Sundered is the latest game from the developers of Jotun, and it blends beautiful hand-drawn animation with punishing Metroidvania gameplay. It’s out now.

Montreal-based developer Thunder Lotus Games has announced that its latest game, Sundered, has been released across a range of stores. The developer has previously worked on the Norse-themed actioner Jotun. Like that game, Sundered features some exquisite hand-made graphics and animation, matched with some rather difficult gameplay.

The developers describe the game as a ‘horrifying fight for survival and sanity’. Here’s what it’s about:

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. Resist or Embrace.

There’s also a new launch trailer out, which does a good job of showcasing the game’s beauty in chaos (or chaos in beauty?), while introducing you to Eshe herself.

Sundered took eighteen months to develop, and a good part of its funding came from a Kickstarter campaign in January this year, where it made 800% of the target. According to Will Dubé, the game’s Creative Director, it’s the best game studio Thunder Lotus Games has made so far.

But what do critics and consumers think of the game? As of the time of this writing, it has a ‘Strong’ rating of 77 on OpenCritic. As for MetaCritic, it’s sitting at a point higher, with 78. The few user reviews up on Steam have been aggregated under the label ‘Mixed’.

Sundered is out now on Steam (PC, Mac and Linux) and PS4. It’s also available on a plethora of computer-serving storefronts, like Uplay, Origin, Humble Store and GOG.com.

For more 2D Metroidvania action with dicey combat, check out Dead Cells. You also probably won’t be disappointed by Cuphead, which also blends tough gameplay with incredibly, hand-made visuals.

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