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Upcoming Adventure Blacktail Makes You a Legendary Witch


Ever wonder how Baba Yaga became Baba Yaga? Upcoming first-person adventure Blacktail could have the answer.

No, we’re not talking about John Wick. The latter trilogy takes “Baba Yaga” to mean bogeyman; we suspect someone on the writing team just threw open a book of Slavic folklore at a random page and scribbled down the first name they saw.

But Baba Yaga is a very specific legendary character (or set of characters), best known for living in a strange, chicken-legged hut. Some have painted her as a benevolent, if grumpy, guardian of the forest, others have cast her as a cannibalistic, child eating witch. Revealed at IGN’s Summer of Gaming, Blacktail leans towards the latter take, putting you in the shoes of a young Baba Yaga.

Cast out by her village, your bow-wielding protagonist will live the legend, traversing the forest in search of missing children. A morality system will come into play which, according to ex-Bloober Team developers The Parasight, will determine what kind of Baba Yaga you become. Will you be a benevolent guardian or the kind of monster that will find the children then shove them into a big pot?

We’re actually kind of hoping there’s some wiggle room there – that perforating the people who exiled you won’t necessarily make you breathlessly evil, but we’ll have to wait a little while to find out. Blacktail is set for a Winter release on Playstation, Xbox and PC; you can also wishlist it on Steam right now.

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Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.