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  Grindstone Takes you Behind the Scenes of Upcoming One-Hit-Kill Game Die by the Blade
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Košice, Slovak Republic - 23rd September, 2020. Publisher Grindstone and developer Triple Hill Interactive have released three exciting new vlogs offering you an exclusive behind the scenes look at their upcoming sword fighting action game Die by the Blade. With the Kickstarter campaign now confirmed to go live on 13th October 2020, Grindstone is opening up its doors and revealing some of the fascinating work involved in delivering on the tense, one-hit-kill gameplay you can expect when the game launches in 2021.


The first vlog, hosted by community executive Erik ‘Ekolimits’ Kovac, introduces you to Die by the Blade and how the team is creating the tense action gameplay experiences where one wrong move might seal your fate.

Click here to watch the first intro vlog


Vlog #2 introduces how the combat and one-hit-kill damage system will work and takes you behind the scenes of a motion capture session where real, traditional sword fighting experts show off their skills.


Watch Vlog #2 - Combat

The weapon you choose in Die by the Blade will be key to your survival during battle. In vlog #3, Ekolimits takes you through some of the different weapons and explains how each weapon will offer a very different combat experience for the player.

Check out vlog #3 - Weapons

A special video has also been released revealing details of one of the top tier pledge rewards available when the Kickstarter campaign is live. The Mask of Oni reward will be strictly limited to 10 units and is a true masterpiece of craftsmanship.

View the Mask of Oni video and pledge reward

More vlogs will be released on the lead up to the Kickstarter campaign going live on 13th October. You can sign up to the newsletter and be the first to receive access to the latest vlogs, game information and updates on the exciting pledge rewards planned when the campaign goes live.


  • You can watch the Die by the Blade teaser trailer here.

    About Die by the Blade

Die by the Blade draws inspiration from legendary combat games like Bushido Blade, Way of the Samurai and Dark Souls as well as the epic stand-offs in Ghost of Tsushima. Set in a visually stunning ‘Samurai-punk’ vision of Japan, Die by the Blade fuses techpunk visuals and japanese-inspired aesthetics to create the perfect backdrop for the ancient art of sword-fighting. Players must take up their sword and face off against deadly opponents, where the slightest mistake will 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 singleplayer campaign.


By utilising a One-Hit-Kill combat system, Die by the Blade leaves no room for mistakes. By removing the concepts of health bars and health points, the game is built on a realistic battle system creating a sense of real tension as one error by the player could result in instant death. This system emphasizes the need for weapon positioning, parrying and counter moves to defend against enemy attacks before delivering a clean hit to any vital area of your opponent, causing instant death. Players must use the One-Hit-Kill system to learn from their mistakes and mount devastating comebacks to claim victory.


Die by the Blade is being developed by Slovak Republic developer Triple Hill Interactive and published by Grindstone and is scheduled for a 2021 release for PC as well as PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Fans can wishlist the game on Steam by visiting the official page here. Keep up to date with all the latest news by visiting the official social media channels - Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Discord


For more information please contact: 


Mark Allen

Mark Allen PR Ltd on behalf of Grindstone.

[email protected]


About Grindstone

Grindstone is the new-age publisher from Slovakia founded by industry veteran Peter Nagy in 2015. Despite starting low profile, projects produced and supported by Grindstone stand out of the crowd with their unique concept, ideas and production quality. Beyond the production of games, Grindstone leads the growth of the regional game development ecosystem, organizes the international video game conference - Game Days Kosice, and aims to become a major global publishing and production company.


About Triple Hill Interactive

Triple Hill Interactive is a fast growing game development studio from Košice, Slovakia. Founded in 2015 by Peter Adamondy, Triple Hill is dedicated to bringing innovative and high quality projects to PC and consoles. Triple Hill released several mobile games and currently is working on Die by the Blade - innovative one-hit-kill sword combat game inspired by Bushido Blade slated for Q2/2021 release.