Dystopia is a is a total conversion of the Source Engine that places players into tense combat situations in a high-tech world spanned by computer networks. As Punks or Corporate Mercenaries, players will fight through the physical world to gain access, via Jack-in Points, to cyberspace. Cyberspace is a three dimensonal representation of the world's network. In cyberspace, players must fight off enemy hackers and launch programs to gain control of critical systems and to affect the physical world. Gameplay progresses through inter-linked physical and cyberspace objectives, and players must work together to achieve victory for their team. Players will be immersed in action-packed battles, whether as a heavily augmented combat mercenary armed to the teeth with the latest in firepower and cybernetic implants, or as a twitch-reflex cyberdecker racing to infiltrate a cyberspace node.

Post news Report article RSS Feed Limited amount of beta keys for Blade Symphony Build 3!

It's the end of the week and we've released our third major build in two days, things are speeding up for us. If you're interested in playing Blade Symphony, we have 500 keys beta keys available to people that read this post!

Posted by urinal-cake on Feb 18th, 2011

Hey all.
After a hard week of Podcasting with P17, updating our auto-updater and fixing some intense issues and adding more content -- Build 3 is out!
We thought it would be a great time to show some of the new stuff we've been working on and give out some keys for our closed beta of Blade Symphony. Remember, PHANs get immediate access!

Check out the changes..

Build 3 Released update Build 3 Released update

Left: Testing reflective surfaces on maps Spire was working on.
Right: Mock-up of a redesign for the round start screen that Atomy implemented a week ago.

Build 3 Released update Build 3 Released update

Left: Charles created an alternate skin for Ryoku. I just finished the skin selection code this week to try it out.
Right: Here's our new character selection screen. It's still work in progress of course.

Build 3 Released update Build 3 Released update

Left: The first screenshot of District, the map we will release after Monastery.
Right: The final arena of Monastery, the Hallways.

Also PHAN club member Alice posted a series of really cool Blade Symphony videos on YouTube. Here's one of our favorites!

Build2_Changelog wrote:

    Additions & Changes:

  • Added the Katana from Dystopia.
  • Added a graphical menu for sword selection, default key is “L”.
  • Added a graphical menu for character selection with model preview, default key is “K”
  • Added skin support for models using vs_skin and vs_character
  • Added second Ryoku skin.
  • Optimized the Courtyard arena of duel_winter.
  • Changed in-game chat to be readable by dead players as well.
  • Changed “stacatto_black” sword name to Stacatto Black.
  • Cleaned up the round overview screen to removed extraneous elements.
  • Added a check for unranked players.
  • Added rank color highlight.
  • [#3261][#3181][#3170] Added fading when camera is too close to character.
  • Changed display name of Knight to “Judgement.”
  • Changed scoreboard formatting.
  • Added global ranking stat to scoreboard.
  • [#3254] Added basic bow mechanic
  • Bugs:

  • Fixed character selection Accept and Cancel button widths.
  • Fixed an animation ragdoll assert.
  • [#3224] Fixed chat HUD going away on spawn.
  • Fixed chat bubble starting at weird angles when dashing or backflips.
  • [#3211]Fixed crash on map change when player entity memory address changes.
  • [#3262] Fixed for reverse stance and heavy stance run animation.
  • [#3166][#3137] Fixed reverse stance sword flip.
  • [#3200] Fixed Heavy String 2 Tier 1 and Tier 2 transitions.
  • [#3198] Fixed Changing stances affecting attack charge speed.
  • Fixed incorrect sword selection load on spawn.
  • [#3241] Fixed bug where round start displayed wrong names for spectators.
  • [#3270] Fixed client crash on random map change in mid-round.
  • Fixed prediction error for action animation durations.
  • [#3226] Players start in non-default poses after round start
  • [#3263] Fixed floating spawn points on duel_winter
  • [#3133][#3197] Fixed partially cut off shadows on deck and courtyard arena in Winter.

Also, we've been at work on a stats system for Blade Symphony, thanks to our stats pro; mindstormmaster. Using this system, you can also check out the player activity. Although, we'll talk more about stats in a future post.

Looking for a beta key to get into the Blade Symphony closed beta?

To get into the closed beta, simply go to Blade-symphony.com and signup using the code " 79f9116126c6d94e " without the quotes. Be sure to correctly enter your SteamID and e-mail. This key is only valid for a limited number of usages, so sign up quickly!

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Warfield Feb 18 2011, 7:46pm says:

Amazing and thanks for the beta key!

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rainerwain Feb 18 2011, 7:53pm says:

it doesnt accept my steam id??

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mindstormmaster Feb 18 2011, 8:22pm replied:

Try using your Community profile URL.

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Newbez Feb 18 2011, 7:55pm says:

simply stunning

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Lanceo9 Feb 18 2011, 7:58pm says:

wow. awesome. thanks guys Its downloading now.

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naitoookami Feb 18 2011, 8:06pm says:

yay i got into this beta this time

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angelcs Feb 18 2011, 8:47pm says:

nice vid

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xXMaNiAcXx Feb 18 2011, 9:21pm says:

At last i'm in Beta :P

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AAAStudios Feb 18 2011, 9:22pm says:

i have error when i update it,it says "One possible cause of this is a change to rsync password on server" help :(

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Esoj Feb 18 2011, 9:52pm replied:

if you have a firewall try disabling it and then updating.

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Res1 Feb 18 2011, 10:17pm says:

Finally i get to play this awesome mod !

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Mkilbride Feb 18 2011, 11:11pm says:


didn't clear this news post. :P

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KindredPhantom Feb 19 2011, 10:59am replied:

That will teach you not to clear any of the future newsposts. :D

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Hitelf Feb 18 2011, 11:15pm says:

Cant wait to play and test it out.

