Since Thunder Lotus Games (TLG) is addressing some of the challenges during launch week. Hence the sophomore production Sundered for Linux, Mac and Windows. The hand-drawn Metroidvania released on July 28th.
So in a blog post published by Thunder Lotus President and CEO Will Dubé. The developer strikes an optimistic tone, expressing gratitude towards the fans of the game. While openly acknowledging the various technical and gameplay issues. Since these require the developer’s full and ongoing attention since launch. While catching out attention with the statement about the hordes:
Some of you don’t like the hordes. We’re not changing them. Several of you came in with expectations of a classic Metroidvania. We are sorry for the confusion, but we won’t be changing fundamental game systems. Sundered is what is it is and that’s why we love it and are proud of it.
Since the developer has been actively updating players on Sundered’s known issues and patches. Both on the official website and on Steam. Where healthy dialogue between the developer and the community has been ongoing since launch. While the continual improvements are being made to the game. The developer’s efforts at open communication and transparency seem to be bearing fruit. Due to the proportion of positive user reviews on Steam has steadily risen. Hailing from a low point of 69% after launch to 75% as of this writing.
Clearly distinguishing these necessary improvements to Sundered’s quality. Any possible changes to the game’s core design? Yet M. Dubé firmly defends Sundered as an original take on the Metroidvania genre. Stating that planned future content for the game would not alter its fundamental game systems, but rather build upon them.
“Sundered has tons of potential,” Dubé states. “We know the game isn’t perfect. But we’re fiercely proud of the step up we took from (TLG’s debut game) Jotun. And we can’t wait to show you what we’re doing next.”
Sundered is a horrifying fight for survival and sanity. A hand-drawn epic from the creators of Jotun. You play Eshe, a wonderer in a ruined world, trapped in ever-changing caverns teeming with eldritch horrors. Harness the power of the games corrupted relics to defeat gigantic bosses. All at the cost of your humanity. Resist or Embrace. Sundered released on July 28th, 2017 via Steam, GOG, Humble Store and Chrono.gg. Retail price is $19.99 USD for Linux, Mac and Windows.