As far as I understand it, info about dustborn has been leaked here:
Svalbard is still mentioned (as translated by google):
"Red Thread Games is immediately ready for launch with the fjord noir adventure Draugen, and also works with the polar punk role play Svalbard. Both have received grants from NFI."
Sounds like Dustborn was funded very recently. So maybe they are also still working on svalbard? Even though I somehow can't really imagine them having enough people to work on multiple projects at once. But I guess we find out, when we find out
Svalbard also has a page there:
My Norwegian is very limited (= basically non-existing) but Svalbard seems to have received additional money last year
Sure, Svalbard got additional money last year, but the question right now is whether or not they're gonna release two very similar games back to back. Svalbard was supposed to be the next game after Draugen, but we haven't heard any news about it for a while, and it's not mentioned at all in a recent interview - instead, Ragnar pushes Dustborn as their next game:
"Ragnar: Yeah. We do, and our next game—we’ve started work on it already—that’s the game I decided, when Trump was elected, that we had to make, because as game developers, what can we do in this world? I feel like we’re not doing anything to contribute positively to the world we’re living in. So our next game is an adventure but with some action elements, that’s very us not staying in our box and saying 'fuck it,' we’re going to rise up and we’re going to try to resist a little bit and make a game that, even if it makes ten people change their minds when election day comes around, great. So it’s set in our version of America, ten years into the future, and we’re excited about that."
So are they gonna release Dustborn, a kinda post-apocalyptic game set in the U.S. in 2030, 30 years after an environmental disaster changed the world completely, and then turn around and release Svalbard, a post-apocalyptic game set in Svalbard in what seems to be the 22nd century or later, after environmental disasters and global war leads to a nuclear winter? I have my doubts, to be honest. If they do, then that's great, of course, because I'd rather play Svalbard than Dustborn from the short descriptions I've read of each game. :'D