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Vokabulantis Meets Crowd Funding Goal on Kickstarter

Vokabulantis is a handcrafted stop motion co-op platformer adventure game, where you play as Karla and/or Kurt. It’s made with a combination of technical and artistic solutions unlike any stop motion film or game experience before it. Having launched on Kickstarter in March, the team behind Vokabulantis are delighted to have reached its kickstarter goal.

“Everything on me is still shaking and so is everyone else in the studio! We really made it – thank you! I don’t know what this compares to. Maybe climbing a mountain for a month and then unexpectedly reaching the summit and the view is way beyond what you imagined? Being totally exhausted, but still feeling like you could climb forever at the same time?


Going on Kickstarter with no prior experience and just putting our baby out there for anyone to adopt  is a wild rush. We’ve been totally overwhelmed by a reception full of love, and the support we are experiencing right now is much more impactful than we thought. All these people joined us on this climb and now they are here with us; I’m totally grateful.” Game developer and studio owner, Esben Kjær Ravn

In Vokabulantis, Karla and Kurt are stuck at the intersection trying to hold hands for the first time. Now nervously realizing what they are about to do. When they want to speak to remedy the awkwardness, their mouths come off and they are catapulted into Vokabulantis. Lost in the world of language, which has been torn apart by their inability to speak, they now have to save Vokabulantis to save their kindled feelings for one another.

Their experience of that moment at the intersection becomes an epic odyssey through the City of Noun, The Word Power Crystal mines of Afasia and over the sea of the giant Verb Karbs and much more. Fighting the Word Fürher and Grandma Marble – the two ancient forces of language, meeting Numerica, Iago, The Color Prince and many more.

Vokabulantis – Game Details

  • Platforms: Targeted all major game platforms
  • Play modes: Can be played as single player or local co-op.
  • Playtime: 6-8 hours of gameplay in main story and additional 2-4 for achievement hunting. 
  • Genre: Platformer adventure rich with action and puzzle-based experiences.

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Grindstone to Publish Kiwi Brothers Studio’s Tactical RTS Game Liquidation

Grindstone announced a publishing deal with development team Divio to bring the tactical RTS game, Liquidation, to PC via Steam in 2022. Divio has acquired the IP for Liquidation from German developers Kiwi Brothers Studios and has previously worked as part of the development team. 

Liquidation is a tactical RTS game in which you take on the role of a faction commander tasked with crushing other insurgent factions and stake your claim as ruler of the war-torn world of Veá. The Liquidation universe blends elements of both fantasy and science fiction to deliver a fresh perspective in the genre with support for both single-player and multiplayer modes. This is tactical RTS, reborn. 

This publishing deal will see Liquidation benefit from Grindstone’s publishing experience including marketing and community outreach and launching the Kickstarter campaign scheduled for early May, 2021. With the Kiwi Brothers Studio stepping back from the development of the game, the Liquidation community and fans need not worry. Grindstone will be taking the publishing lead and team Divio headed up by Erik Vinclav will take over the development duties and software solutions for Liquidation

“We are thrilled to bring Liquidation to Grindstone’s growing portfolio of exciting titles” commented Peter Nagy, founder and CEO of Grindstone. “ With Divio, one of the key creators from the original team, taking over from Kiwi Brothers Studio and driving the development of the game, we can focus our attention on the publishing side including launching the Kickstarter campaign and building up an active community. We are excited to continue the groundwork already laid out by the team and to establish Liquidation as a must have title for any RTS fan”. 

“The development of Liquidation has been quite a ride so far” said Erik Vinclav, CEO at Divio. “We are looking forward to taking the lead on the games’ development and working with Grindstone who will be able to take our game to the next level and help us realise our vision for what Liquidation can deliver. We are excited to see what the future holds.” 

The Kickstarter campaign for Liquidation is scheduled to start in May, 2021, with the aim of engaging with fans and building an active community to support the next phase of this exciting project. More information on the Kickstarter campaign will be available soon, so stay tuned!

Liquidation is scheduled for an early 2022 release for PC and fans can wishlist the game on Steam now. For more information please visit the official Liquidation website at https://liquidationgame.com/ or follow on the official social media channels on FacebookTwitterDiscord and YouTube

Die by the Blade Completes Successful Kickstarter Campaign

We’ve previously reported on the Die by the Blade Kickstarter campaign, and we can now report that Die by the Blade successfully reached its funding target via Kickstarter and has now moved into the next phase of development. 

A total of 478 backers pledged over $25k to support the continued development of Die by the Blade securing some exciting rewards along the way. The money raised will be used to expand on the current gameplay experience with higher quality animations using motion capture technology, expand the character roster and add in even more weapons.

