Upcoming: Jotun

If you were playing Permanent Beta bingo over this past week you might have already crossed off the "great hand drawn animation" box a few times, but in case you haven't here's another one to get you that centre square.

Jotun is a game from Thunder Lotus Games that was recently Kickstarted by the community. The promise of enormous Viking elementals being smashed by Thora, the playable character, and her enormous battle axe. The game's pitch was even brave enough to evoke the following statement:

"Imagine the mysterious romantic mood of Journey mixed with the scale of the boss fights in Shadow of the Colossus in top-down 2D."

Brave indeed. The randomly generated world is staggeringly beautiful though; and the promise of exploring to its furthest reaches for rune stones (required to summon a jotun) should make for some breathtaking vistas. While the may have evoked two of my favourite games to get a pledge I am still optimistic; a dynamic soundtrack and giant monsters certainly ticks my Shadow of the Colossus boxes, while a mysterious, quiet and elegant world is certainly the Journey check list.

The game was successfully funded on Kickstarter and is well into development. You can follow the game's development on the game's development blog.