Sundered, the Lovecraftian Metroidvania, is out now

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Sundered (opens in new tab), the "replayable Metroidvania" with giant boss battles (opens in new tab), is out now. In it, you slash and stab your way through a procedurally-generated 2D labyrinth, gradually unlocking new skills and abilities that help you delve deeper.

Developers Thunder Lotus (of Jotun (opens in new tab))  want it to be tough as nails—one of the  elements of the "core gameplay" listed in the summary of the game is simply: "die". And when that happens you'll be hauled back to a central hub and have to set off again. 

But there's a clear progression system, with success in a given area netting you items that will let you access new areas of the map. There's also a branching skill tree and "hundreds of upgrades" to play with.

It's available on Steam (opens in new tab), GOG (opens in new tab), and Humble Store (opens in new tab) for £13.49/$17.99, which includes a 10% launch week discount. You can also pick it up on Uplay (opens in new tab) (sans discount) and Origin (opens in new tab).

I've been trawling through the early Steam reviews (opens in new tab) and the two most common words seem to be "beautiful" and "frustrating". That might just sum it up: if you don't mind dying an awful lot then it will reward you with some gorgeous environments and set pieces (those boss battles really do look epic).

Here's the launch trailer:

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.