Last year, Norse adventure game Jotun landed on Kickstarter and raised 130% of its goal. Over 2,000 backers put money forward to support the game, which follows a disgraced Norse warrior named Thora on a quest to prove herself to the gods of Valhalla and escape Viking purgatory. Thora will be doing so by collecting runes to summon elemental giants called the jotun before promptly thwacking lumps out of them with her giant axe.
That sounds wonderful, sure, but interviews and gameplay trailers can only get you so far. We want to feel what Jotun‘s world is really like; be chilled by its digital panes of ice and its freezing giant’s breath. Handy then, that the Jotun alpha demo has just gone live.
Jotun Alpha Demo
It should be noted that Jotun won’t just be set in cold locations but in the alpha you only get access to the winter region of the game (mostly because the other sections haven’t been completed, says developer Thunder Lotus Games). The demo features “close to final” gameplay and art, two exploration sections where you have to find a rune and a boss battle against the hulking monstrosity that you see in the above trailer.
What you won’t see, however, are any story spoilers. Questions like ‘how did Thora die and why was her death dishonourable?’ and ‘who was Thora before she was put in purgatory?’ are shrouded in mystery so we’ll probably have to wait until the full version of the game is released for answers.
As for how you can get into the Jotun alpha, it appears that only people who backed the project when it was on Kickstarter will be given a code. A quick glance of the project page says that the minimum pledge was $45 so if you gave that much (or more) when it was in crowdfunding, you should be receiving an email from Humble Bundle with a Steam code soon, if you’ve not gotten that email already.
We’ll let you know if there are any ways for non-backers to get into the Jotun alpha (or the beta version, which is not too far out either).
Jotun will be released on PC, Mac and Linux in September, 2015.