Picture this — a 1v1 fighter, with warriors who use swords, and the chance to kill your opponent in one hit? You thought of the PlayStation classic Bushido Blade, didn't you? And it's about time we finally got a spiritual successor. And that's exactly what Grindstone and Triple Hill Interactive's brand new game, Die by the Blade, is trying to do.
Funded via Kickstarter back in 2020, and inspired by the aforementioned unique beat 'em up alongside Dark Souls and Way of the Samurai, players will be able to face off against their opponents in a samurai-punk world in nail-biting combat. Who will get the first hit, and will they be able to kill them in one go? The game is coming to consoles and PC on 3rd November, but Switch owners will have to wait until 2023 to hold our katanas.
It's a pretty brutal premise — you can slice limbs off, or attempt to go for a clean victory — but it adds a nail-biting tension that's rarely seen in other games. There's an array of traditional Japanese-style weapons to choose from, so you'll need to find your favourite in order to parry and block your enemies and sneak in for the kill.
You can check out how the game plays above, but for more features coming to this fighter, here are the details from publisher Kwalee:
About Die by the Blade
Die by the Blade is a 1v1 weapons-focused fighter where the difference between victory and death can amount to a single strike of the blade. Carve your path through this samurai-punk world with nothing but your trusty weapon by your side in the story-driven single-player campaign or crush your friends in local or online multiplayer. Looking for more of a challenge? Test your skills against unknown warriors in online ranked matches and prove that you are the indisputable champion.
In Die by the Blade, there are no health bars, so you can’t afford to let your guard down. The one-hit kill system leaves no room for error. If you want to survive, you’ll need to master the parrying mechanic, memorise the combos for your chosen weapon, and sharpen your reflexes. The victor of any battle could be decided in a matter of seconds, so be prepared for multiple quick bouts against your opponents.
Will you have what it takes to become a master samurai? Or will you fall like countless others before you?
- One-hit-kill – All it takes is one slice in tense, one-hit-kill-based combat
- Choose your playstyle - A diverse array of weapons with different movesets
- Multiplayer showdowns – Take the battle online with ranked online modes
- Customisation – Tailor your character's style to the way you see fit
- Brutal encounters – Dismember your opponents with brutal precision
- Welcome to samurai-punk – A unique art style that merges a cyberpunk aesthetic with Japanese-inspired themes
Will you be joining the fight in Die by the Blade on Switch in 2023? 3, 2, 1... duke it out in the comments!