Introducing Blade Kitten

Introducing Blade Kitten

Hey folks, I’m Steve Stamatiadis the creator and guy to blame for Blade Kitten, a fantastic new side-scrolling action game for the PS3. No, seriously, it IS awesome. I know because it’s a story I’ve wanted to tell in game form for a great many years. So come with me and I’ll give you a little behind the scenes insight as to where this game comes from.

First up, Blade Kitten is the adventures of bounty hunter Kit Ballard, a pink haired catgirl (or Felion as they’re known in the universe). She travels around with her sidekick, Skiffy a feisty alien critter that is her companion and protector, and also her floating A.I. sword known as the Darque Blade. Her current bounty leads her to a synthetic planetoid on the outskirts of civilized space. There she’s ambushed by a rival and thus begin Kit’s adventures in the game.

Blade Kitten was born out of the need to bring together years of unused and unfinished ideas into a cool, fun universe that I could channel my creative energy into. These ideas feature all the geeky cool stuff that I loved like anime visuals, giant robots, big swords, aliens, cool fun science fiction and a serving of fun. This happened around 2001 while I was working on the first TY the Tasmanian Tiger game creating that universe. I had a lot of fun doing that but really wanted more sci-fi (though actually I ended up creeping a lot more Blade Kittenish robots into the TY universe).

You would have thought all of these different ideas wouldn’t have worked together but in fact they ended up fitting together like a big jigsaw puzzle. I guess all those projects were really just parts of the whole and maybe that’s why I could never work them out on their own. It was an exciting time realizing that it all fit together so nicely that I could proceed to the next stage, the protagonist.

So before Blade Kitten formed the previous two projects I was thinking about were at opposite ends of the spectrum – one was a too serious and the other was to silly but I really liked elements of both (they also had female leads) so I found the halfway point and that had pretty much the right amount of serious and playfulness. In the early days it was named “Kit-10” because Kit had 10 robot gimmicks. That was a pretty dumb name but one of her robots Blade stuck around and became the Darque Blade. The idea of the robots became part of Kit’s personality; her “hobby” is mech spotting which comes in handy when you may need to fight them.

Introducing Blade Kitten

The ideas that led up to Blade Kitten. From the left Princess Pop Idol, Gun Gladiator, Kat Burglar, First Blade Kitten, Final Blade Kitten

Kit herself visually was a mix of different elements from the previous designs both of which were just plain old human girls. I wanted my heroine to scream Sci Fi from the get-go so I figured she needed to have something obviously alien about her. I decided on a catgirl because it was so ubiquitous in anime and it said “I’m not a normal human”. I’m not a catgirl fanatic but I like that it made her different from the typical macho bald space marines that were and still are so prevalent in games.

Introducing Blade Kitten

Some of the many variations of Kit’s designs from over the years

The last piece of the puzzle was the title – I went with Blade Kitten because I loved the juxtaposition of the two words. One hard and dangerous, the other soft and cute. It was almost “Blade Kitty” for a whole 24 hours. To me it has the simple straight forward charm of stuff I grew up with like Star Wars, Batman and Spider-Man… well you get it.

So I over the years I worked on the project in my spare time while working on the TY the Tasmanian Tiger series. I developed it as a comic so that I could show publishers how cool it was going to be. That was made available on the web and in print. I tried a few times to get it off the ground as a game but other work kept popping up. You can’t turn down a chance to do a big Star Wars game. It was after finishing Star Wars: The Force Unleashed that I realized it was time to bring Blade Kitten to life. So I pulled together a small team and we started work on the game proper and now nearly two years later it’s almost ready for you to try out and play on the PlayStation Network.

Update: check the official Blade Kitten site for more info.

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IT EXISTS!

Looks cool! Cheers.

I hear Krome Melbourne is shutting it’s doors! :( Is this true?

Any time frame to expect this? I have been looking forward to this for some time.

Steve Stamatiadis 14 September, 2010 @ 16:36
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It should be hitting in the next week or so.

I have reasonably high expectations for this. Looking forward to it.

I’ve only seen a bit of this game, but it looks like it’ll be a blast!

No screens or vids??

Me want Blade Kitty!! You are an inspiring character artist Steve, I hope to one day work alongside you!! ^^

Steve Stamatiadis 14 September, 2010 @ 16:46
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Shucks. All I can say is “work hard and who knows?”

