the multimedia success of The Witcher, it was actually select members of the media” who made the comparison between the studio’s novel-inspired multimedia franchise to The Witcher. The studio also says that “The Bird That Drinks Tears is an amazing IP that features in-depth lore and an incredible new world,” and that it “see[s] immense value and untapped potential in the IP, and there is ample opportunity to expand that IP through a variety of mediums – not just games”. However, it still sounds like the multimedia project could still have appeal in a similar vein to The Witcher series based on what’s been revealed so far. Original story follows.
Earlier this year, PUBG developer and publisher Krafton announced it was going to be expanding a Korean fantasy novel called The Bird That Drinks Tears into a “multimedia franchise”, bringing renowned Hollywood concept artist Iain McCaig on board to help bring it to life. Beyond this, nothing was known about what the studio was cooking up other than its codename ‘Project Windless’, but now it looks like Krafton’s got a fantasy game in the works that’s reportedly like a “Korean Witcher”.
PUBG dataminer PlayerIGN has been reporting on a Krafton press conference held today – and in the South Korean language, it seems – on Twitter, and one of the topics that seems to have been covered is this fantasy novel-inspired IP.