Norse adventure game Jotun is one that we’ve been following quite closely in the past year as plenty have people are quite fond of its gorgeous art style and its David versus Goliath gameplay. The David, in this case, is Thora, a powerful warrior who has been sentenced to a life in purgatory following a dishonourable death and the Goliath(s) are the jotun; huge elemental beasts that she must defeat to reclaim her honour.
When Jotun hit Kickstarter last year, it promptly raised 128% of its goal, and developer Thunder Lotus Games has been especially good at keeping backers, fans and followers updated. There’s been an alpha test of an early build, and plenty of gameplay videos and now, the Jotun beta has gone live along with a new trailer to celebrate. Find out more after the break.
Jotun Beta, Detailed
The Jotun beta features two environments: the freezing cold climes of its winter region and the dark underground cave sections. Both feature exploration, as Thora has to find runes, and then, once she’s found those runes, she’ll be able to summon and battle the environments’ bosses.
As shown in an earlier Jotun video, to promote the game’s alpha test, we saw just how difficult it is to avoid the frost jotun’s chilly breath as well as its sudden rushes forward, which can knock Thora back and knock her health bar down. Fehu, the jotun in the underground level is harder still as not only can she attack you with a booming slam of the floor, but you also risk being swarmed by her dwarven servants. They’ll smother you if you let them so be sure to move around a lot when you try to defeat their leader.
As for how to get in to the Jotun beta, it seems that only Kickstarter backers (and press) are being let in at the moment. However, Thunder Lotus will be streaming the game on Twitch from 5PM EST, but if you miss that they’ll be uploading the stream onto their official YouTube channel. J Station X will also have hands-on beta impressions, so look out for that in the near future.
Jotun will be released in September 2015 on PC and Mac.