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In this video update we take you on a tour of how sword fighting works in Blade Symphony and demonstrate an in-game duel.

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Hey guys! The response from the last few updates and our announcement had been really tremendous. Blade Symphony was recently featured on Podcast 17, UserCreated.org, Planet Half-Life, and got a mention on Rock Paper Shotgun!

I also posted the link to our trailer on Reddit which got a ton of interesting reactions.

The goal of our trailer was never to show off actual gameplay, being a teaser trailer and all. However there's been a plethora of rumors and assumptions about the mod that I wish we can just move past.

In the spirit of keeping the community updated on what we're doing, I present to you a gameplay feature demonstration video below.


One thing I do want to address was the comments aimed at the animations since the teaser trailer. Comparing us to Vindictus is of no help since they are an established game company complete with a motion capture studio. Whereas, we had no choice but to hand animate everything.

The other issue was the recording process for the teaser trailer was full of pitfalls. We recorded with our "slash-stop", a technique of freezing animation during the moment of impact, turned on, however during demo-playback we discovered that it was best to turn them off for aesthetic reasons. Unfortunately this meant that the demos had the slash-stop information already in the physics, causing bizarre sliding-around animations that you saw.

Anyone who's worked with the Source SDK will also tell you the engine is not friendly with third-person animation and network code. This is also compounded with the problem because certain animation bugs cause the player to skip an animation but they would still move. Ouch. So yeah, that's the next thing I'm tackling.

But yes! Tell your friends about Blade Symphony. Link to moddb, or better yet, punyhumangames.com. We also have a forum which you can ask the developers questions. I lurk there and I may just pop in to reply to any questions you might have.

See you, Space Samurai.

~M

PS:
Upon seeing the movie render I have the feeling that my voice-over audio might not be loud enough. Please let us know if there's an issue with the audio, as it's 5am in the morning and I'm short a pair of headphones from devapalooza so I can't check the audio volume. If it's an issue I'll definitely re-render and re-upload the video.

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Henley Staff
Henley

Nope video was awesome.

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Verendus
Verendus

Game play looks sweet already!
I thought you were going to lose xD

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Betelgeuze
Betelgeuze

impressive!

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Maxen1416
Maxen1416

i came

i mean this is the best sword-fighting system i have ever seen on the source engine..

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ScorpionFaiha
ScorpionFaiha

I like the fact that you cant just spam the attack button and hoping you get a kill.

Impressive piece of work!!

I salute you.

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MrCowThing
MrCowThing

Really great work! Also, the video volume is fine.

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este
este

Awesome vid, the fighting looks great :)

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DillonBarba
DillonBarba

reminds me of bushido blade, with the stances.
which also happens to be my favorite ps1 game, wheres the donate button? haha

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zombieOnion
zombieOnion

This is way too anime for me, but I will download and play this.
Animations look great.
Textures look great.
Model looks great.
Now, can I control it with a gamepad?

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Anddos
Anddos

looks like a totally new game, hard to believe its a hl2 mod

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WatchMaker
WatchMaker

After nearly 6 years, someone makes a HL2 sword fighting mod that looks semi-fun. Awesome.

But please, for the love of god, don't forget to hype your mod. Promote it like a crazy sonofabitch, every chance you get. Without a relentless PR plan, your mod will go unnoticed. And no matter how fun it plays, it will die if it does not have a large number of people interested in it. This has happened to hundreds of potentially awesome mods before, and it WILL happen to yours if you do not play the PR game correctly.

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KindredPhantom
KindredPhantom

You the fans of Blade Symphony can help too, get the word out, reply to topics on forums that are already discussing it, rate favourite and share the youtube video(s). Youtube.com

Fan power and pester power can go a long way. :D

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MirzaGhalib
MirzaGhalib

Very good-looking game. I can't believe how fluid it all looks. The fighting mechanics are simple and graceful which I very much like. It looks like players will have to think carefully about their moves rather than just button mashing. Great work.

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kgino1045
kgino1045

very good attempt

I expect this one

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Maury
Maury

Awesome Video

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Visorak06
Visorak06

Wow, this is the sort of hack and slash gameplay Source has needed! Bravo Team Blade Symphony! Bravo!

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SolidFake
SolidFake

hot

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Genocidical
Genocidical

this is very orginial kudos to you guys keep the goods and keep on jugling this should be flaming hot love the gameplay is something to keep people playing more tactical

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