Jotun is a hand-drawn action-exploration game set in Norse mythology. In the summer of 2014, Jotun raised over $64,000 on Kickstarter. You may have heard of it, since the PC version of the game, released in September 2015, has been featured in some of the biggest gaming outlets in the world. It is the first game from our studio, Thunder Lotus Games, based out of Montréal, Canada. We are very proud to announce that Jotun is coming to Xbox One!
In Jotun, you play Thora, a Viking warrior who died an inglorious death and must prove herself to the Gods to enter Valhalla. The Viking culture is based on valor. This means that you don’t reach Valhalla, their version of Heaven, by being a good person. You only get in if you accomplished valorous deeds in life. Cowardice is one of the biggest sins in Viking culture and cowards go straight to Hel (you guessed it, their version of Hell). For Jotun, we took the liberty of adding another layer to the Norse afterlife: Purgatory, a place where a select few have a second chance to reach Valhalla by overcoming impossible trials.
Jotun is a game about epic boss fights. The game has five different giants, each one with their own region and levels to explore. Every jotun has different powers and strategy. For example, Isa, the Winter jotun, offers a melee based fights. This fight is about timing and using the environment to help you. Hagalaz, the Storm jotun, summons a “bullet hell” of lightning attacks and dodging is as important as attacking. The most important thing about Jotun’s bosses is scale. They feel impossible to beat, a true David versus Goliath endeavor.
Another key aspect of Jotun is exploration. Each level in Jotun is filled with secrets, so exploring every nook and cranny always pays off. For example, each level hides a rune that must be found in order to unlock the boss fights. Jotun’s levels are really diverse. While some levels (especially in the Winter region) are vast and lonely, some levels are puzzle-based and others have combat. Every level in Jotun is inspired by a story from Norse mythology. From the dwarven city of Brokkr’s Forge to the frozen rivers of Nifheim, every region pays tribute to Viking legends.
Speaking of legends, many Gods and myths from the Norse pantheon appear in Jotun. The Gods give their blessings to Thora if you can find them. For example, Thor, the mighty God of Thunder, gives Thora the power of his mythic hammer Mjolnir!
Jotun: Valhalla Edition features the brand new Valhalla Mode, the ultimate battle against even fiercer versions of the Jotun! A true challenge for brave warriors!
Jotun is coming to Xbox One in the summer of 2016, priced at $14.99 USD.