Looks pretty average to me. Wish PSN would get some games like Machinarium or Limbo. Holding out for Guardian of Light and Dead Nation but there’s not much else. Top Gun appears crap based on reviews. TerRover’s controls were dreadful. Did anyone beside the devs test it before release?

Steve Stamatiadis 14 September, 2010 @ 16:45
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You have high standards, nothing wrong with that.

Blade Kitten doesn’t play average that’s for sure. Controls are fluid and the gameplay is about the player having a fun time.

Try the demo when it hits.

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@ Clxmj:

You can get some vids and screens on Gametrailers:

http://www.gametrailers.com/game/blade-kitten/12722

Man, I’m a huge fan of the comics and absolutely can’t wait to check out the game. It looks brilliant. The voices are spot on too.

Steve Stamatiadis 14 September, 2010 @ 16:41
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Thanks, Kelly Fuller (who IS Kit) just blew my mind when she recorded the voice. Some of the other new characters are just as great and exactly what I had in mind when I wrote it.

Cheers dude for tha. I dont know what to think of it, reminds me of Bionic Commando (oe Re-armed) Will defo need to try a demo if its planned… (Steve?)

Steve Stamatiadis 14 September, 2010 @ 16:38
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Yep there’s a demo on the way – same time as release. So soon.

Blade Kitten was more inspired by Capcom’s arcade classic Strider. Also it’s not a remake of an old NES game so BK is a lot bigger and more fun to play.

the game does look cool.
you should have posted a link to the website though, it has info on the game and the webcomics.
http://www.bladekitten.com
i can’t wait to play with this pink haired catgirl. ;)

Steve Stamatiadis 14 September, 2010 @ 16:39
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Oops you’re right, I forgot the link. Cheers for that.

James Gallagher 14 September, 2010 @ 16:47
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I’ll drop it in now, Steve.

DeviantVanguard 14 September, 2010 @ 17:32
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Looks pretty cool, I’ll definitely try the demo first at least. Good to see more games with anime/manga style though! :) Seems like you care a lot about your characters/games Steve… I’m sure that will transfer to the fans through your game! Best of luck with it.

Oh sweet, it’ll be released near my birthday. :)

I’ve been following this game for a good few months and plan to get it.

blade =1
hmmm

You guys should throw up some avatars, it’s getting boring having only Felicia for catgirls on there :p

Also, any secret playable characters? Devi? Alamo? Panya?

Steve Stamatiadis 15 September, 2010 @ 03:10
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I will say that you get Lucy if you complete 100% of the game.

i was looking forward 2 this game untill they destroyed the art style by going american style cause for most part american comic style looks all the same undetailed and butt ugly maybe if there is a demo i’ll try it.

by the way why american style and not japanese cause japanese style off drawing always looks better in every aspect

Steve Stamatiadis 16 September, 2010 @ 05:51
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Actually Blade Kitten is Australian style anime and always has been. That’s the way I’ve drawn since the mid 80s. It’s a mix of Japanese, American and European comics but mostly anime styled.

inspired by strider, i loved that game on the megadrive, never actually managed to finish it though. :(

can’t wait to try the game, i’ll definitely give the demo a playthrough, if i like it and the price is right a purchase could also be on the cards.

i for 1 am sick of all the side scrolling, 2d games on the psn that shouldve come out in the 80s, they are dated and overpriced and with the technology behind the ps3 we deserve much better then to be fobbed off with yet another rehash of the same game which just has different skins

Steve Stamatiadis 16 September, 2010 @ 05:49
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I disagree. And for the record the whole game is in 3D you only play in 3D. It’s only the power of the PS3 that lets us make it look like a drawn game. It’s current tech that lets us go back and do cool new things with the genre that we could never have dreamed about in the 80s. I know I was there :)

Give the demo a try you’ll be surprised by what the PS3 can do with a proper modern HD sidescroller like Blade Kitten not one of the crappy ones you’re thinking of.

This better not be too expensive.

Looks interesting, ill sure try the demo.

Take my money now. I want this so much :D

Woooo hooooo !!!
Keep us updated please, I can’t wait for the DLC =)

Looks like this’ll be fun, I just checked out some gameplay videos on YouTube.

Great news that you’ll be releasing a demo, I’ll try this one out for sure. There have been way too few good side scrollers on PS3.

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