Publisher Grindstone and developer Triple Hill Interactive have released three exciting new vlogs offering you an exclusive behind the scenes look at their upcoming sword fighting action game Die by the Blade.

With the Kickstarter campaign now confirmed to go live on 13th October, Grindstone is opening up its doors and revealing some of the fascinating work involved in delivering on the tense, one-hit-kill gameplay you can expect when the game launches in 2021.

The first vlog, hosted by community executive Erik ‘Ekolimits’ Kovac, introduces you to Die by the Blade and how the team is creating the tense action gameplay experiences where one wrong move might seal your fate.

Click here to watch the first intro vlog

Vlog #2 introduces how the combat and one-hit-kill damage system will work and takes you behind the scenes of a motion capture session where real, traditional sword fighting experts show off their skills.

Watch Vlog #2 – Combat 

The weapon you choose in Die by the Blade will be key to your survival during battle. In vlog #3, Ekolimits takes you through some of the different weapons and explains how each weapon will offer a very different combat experience for the player.

Check out vlog #3 – Weapons

A special video has also been released revealing details of one of the top tier pledge rewards available when the Kickstarter campaign is live. The Mask of Oni reward will be strictly limited to 10 units and is a true masterpiece of craftsmanship.

View the Mask of Oni video and pledge reward 

More vlogs will be released on the lead up to the Kickstarter campaign going live on 13th October. You can sign up to the newsletter and be the first to receive access to the latest vlogs, game information and updates on the exciting pledge rewards planned when the campaign goes live.

What is Die by the Blade?

Die by the Blade draws inspiration from legendary combat games like Bushido Blade, Way of the Samurai and Dark Souls as well as the epic stand-offs in Ghost of Tsushima. Set in a visually stunning ‘Samurai-punk’ vision of Japan, Die by the Blade fuses techpunk visuals and japanese-inspired aesthetics to create the perfect backdrop for the ancient art of sword-fighting.

Players must take up their sword and face off against deadly opponents, where the slightest mistake will seal your fate. Become a master of your craft and fight to the death with other players in tense, fast-paced multiplayer matches or slash through tough AI enemies in the singleplayer campaign.

By utilising a One-Hit-Kill combat system, Die by the Blade leaves no room for mistakes. By removing the concepts of health bars and health points, the game is built on a realistic battle system creating a sense of real tension as one error by the player could result in instant death.

This system emphasizes the need for weapon positioning, parrying and counter moves to defend against enemy attacks before delivering a clean hit to any vital area of your opponent, causing instant death. Players must use the One-Hit-Kill system to learn from their mistakes and mount devastating comebacks to claim victory.

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