Jotun Devs Return With Sundered, A Hand-Drawn Metroidvania

Jotun Devs Return With Sundered, A Hand-Drawn Metroidvania

The indie team behind the god-killing action game bring their expertise to a different genre.

Indie developer Thunder Lotus has announced its next title following Jotun, the action-exploration title launched in September of last year. Sundered retains the action feel and hand-drawn art of the previous game, but moves into the Metroidvania genre.

"Sundered is a horrifying fight for survival and sanity. You play Eshe, a wanderer in a ruined world, trapped in ever-changing caverns teeming with eldritch horrors. Harness the power of corrupted relics to defeat gigantic bosses at the cost of your humanity," wrote Thunder Lotus founder and creative director William Dubé on the official PlayStation Blog.

"Sundered is a game that builds on the strengths of Jotun: hand-drawn art, epic boss battles, and great immersion. However, we know Jotun was far from perfect. With Sundered, we've added more complex mechanics, tons of replayability, and meaningful choices. We've gone into a darker universe heavily inspired by Lovecraft's writings," he added.

"In terms of gameplay, Sundered can mostly be described as a replayable Metroidvania, close to Rogue Legacy and Super Metroid. You explore an ever-changing dungeon, fight hordes of eldritch horrors, and chose between humanity or madness."

Sundered will be making its public debut at TwitchCon 2016 in San Diego, CA from September 30 to October 2. Sundered is planned for release on PC and PlayStation 4 in 2017.

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Mike Williams

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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