Thunder Lotus Games has revealed that Nyarlathotep is the final boss of its upcoming game, Sundered. In celebration of the announcement, the developer also provided a short video showcasing just how creepy that fight will be.
Nyarlathotep is a character from H.P. Lovecraft’s works. Originally appearing in Lovecraft’s short story, Nyarlathotep, the character is described as a “tall, swarthy man.” In Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, the character is a Great Old One known as “The Crawling Chaos.” It seems that Thunder Lotus Games took both descriptions into account when designing this boss, as Nyarlathotep appears to be a dark being, tall (exceedingly so), and crawling as he emerges from a portal.
In the trailer provided below, Sundered‘s main character, Eshe, finds herself confronting Nyarlathotep, the game’s fourth and final boss. We’re not certain that the voice-over of the video is coming from the dark deity himself, but it doesn’t sound welcoming. The voice calls out to Eshe and states “We have finally arrived at this point.” It should be noted that “this point” may be different depending on how you’ve played the game, as it does feature multiple endings that are affected by Eshe’s embrace or resisting of the ancient eldritch powers that she will encounter throughout the game.
Creative Director and President of Thunder Lotus Games, Will Dubé commented on the reveal of the boss, noting that it is more than just a video featuring one battle, and more about the game as a whole and how far it has come.
“Here, we’re putting the stark contrasts at the thematic core of Sundered on full display. With the game into the home stretch of production, and our release is just around the corner in July, it’s tremendously satisfying to see it all coming together so beautifully now.”
Sundered takes players on a journey through a fight for survival, but also sanity. As Eshe, you will explore a world in ruin, diving into the twisting caverns of the underground where horrors lie in wait. Will you accept the help of the dark relics to defeat the giant evils that rest there? It may just cost your humanity.
Sundered will be released on PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, and Linux systems in July 2017. For more information, you can check out the game’s official website or the Steam page. Below is where you can find the trailer featuring Nyarlathotep’s reveal.