Prove you are the world's greatest swordsman! Engage in tactical 1 vs. 1 sword fighting, 2 vs. 2, or sandbox FFA, or capture Control Points in a tactical slash-em-up.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (3,414 reviews) - 76% of the 3,414 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 7, 2014

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February 7

The map for the Team Deathmatch World Tournament is now available

The map for the upcoming World Tournament is now available for download. All participants should download the map and familiarise themselves with it.

It can be downloaded here -
If you don't know what the World Tournament is and would like to, then see here for more information.

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February 6

Patch 3971 released.

Patch 3971

  • Fixed client stats - Notes, items and stats all working again.

Server operators will need to update their servers, sorry for the inconvenience

Sorry for the delay, had a few issues getting everything back working again.
I know this is probably not a very interesting patch. I didn't want to make players wait any longer than they had to. I hope to work on a content and balance patch for around end of February (please don't quote me on that).

I'll post some more news of upcoming events and other bits n pieces soon.


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"... the saving grace of Blade Symphony is that its duels are thoroughly, distinctively, and consistently exhilarating."
PC Gamer

"Blade Symphony is primed and ready to help expand the melee combat genre on the PC."
Capsule Computers

"Blade Symphony looks like Chivalry with elegance."

"When it’s a Dystopia dev’s new otherworldly duelling game, you pay attention. Especially when it’s looking quite so beautiful."

About This Game

Prove you are the world's greatest swordsman in Blade Symphony: a slash-em-up featuring a highly detailed and in-depth sword fighting system. Face down other players in tactical swordplay, 2 versus 2 team duels, sandbox FFA, or the Control Points game mode!

Choose your fighting style

Each of the four characters have a unique fighting style suited to how you want to play.
  • Phalanx, a fencer gladiator hybrid, attacks with long range stabs and a versatile array of side attacks
  • Judgement, a knight crossed with a samurai, uses hard hitting forward attacks and wide strafing attacks
  • Ryoku, a vagrant street ninja, attacks with break dance moves and a signature reverse blade style
  • Pure, an acrobatic wushu style assassin that attacks with flips, cartwheels, extremely mobile
  • Vanguard, a quick-footed champion that uses leaning plunges to push opponents into her blade

Each character has four combat stances and over forty different attacks.

Choose Your Sword

Pair your character up with a sword type to completely change your way of approaching combat.
  • Katana, cause massive damage when parrying your opponents
  • Longsword, a well-balanced, hard hitting and adaptable sword
  • Rapier, a piercing, high damage forward thrusting weapon great for parrying
  • Scimitar, a weapon based on turning and performing as many cuts as possible
  • Jian, an agile, responsive weapon great for combos

Tactical Sword Fighting

There are no unlockable advantages in Blade Symphony. All unlockables are cosmetic. You care about proving your skill and so should your game.

Every attack has openings that are determined in real-time and efficacy is entirely up to you. Did you start an attack too early? Turn away and end the attack in a safe location. Did your opponent stupidly use a lighter stance? Go in and punish him! By switching stances mid-combo you can chain attacks into your own flurry of death.

The fighting system is open for your exploration, you can dash, jump, do an air attack, land, swing sideways with a heavy stance, parry with a light stance, and then roll away.

Every attack flows from your blade in true three dimensional space. As does your opponents! Swords collide in mid-air and you will need good timing and aim to defeat your opponent.

Advanced Character Customization

Customize your character with skins, masks, swords, and multiple attachments streamed directly from Steam Workshop.

Fight as a Team

Play in the new Control Points game mode and participate in team-based sword fighting.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz P4(+), Dual Core 2.0(+) or AMD64X2(+)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX9.0c Compatible 256MB VRAM, NVIDIA Geforce 7600 Series / ATI x1600 Series
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB HD space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
235 of 319 people (74%) found this review helpful
54 people found this review funny
1,702.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
The longer you play this game the more you realize how bad it is.

- Dead game pretty much only the same few Russians on at this point.
- No more updates. Devs left the game with unfinished characters, bad movesets, and queues.
- You have to wait years just to play, because devs are too lazy to make matchmaking. Did I mention they shut down the offical servers?
- Game is so unbalanced.
- Running away beats nearly everything.
- Trying to get the game changed will result in you getting circlejerked on and then you get told "You're not good enough to understand."
- They let players balance the game. (They only balance for the highest tier players (themselves))
- Ego Simulator
- All the servers are run by salty Stalins.
- Community is nice if you suck certain people's ♥♥♥♥♥.
- If you state an opinion you will become an outcast.
- People who put input on balance via the forums don't even play the game.
- This game never changes. It's had the same issues since 2013.
If you really want it get it when it's like 90% off.
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34 of 51 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
A deep game with a hollow community. There's little to nobody to play with. It's a real shame since this is one of the most unique blade-fighting game mechanics I've seen in a long while.
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
This game NEEDS just a hint of marketing!!!
-the player base is small enough to where its a bit of a problem.
-Solid, straightforward yet difficult to master mechanics, Character customization is more expansive than Mortal Kombat but of course less than Soul Calibur, and its visually beautiful without being heavily dependent on good hardware.
-I want to see this game get bigger! Devs, If you each spent an hour blasting youtube, forums, and your gamer friends with a well made cinematic trailer (I KNOW you can do it the existing videos have good production quality, and hard to beat a bangin soundtrack such as this) we could very well see the player base double in a matter of weeks. do it while you're on sale and call it triple! you know its not the "game's" fault when every commentator's post is about the player base and nothing to do with performance issues.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
341.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Played 222+ hours so surely it's been worth my time, was dank, but I do have other things to say about it aswell

