Blacktail: In the new first-person adventure you are Baba Jaga

Blacktail: In the new first-person adventure you are Baba Jaga


Blacktail is a new first-person adventure based on the myth of the Baba Yaga. The game revolves around the girl Yaga, who was accused of witchcraft and banished from her village. The announcement trailer begins with a classic fairy tale narrative, but very quickly shows dark first-person gameplay with a focus on archery. According to IGN, the combat system was built around the bow and a glove. The protagonist Yaga is asked by a mysterious voice to chase a group of missing children who are believed to have been lost in the woods. Armed with the bow, you have to defend yourself against evil spirits, uncover the secrets of Yaga's past and make decisions that will change her future.

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There is an exact release date for the title not yet known, but it should be released this winter for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X | S.

Blacktail is a creepy first-person adventure from a team of horror veterans

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Blacktail is a new first-person adventure game based on the mythical Baba Yaga, and it's coming to PC and new-gen consoles.

Revealed during IGN's Summer of Gaming showcase, Blacktail stars a young Baba Yaga who's been branded a witch and an outcast. Its reveal trailer opens with some storybook narration but swiftly fades into grittier first-person gameplay with a focus on archery. IGN reports that combat is built around a bow as well as a gauntlet, with a mysterious voice beckoning the Baba Yaga to take up arms and pursue (and perhaps protect) missing children, presumably in the woods. 

The Baba Yaga is a creature of Slavic folklore described as a hideous old woman who often lives in forests and may help or attack passersby – a fickle witch, put simply. Blacktail developer The Parasight says its main goal is to 'create games based on folk and fairy tales, give them a modern twist, and go beyond cliches' and the Baba Yaga depicted in Blacktail certainly fits the bill. It seems that our choices in the story will shape her future and reputation, highlighting a story-driven bend not stressed in the more action-packed reveal trailer.  

Interestingly, The Parasight was founded in part by former developers of horror games such as Layers of Fear, Layers of Fear 2, Blair Witch, Observer, and The Medium. The aesthetic and subject matter of Blacktail certainly pushes it into horror territory, and judging from the folks behind it, the overall experience may be a scary one too. 

'In our projects, we strive to achieve a state of a perfect balance between enjoyable gameplay and a rich narrative experience,' The Parasight's website reads. 'We believe that story and mechanics don’t have to compete for the players' attention. Combined, they can make their adventure even more vibrant and exciting.' 

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