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Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: Focus Entertainment
Developer: The Parasight
Release Date: Dec. 15, 2022

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'Blacktail' Soundtrack Blends Dark Fairy Tale Themes With Witch-house-inspired Electronic Music - Trailer

by Rainier on July 21, 2021 @ 10:19 p.m. PDT

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.

Blacktail is a story of many contrasts,” said Bartosz Kaproń, CEO & Creative Director. “It explores dark and light, past and present, myth and reality. We wanted those opposites reflected in Blacktail’s soundtrack. As we retell the origin of Baba Yaga, we dig deep into Slavic mythology for inspiration—as a result, the game’s music will range from organic, folk themes to dark Witch House beats.

Blacktail is a unique production and a great challenge for me musically, but also a tremendous pleasure to work on. It's always great to work with Bartosz, we have known each other since Layers Of Fear and his worlds really speak to me” said Blacktail composer Arkadiusz Reikowski. “In Blacktail, a combination of dreamlike, Slavic themes, and modern motifs is unheard of, and allows us to create something truly unique, something that has not been previously seen in the videogame industry. I create music in collaboration with distinguished guests: Zazula Vocal Group, Bartosz Pałyga, and CZELUSC Collective. The effect will be more than worth the wait!”

Blacktail composer Arkadiusz Reikowski is famous for his work on productions such as The Medium (alongside Akira Yamoka), Layers Of Fear 2 (for which he was nominated for Hollywood Music In Media Awards), and Blair Witch. Winner of the Digital Dragons Awards for the best Polish soundtrack and having multiple best music nominations, he often chooses to reach for the uncanny but keeps his sound deeply moving and resonating with the audience.

“Oh, and if you loved the bass-heavy track from Blacktail’s reveal trailer, that was just a first taste,” continued Bartosz Kaproń. “The community’s response to that has been very clear: they want more. We’re working on it and we will have plenty more for the game’s final release.”

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 Winter 2021.

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