The Creators of Jotun are Back with Sundered

Posted on 17 Jan 2017 by
Kyle Johnson

The latest effort from Thunder Lotus Games steps away from the Norse mythology of Jotun and moves into the realm of madness in Sundered. Using Kickstarter yet again, with a modest $25,000 CAD goal (already surpassed as of writing), Sundered will continue the beautiful hand-drawn art style present in Jotun, though it will move from the isometric style to a side-scrolling feature.

What is Sundered? Thunder Lotus describes it as a “action-horror Metroidvania” game, where you play as Eshe, a wanderer who is exploring the wastes of a world ravaged by “the Terror.” Sucked into a cavern by a sandstorm, Eshe has discovered the sources of the corruption and terror that plagues the land. Thunder Lotus has promised a reliably difficult experience, and if Jotun is anything to go by, they will deliver on this front.

They also say that it will be a procedurally generated experience, though not in the way that you think. Certain critical rooms will remain in the same place, but the space between them will change every time you play. Monster spawns will be dynamic as well, taking inspiration from Left 4 Dead’s “Director AI.”

Curiously, Thunder Lotus is offering no stretch goals for the Kickstarter. As the bulk of the development has already been completed, the Kickstarter is being angled as alpha/beta access, while still providing just enough funding to support a release later this year.

If the current total is any indication, the developers are going to sail past their goal many times over. Sundered is aiming for a July 2017 release.

Official Press Release

Montreal, Canada – January 16, 2017 – Thunder Lotus Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Sundered, the highly anticipated sophomore release from the creators of Jotun. With its goal set at a relatively modest 25,000$ CAD, the campaign’s stated aim is to attract a solid core of dedicated fans to the project during its testing phase, maximizing actionable feedback for the action-horror game leading up to its release on PlayStation®4, Windows, Mac, and Linux in July 2017.

The Sundered Kickstarter campaign can be viewed at

“I’m truly thrilled to launch Sundered’s Kickstarter campaign,” said Will Dubé, Creative Director and President of Thunder Lotus Games in a prepared statement. “Our fans have been responding enthusiastically to our creation of a campaign focused on polish, feedback and using Kickstarter funds to make Sundered the best it can be.”

Sundered’s Kickstarter campaign runs from January 16th to February 16th 2017.

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