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A 2.5D sidescrolling action RPG for iOS devices that vividly depicts an epic retro-fantasy, sword and sorcery saga.

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About God of Blades

God of Blades is a 2.5D sidescrolling action RPG for iOS devices that vividly depicts an epic retro-fantasy, sword and sorcery saga. Players assume the role of a nameless spectral king standing resolute against the march of a devouring, void-crazed horde on a dying world. Wrenching this world from the grasp of oblivion, the player wields phantom blades forged from the legends and heritage of the vanishing planet. Emergent, physics-driven swordplay, procedurally generated nemeses, and persistent character development propel the player through lush environments crafted in the fashion of traditional Japanese narrative scrolls and 18th and 19th century moving panorama.

God of Blades is more than just a sidescrolling adventure. The game is conceived of as a re-interpretation of a series lost 1940s-1970s paperpack novels that once formed a rich fantasy universe but have been erased from our collective memory. The covers of these novels are slowly being unveiled on our website and will continue to be released throughout production. We’re asking players to think about memory, culture, and loss in terms of stories, books, and the communities that love them. What happens to us when our stories disappear? What if we could stop it? We want to repurpose and redirect our love of sidescrolling brawlers and RPGs to promote communities and literacy. To do this, God of Blades will be incorporating real world data into the game in innovative ways. 

Throughout production, we are keeping our fans informed about all that the ongoings at White Whale. The animations, the music, the sound effects, the environments. We’re regularly blogging and releasing content on our studio homepage, (and we’re always Tweeting and posting on Facebook!).

Who's Making God of Blades?

White Whale Games is a newly formed studio in Austin, TX. White Whale designs and develops games that thoughtfully present the player with elegant, meaningful, and realized worlds. The core team is made up of Jason Rosenstock, George Royer, and Jo Lammert.

Jason Rosenstock, Co-Founder/Creative Director
Jason Rosenstock has worked in theatre, television, books, advertising and most recently video games. He has just come off the largest game production in history, Star Wars: The Old Republic for BioWare, crafting the environments for multiple planets prominently featured in BioWare’s MMO.

George Royer, Co-Founder/Lead Designer
George is a doctoral student in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include digital media, archives, online communities, and interaction design. He has worked at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and CNN. His work has been published by MIT Press and the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing.
Jo Lammert, Studio Director 

Jo Lammert recently earned her MS in Information Studies in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, with a focus in digital collections, digital libraries and social media. She previously lived in Los Angeles, and worked on a variety of projects in production and development, from cartoons to soap operas.  

In addition, we're working with a fantastic programmer (Adrian Lopez-Mobilia), an animator (Jesse Slate), and a composer (Justin Kovar), all hard at work to build the universe that is God of Blades.

Why Kickstarter?

Since July, the White Whale team has funded all business operating costs and production costs, purchasing software, hardware, and licenses for iOS devices. In that short time and on that small budget we have created a beautiful universe. For the White Whale team, this is a full-time project, with a tightly managed project schedule. We’re eager to bring this game to phones and iPads everywhere without delay, but our personal resources are running low. To keep momentum, we need your help. An intense amount of time is still needed to be put towards gameplay, design, sound effects. We want to make sure our team members are compensated for their time and talent. The support we receive on Kickstarter will help keep our team afloat and help us give God of Blades the polish it deserves.


We’re extraordinarily grateful for any support we receive, and we want to show our gratitude with some fantastic God of Blades rewards. Everyone who donates from the $10 and up level will receive a copy of God of Blades upon release. We also have our first batch of White Whale t-shirts from Austin Screenprinting, and they look sharp. 

Throughout development, pre-production, and production, White Whale has produced all sorts of art. We’re in the process of turning our series of God of Blades book covers into prints, and if you donate at the $50 level, we’ll send one of these limited edition prints your way (donate $100 and you’ll receive all 5!). We’re also putting together an artbook, complete with the mythology of the entire God of Blades universe. 

Whatever your contribution is, we want to let you know how extraordinarily appreciative we are. We’re making it a mission to personally contact every single contributor, and thank them. Should our Kickstarter be successful, anything we do from that point on will be because of your help! 

God of Blades is a unique and ambitious project. We hope you will consider supporting God of Blades through Kickstarter. A successful Kickstarter will keep God of Blades on schedule and bring the game to your phones and iPads in 2012!  For those who can’t donate, even encouragement via Twitter, Facebook, or email means the world to us. 

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