Il be glad to leave a feedback :3

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DeadPhaker Feb 19 2011, 1:33am says:

I got in yeay :D

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stealthpredator Feb 19 2011, 5:05am says:


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stealthpredator Feb 19 2011, 5:08am says:

Wait, how do i register a forum account? Sidekick says i need to log in :(

Link for forum please.

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Die-Hard-Ed Feb 19 2011, 5:39am replied:

You need to log in with your email addres and the provided password which should have been emailed to you.

I'm logged in to Sidekick but when i'm downloading the update, i keep being presented with this error message at around 79%:

*** Error : Errors with program diagnostics
*** One possible cause of this is a change to the rsync password on the server

Any ideas?

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mflux Feb 19 2011, 5:49am replied:

A lot of people have been having this problem. I recommend downloading the dedicated server build for now until we get sidekick issues resolved. You can still play with that version, it is updated.

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Underet Feb 19 2011, 5:17am says:

Thx to dystopia team! (or PH)

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Soldier1312 Feb 19 2011, 9:36am says:

Great "THANKS" for game and for beta key. :D

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Torabi Feb 19 2011, 9:54am says:

Fantastic. I was almost certain that it was used up already. Downloading now!

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Soldier1312 Feb 19 2011, 10:47am says:

Hmmm sorry for this maybe stupid question but: Is it normal that black katana doesn't work?

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KindredPhantom Feb 19 2011, 11:00am replied:

Do you mean the katana model? Could you provide a screenshot?

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mflux Feb 19 2011, 11:25am replied:

It was a mistake left in the build. Try not to use that one, and wait for our next patch.

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TrooperHUN Feb 19 2011, 10:59am says:

**** yeah I'm in.

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majorD2 Feb 19 2011, 11:03am says:

*Gets beta key*

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Soldier1312 Feb 19 2011, 11:13am says:

@KindredPhantom: Here's screenshot

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Ansob Feb 19 2011, 1:21pm replied:

Yeah, that's one of our artists leaving the name and path in the swords list but forgetting to include the model. Ignore that for now and just don't pick that sword. :)

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majorD2 Feb 19 2011, 11:20am says:

When sidekick was launched, it said that "Unable to find a version of the Runtime to run this application"

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mflux Feb 19 2011, 11:58am replied:

You may need to install



Are you not on Windows 7 by any chance?

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Ryswick17 Feb 19 2011, 1:37pm says:

the download link for the beta seems to be down

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Ryswick17 Feb 19 2011, 2:44pm replied:

scratch that last comment, i just got the phan download one, the url for the download in the beta email is dead

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Soldier1312 Feb 19 2011, 2:45pm says:

Ok. Thanks for info Ansob. :)

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Soldier1312 Feb 19 2011, 3:34pm says:

Ok, that's probably spam now but I have few more questions (sorry).
1. At screenshots I see about 4 maps and in-game I have only 2.
2. "Added second Ryoku skin" - does it mean I can change texture of model? If yes, I would be grateful for telling me how to.
3. Last thing I want to ask is that functions "bow" and "taunt" should work? Because they aren't working for me.

Sorry for problems but I just want to know everything that I should know.

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mflux Feb 19 2011, 3:45pm replied:

1. Not all maps have been released yet.
2. Still buggy, wait for a future release.
3. WIll be in next release. That some how snuck into this current build's changelog.

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Soldier1312 Feb 19 2011, 3:52pm says:

Ok mflux. Good to know.

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galdor Feb 19 2011, 4:43pm says:

yay i got it to work cant wait to play

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raijian Feb 19 2011, 7:56pm says:

I got into the beta, and I have the installer. I installed it, and sidekick was like "Found an update, click restart to install it now"

So i did, then nothing happens.

If I try to connect to a server it gives me an engine error something about class tables etc.

What's up o.o

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SEGIII Feb 19 2011, 8:24pm replied:

Try downloading it from the dedicated server, it has the latest build.

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raijian Feb 20 2011, 7:23am replied:

Where is the "dedicated server"

Is that a server in the game I should connect to?

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KindredPhantom Feb 20 2011, 8:40am replied:

You can download the Windows dedicated server from here, just unzip it into your sourcemods folder: Punyhumangames.com

You will have to create a forum account if you have not already. After that myself or one of the other moderators can then give you access to the part of the forum where you can download the files from. If you join #punyhuman on irc.gamesurge.net then this can all be done within a few minutes on there.

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mindstormmaster Feb 19 2011, 9:39pm replied:

The update sidekick found was an update for sidekick. You need to run sidekick again and click the Update button. It should show you what the current revision number is and which revision you have, or none if you haven't updated with sidekick yet.

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raijian Feb 20 2011, 7:24am replied:

Thanks. Sidekick is updating the game now, should I be able to connect to a server once it finishes?

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Ansob Feb 20 2011, 8:07am replied:

Yes, you should.

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Warped Feb 20 2011, 7:07am says:

And I'm in the Beta, yay :D

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Rych_Assassin Feb 20 2011, 4:57pm says:

Mine says Could not find Steam ID...

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mindstormmaster Feb 23 2011, 2:10am replied:

Did you try one of the other three Steam ID formats? Go to Steamidfinder.com for more help on finding your Steam ID.

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Visorak06 Feb 21 2011, 10:00am says:

Thanks for the key guys, looking forward to playing this afternoon when I get home.

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CyborgChaosX Feb 23 2013, 6:45pm says:

how do i sign up? or is it already used up

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