When we first played Sundered, here’s what we said in our review – “Sundered is a wonderful take on the Metroidvania genre by the creators of Jotun. It is an experience that is both discomforting and exhilarating, pushing you to the limits. There are times when it feels notoriously punishing, but even in those moments, the combat is extremely satisfying and it doesn’t matter whether you survive or perish in the fight, the game finds a way to reel you in, and it’s difficult to stop once you get started.”
After having an absolute blast with it, we decided to reach out to the developers, Thunder Lotus Games, for an interview and they were kind enough to take the time for us. Here’s what Will Dube, the President and Creative Director, had to say:
Gaming Central: Tell us a bit about yourself.
Will: Hi! I’m Will and I’m the founder of Thunder Lotus Games.
Gaming Central: When did you get started with playing games (and what was the first game that you remember)?
Will: My oldest gaming memories involve long car rides and Gameboys, playing with my brothers in the back seat.
Gaming Central: How did you get started with developing games?
Will: I’ve always been passionate about art and science. Games are the perfect intersection of many different fields and they are a great creative outlet. Having always loved games, it was natural for me to end up in the field.
Gaming Central: If you weren’t a game developer you would be a…?
Will: Entrepreneur of some sort.
Gaming Central: How did you come up with the idea for Sundered? What plans do you have for the game’s future?
Will: Sundered was a collaborative effort. We started with what went well and what didn’t on our previous game, Jotun. With Sundered, we started with the idea of making a different Metroidvania inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. We’re planning some great stuff for the game’s future, but nothing we can discuss at the moment!
Gaming Central: What were your inspirations for Sundered, if any?
Will: H.P. Lovecraft, Metroid, Castlevania, Rogue Legacy.
Gaming Central: What inspires you outside of gaming?
Will: Lots of books, travel, friends and family.
Gaming Central: What would your dream game be like?
Will: Something that really connects with gamers on a large scale.
Gaming Central: Where do you see the games industry heading in the next 5-10 years? More games as a service, virtual reality, or as things are now?
Will: Things are always changing. Great gaming experiences will always find their market, but how we express those experiences and how we reach that market will be different.
Gaming Central: What games did you enjoy playing this year?
Will: Breath of the Wild, Hearthstone. With Sundered’s launch, I’m a bit behind on my gaming to be honest…
Gaming Central: What is your favorite game at the moment and what makes it special?
Will: I just got a Switch so definitely Zelda. Incredible experience. Really elegant in its design, beautiful and a blast to play.
Gaming Central: Anything else you would like to add?
Will: Just that Sundered is available on PC and PS4!