“Following the successful Kickstarter campaign we now enter an exciting time for the development of Die by the Blade.” commented Peter Nagy, founder and CEO of publisher Grindstone. “We would like to thank all the backers who supported us during the campaign and welcome the many new fans to the DbtB community. Their feedback and constant support means a great deal and we value their input into the future development of the game”. 

“We are thrilled to have reached our Kickstarter target and humbled by the great support we have received throughout the campaign from our community and fans.” said Peter Adamondy, development lead at Triple Hill Interactive. “It’s time now for us to enter the next exciting development phase and put these additional funds to work to create the truly great gameplay experience we want to deliver to our fans.” 

The team released a pre-alpha gameplay video before the end of the campaign with commentary from Peter Adamondy at Triple Hill Interactive, explaining some of the key gameplay mechanics. You can watch the video on YouTube here along with the playlist of behind the scenes vlogs giving you a closer look at the development of the game.

Drawing inspiration from legendary combat games like Bushido Blade and Way of the Samurai, Die by the Blade is a one-hit-kill sword fighting action game where players must take up their weapons and face off against deadly opponents. Choose your character, select your weapon and engage in 1 vs 1 combat where the slightest mistake could 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 thrilling single player campaign.

Keep up to date with all the latest news by visiting the official Die by the Blade social media channels – Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Discord 

Die by the Blade is being developed by developers Triple Hill Interactive and Toko Midori published by Grindstone and is scheduled for a 2021 release for PC and consoles. Fans can wishlist the game on Steam by visiting the official page here.

Die by the Blade – First In-Depth Gameplay Video

We’ve previously reported on the Die by the Blade Kickstarter, and with the Kickstarter drawing to a close we have our first look at the gameplay mechanics.

Publisher Grindstone and developers Triple Hill Interactive and Toko Midori have released a brand new gameplay walkthrough video of their upcoming one-hit-kill sword fighting game Die by the Blade. The ten minute video, hosted by Peter Adamondy, development lead at Triple Hill Interactive, provides fans with the opportunity to take a deeper look into the game and combat mechanics including stances, movement, attacks and blocking. 

“During the Kickstarter campaign, we have had many questions from the backers and community about how the combat and one-hit-kill system will work.” Said Peter Adamondy, development lead at Triple Hill Interactive. “We wanted to give our community the opportunity to see how the game is progressing and to update them on our development plans. Instead of writing a blog we decided to record some gameplay directly from our recent pre-alpha build so they can actually visualise the combat mechanics for themselves”. 

Following the announcement that the initial Kickstarter funding target has been reached, the team also announced that the stretch goals are now live on the Kickstarter page. The first goal activated will be the addition of deadly ranged weapons to add to the arsenal of swords available for players to choose. Each character will have a special ranged weapon that can be used once in each round. Players will be able to block this with their sword, but timing will be crucial. The Kickstarter campaign will finish on 13th November so there is still a chance for fans to back the game and help shape the future development of this long awaited homage to classic sword fighting games. 

Drawing inspiration from legendary combat games like Bushido Blade and Way of the Samurai, Die by the Blade is a one-hit-kill sword fighting action game where players must take up their weapons and face off against deadly opponents. Choose your character, select your blade and engage in 1 vs 1 combat where the slightest mistake could 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 thrilling single player campaign.

Die by the Blade is being developed by developers Triple Hill Interactive and Toko Midori published by Grindstone and is scheduled for a 2021 release for PC and Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo consoles. Fans can wishlist the game on Steam by visiting the official page here 

Die By the Blade Kickstarter is now Live!

Publisher Grindstone and developers Triple Hill Interactive and Toko Midori have announced that the Kickstarter campaign for the highly anticipated one-hit-kill sword fighting game Die by the Blade is now live!

Die by the Blade is scheduled for a 2021 release for PC and consoles. With many pledge levels to choose from with fantastic game inspired rewards available, fans can get involved, become backers and in turn help shape the future of this highly anticipated, spiritual successor to some of the best classic sword fighting games ever released.

Drawing inspiration from legendary combat games like Bushido Blade and Way of the Samurai, Die by the Blade is a one-hit-kill sword fighting action game where players must take up their weapons and face off against deadly opponents. Choose your character, select your blade and engage in 1 vs 1 combat where the slightest mistake could 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 thrilling single player campaign.

Die by the Blade has been in development for some time, so the game will definitely launch next year under the current development plan and budget. However, with the support of the fans and the community, a successful Kickstarter campaign will further elevate Die by the Blade to an exceptional game, whilst delivering a unique gameplay experience. 

The money raised through Kickstarter will be used to expand on the current gameplay experience with higher quality animations using motion capture technology, expand the character roster and add in even more weapons. If the campaign hits the stretch goals, then additional exciting content could be added like ranged weapons and different combat styles. 

Take a look at the Die by the Blade official Kickstarter video by clicking here and get involved in this exciting project and reveal your inner warrior!