Anyways gonna put a TL;DR right here if you too lazy
Of course, Blade Symphony is a swordfighting game, the same way Arma 3 is a FPS
Is good gameplay wise, but sometimes there are a lack of players, if you want players just buy when the game is on sale there are tons, plenty of victims ;^)
Play if you want to get serious about getting better, don't if you think button mashing is the ♥♥♥♥
Be prepared to spend alot of time if you want to get anywhere
Unless you spam vanguard ofc
You will ragequit like tons of times, some players are pieces of ♥♥♥♥, and tons are ready to help
If you feel some attraction to this game keep on playing, getting better is worth it

- Characters, swords, and workshop items are diverse
- Anyone can create anything in the workshop
- The game has a large focus on skill
- When you win against someone really good it's like the greatest feeling ever
- Capes (but so expensive, one could say it is a testament of skill since you need to win to get notes(ingamecurrency, in duel 10 notes per win & 1 note per loss, in FFA 1 note per win & no notes per loss, ranked matches only, and yes there is ranked FFA, but you don't suffer any loss in ranking))
- Gameplay surely different compared to others, don't start if you don't like losing alot
- Ranking up by fighting someone in your own rank, makes alot of the battles way less tense and you don't get sweaty and nervous every fight. Note that not all fights will give you points in ranking, 2v2 and 2v1 matches where all players have the same rank won't give any points at all, but they give notes, however I wouldn't recommened 2v2 cause is god damn tedious fighting 2 people at the same time while they spam attacks and your team mate isn't doing anything or is already dead. At the same time 2v2 is pretty good if you want to fight someone your level without losing elo/ranking
- Alot of players are pretty cool and willing to help you out, also the ryoku clan mentors are pretty useful for many people young and old (not just for ryoku players it's just a name)
- Somehow has become an otaku game, even vanguard starts speaking japanese all of a sudden
- Sprays, man sprays are hilarious sometimes
- Alot of people are trying to bring the community together
- Hidden code of honour (Bowing, GG GF WP, no shurikens when starting, etc.)
- Nobody really knows how good you actually are. The elo ranking system turns the ranks into leaderboards rather than seperating players by skill, so it's pretty fun to go defeat new masters who think they are good
- You can only buy cosmetic items in the customization menu, no items that give you an advantage

- Vanguards who spam (idk why they aren't less spammable nowadays, it's insane)
- It's frustrating to get on the right track especially when you don't have a mentor or someone(/thing?) similar
- If your ping is too high then the game is f*cked up (grabbing from 10m away, you can't hit anybody, random damage done to you) if you are under 100 ping it should be fine
- Empty community most of the time (When there is a sale of some sort there are tons for some reason, so play during sales if you want to play with tons of people)
- Spamming gets you up the ranking system pretty fast
- Not many servers and most are for FFA and Duel, never get to play on any others with good ping
- Some characters make a real good fit that it's pretty easy to rank up with them (Rapier & Phalanx, Rapier & Vanguard) they also are really hard to beat sometimes, I'd see this mostly being trouble for new players
- Players learn more through playing random matches at first than through the tutorial, never got to finish the tutorial myself. It approaches you with a very technical mindset, but for someone who just bought the game trying to have fun you're better off learning by going into FFA to duel people, trying new things out, and asking people how stuff work

While said in Cons that spamming gets you up the ranking system pretty fast, alot of people can get stuck between Diamond and Master. When you get Diamond the first time don't expect to keep it too long as there is a massive skill gap between players when you reach Diamond. If you're lucky you'll focus less on ranking up and instead actually getting better.

Additionally the game gets very technical sometimes, reading up the patch notes is a good idea if you want to improve your techniques/tactics/whatever. Sadly you can't 1 hit with a katana anymore, well if you got lucky.

So, this game is pretty good gameplay wise, and there aren't that many issues if you enjoy the game like me, vanguard is still a ♥♥♥♥♥ when abused, but there are some players that respectably use her. I'd say that this is game is the best game at the moment for people who want to play a sword-fighting game that requires real skill. It really gives you a feel of improvement everytime you beat someone through hard work and training. So I'd say go for it, knock yourself out.

Anyways please fix vanguard
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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2015
hey kid wanna see my katana collection
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