November 15th, 2011 | By Chris Priestman
New development studio, White Whale Games, are looking for backing on Kickstarter for their first project – God of Blades. It may sound like a clone of the blockbuster God of War, but God of Blades is far from it in many ways, and there is obviously a lot of effort being thrusted into its development.
White Whale describe God of Blades as a 2.5D action RPG set in a sword and sorcery setting, with a focus on physics-driven swordplay and persistent character building. By far the most attractive feature on show is the game’s artwork and backgrounds. Seriously. Just take a a look at these backgrounds from the first two stages:
This unique aesthetic is derived from a series of paperback, retro-fantasy novels that have been forgotten in cultural memory – a shame really, which is why White Whale aim to bring the interest back. It’s certainly a refreshing taste on the tongue. If you do back them on Kickstarter there are a bunch of worthwhile rewards up for grabs, an artbook and some limited edition lost novel covers really jump out.
If that’s not enough to entice you, just read the description of the game’s premise in the words of the developers themselves:
“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.”
We highly recommend that you go and offer your support to White Whale for this fantastic looking iOS title by heading over to their Kickstarter page. While you are there, watch their appeal video too!