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'Blacktail' Developers Receive Minority Stake Investment From Tencent

by Rainier on Jan. 12, 2022 @ 12:15 p.m. PST

In Blacktail, guide Yaga along the path to become a fearsome guardian of the forest or the dark legend that haunts children's nightmares.

Become the witch of the woods in Blacktail.

Slavic myth comes to life in this first-person, open-world, action-adventure title. Discover Yaga's story and guide her along the path to become a fearsome guardian of the forest or the dark legend that haunts children's nightmares.

In Blacktail, play as Yaga, a young woman cast out of her medieval village for witchcraft. Guided by a dark voice, you'll take up a bow and mystical powers to create the myth of Baba Yaga by living out the origins of this classic folk story.

As Yaga, players hunt living memories through mythic woods while following the trail of missing children. Foul spirits hold the secrets of Yaga's past and keys to her future. On this journey, Yaga will have to make difficult choices leading her down the path of light to become the guardian of the woods or down a trail of darkness to the terror of nightmares. Make these decisions as you explore a surreal landscape that blends realism with storybook aesthetics.

In addition to Yaga's bow and gauntlet, players will have a selection of abilities that shift based on your morality throughout the journey.

Celebrating the second anniversary of their studio, The Parasight is excited to welcome Tencent as a minority investor.

“I’m excited for everything the future holds for this partnership—with this, The Parasight joins the ranks of top-tier developers who have Tencent’s backing.” said Bartosz Kaproń, CEO & Creative Director. “We are an experienced team, but a young studio. Having Tencent with its experience and vast technological background invest in our vision, Blacktail and future projects shows incredible faith in our team, and we aim to honor that trust. 

Tencent will leave full autonomy of creativity and operations across all aspects of the studio, including projects, talent, publishing rights, and IP ownership in our hands while opening doors around the world. The partnership is oriented on supporting the studio on long-term growth and building a best-in-class development team.

“In two years we’ve tripled our dev team and built a brand new IP from scratch, continues Kaproń. “Our first franchise, only months ahead of  launch, is attracting attention from all over the industry. Announced via IGN Showcase and featured at The Game Awards ID@XBOX demo event, we’re aspiring for Blacktail to be one of 2022’s most creative next-gen premium indie experiences. Current industry support and recent Tencent involvement indicate that there is ground for future developments in that particular genre. This is still the beginning of our journey.” 

Key Features:

  • Use your trusty bow and gauntlet to defeat enemies throughout your journey
  • Craft arrows and potions, hunt wild game, and harvest herbs to survive in the uncanny woods
  • Find hidden treasures and pieces of Slavic legends
  • Follow a mysterious voice leading Yaga down the dark path to power and discover your own past along the way
  • Track down elusive spirits and engage in thrilling boss fights to recollect Yaga's missing memories
  • Relive memories to gather clues and solve the mystery of Yaga’s lost friends
  • Dive beyond the surreal. Every memory is an artfully crafted 2.5D narrative episode — each a trippy vision shedding light on Yaga’s heart and soul, as well as her mysterious origin
  • Define your alliances and beliefs through story-driven side quests. Decide the fate of the land and its inhabitants: be vengeful and manipulative, or honest and compassionate
  • Blacktail's Morality System will significantly impact your gameplay experience. Watch your skillset change as you make story defining choices that shift your morality
  • Collect lost recipes from the ancient Grimoire, brew elixirs in the Cauldron to unlock skill upgrades and grow into a great power

 Blacktail is planned to release on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC (Steam) in 2022.

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