Resist the darkness, or embrace it.
Hello PlayStation fans. I’m extremely excited to announce that Sundered is coming to PS4 on July 28!
To celebrate the announcement, we’ve created what I think is Sundered’s best trailer yet.
For those who don’t know, Sundered is a horrifying fight for survival and sanity. You play Eshe, a wanderer in a ruined world, trapped in ever-changing caverns filled with hordes of terrifying enemies. We’re the same studio that made Jotun, a hand-drawn epic set in Norse mythology.
To Resist, or to Embrace, That is the Question
As you can hear in Eshe’s own words, her quest is not an easy one. From the endless hordes to the massive boss fights, we’ve designed Sundered to be a challenging experience. All around you, a dark power teases you and and taunts you to wield it. Is it the key to your survival, or the first step on your road to madness?
I detailed the basics of character progression in a previous post, but the true core to Sundered’s experience is the “Resist or Embrace” theme. In the game, you find Elder Shards, relics from a strange past. These Shards are hidden throughout the world and dropped by bosses.
It’s your choice to bring your Elder Shards to an ability shrine and sacrifice a part of your humanity in return for power, or to destroy them in the Incinerator, thus ending their eldritch influence:
Corrupting your abilities is a game-changer. For example, the regular Propulsion Engine grants you a powerful instantaneous air dash that vastly improves air mobility:
Azathoth’s Breath, the corrupted version, let’s you chain dashes in any direction. Such vertical mobility may well be the edge you need in a towering boss fight:
Alternatively, should you choose to destroy your Elder Shards in the Incinerator, you unlock exclusive upgrades in the Trapezohedron’s Tree:
These are mostly improvements on your existing abilities, but some yield new gameplay such as the damage-inducing roll-attack, Othaloth’s Demise:
The choice to resist or embrace is permanent and full of consequences. Though I won’t go into details, the game’s three different endings depend on your choices. Sacrificing your humanity in return for power is not all sunshine and rainbows. Corrupting your abilities progressively drives Eshe into madness, as chimeric enemies emerge from the darkness.
To wrap things up, I just want to thank you for your ongoing support. You’ve been with us since we announced Sundered on PlayStation.Blog and our shared journey has been amazing. Sundered pre-orders are now live, with a full launch coming July 28. We hope you’ll be there with us.
Resist or embrace,
Will and the Thunder Lotus Team