Have a wonderful Holiday Season! – 2023 In Review

December 15, 2023|Mederic Belair

Happy Holidays from the Thunder Lotus family!

Hey everyone!

2023 went by so quickly, it feels like it just started!
Thank you so much for being part of our lovely family and for supporting us, whether it’s by reading my shenanigans, playing our games, making art, or interacting with us and the rest of our community, your involvement fuels our passion to keep creating better experiences!

With that in mind, join us in reminiscing all that happened this year!

Start of 2023 – Winter

The year started off fairly smoothly.

Though, behind the scenes, we got busy working on a new brand identity.


New Spiritfarer Merch

Last year, we polled our Spiritfarer audience to ask them which spirit they found the best candidate for a new plushie.

Well, this poll was no mere gesture, your feedback influenced our decision! We went back to our partners at Fangamer and started working on our 2nd official plushie: Atul, which released in April, alongside a stationery set!

Both can be found on their website!


New brand unveiled

Then, in early June, as to prepare everyone for our next announcement we would be making, we unveiled our new brand.


While it was a long time coming, we’re super happy with how it turned out, and really meshes with how we see ourselves as a studio.

Hope you enjoy our new look!

33 Immortals Announcement

Very shortly after, Summer Game Fest rolled around, and it was time for us to make a big entry on the scene with our next title:

33 Immortals

A 33-player cooperative action roguelike, where you play damned souls attempting to rebel against their fate, set to release in Early Access next year.

But that was not all, in their extended showcase, our CEO and our creative director got to play the game with the team at Xbox, and their fearless leader Phil Spencer.

Gamescom 2023

Keeping up the hype, we had the pleasure to be invited by Microsoft for an interview in Köln, Germany at Gamescom 2023.

Our producer sat down and told the world a little bit more about what we had in stores for 33i.

Spiritfarer back on Gamepass

After having left for a full year, Spiritfarer made its comeback to Gamepass in style, by getting added to their new service.


33 Immortals Alpha

In October, we started gearing ourselves up to have people playing our game for the first time outside the walls of our studio, with our Closed Alpha playtest!

So many wonderful people showed up to play the game with us between November 10th and 12th, it was a blast finally showing people what our game was about!

End of 2023

Alpha Infographic

We took a bit of a break to analyze all the data we collected during the Alpha.

Seems like a lot of people really enjoyed the game, we received a lot of fantastic feedback from everyone! To thank you for your contribution, we even made an infographic with all the data we managed to collect during the Closed Alpha. Click here to read through them!

Games We Loved 2023

As per usual, we published a list of all the games we loved to play this year.

If you’re looking for things to play during your holidays, I highly recommend you to check it out!


Plans for 2024?

We’re so close to 2024.

A lot has been happening behind the scenes that I still have yet to discuss, but know that next year is going to be pretty busy on our end! From 33 Immortals becoming more and more playable to its full Early Access launch, you should be hearing from us quite a bit in 2024!

If you’d like to stay up to date with our news, please consider subscribing to our mailing list!

Okay, that’s all I have for 2023.

Thanks again for all the support, it really means a lot to us, I mean it!

That said, it’s time for us to take our leave for the year. For my part, you probably won’t hear back from me until early February at the earliest!

Stay happy, stay healthy and please don’t forget to take care of yourself! Have a happy holiday season & a happy New Year!
See you in 2023!

Many hugs,
-Med and the Thunder Lotus team

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