Thunder Lotus Games’ 3rd-person Viking adventure Jotun: Valhalla Edition has a console release date. Prove yourself to the Gods and enter Valhalla first on Wii U on September 8th, then on PS4 and Xbox One on September 9th. The Valhalla Edition will release as a free update for PC, Mac, and Linux versions of the game on September 9th too.
We spoke to studio founder and game designer Will Dubé about Jotun in our feature interview last June where we dove into the game’s hand-drawn art style, combat, world-building and music.
The console release will also include a new “Valhalla mode”, a boss rush which pits players against tougher versions of Jotun’s eponymous giants.
About Valhalla mode, Thunder Lotus Games marketing specialist Rodrigue Duperron said: “We can’t wait to get this demanding and replayable new experience into the hands of players eager to impress the gods worldwide.”
This news comes coupled with the announcement that official Jotun merch is also on the way, with shirts, prints, phone cases and stickers available from Design By Humans.
And to top things off, there’s even a new trailer:
OnlySP’s own James Schumacher liked Jotun in his review, highlighting its Icelandic voice-acting and impressive visual style, but felt it could benefit from some mechanical fine-tuning and expansion of scope, saying:
“If you enjoy challenge, I think you’ll find the game to have that for you at times. It rewards exploration with powers and life upgrades, but punishes it with a singular checkpoint system. It’s short in length, depending on your skill set, or recognition of possible patterns in boss fights. Their use of lore is appropriate and measured, but again, being a short experience, most players will want more of it. The visual style is an impressive feat from a small team, but for my tastes needed some additional refinement. But that strong Icelandic voice over is all win.”