A third person story-driven RPG/Adventure. Play as Astrid, a Viking heroine on a mission to rescue her mother. Teaming up with her estranged father figure Birger the Bastard, encounter the beautiful and dangerous environment of Jordenheim as you traverse puzzles and vanquish enemies.
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May 18

Chapter 3 update and insights

Good morning community!

We have had a very successful push in marketing efforts this month on getting the word out about our game and our community, adding over 1600 people now as owners of Blood Bond - Into the Shroud.

Both for those of that are newly initiated in our community and as an update to the many that have been with us on this journey so far - I felt a quick update was necessary.

Chapter 3 update
I am aiming for Chapter 3 to now go live on Thursday. Adding Birger into the game destabilized some combat mechanics that needed to be rebalanced and the addition of our first indoor environment and game mechanics to that needed more work. I am now getting to a good state with that and it's almost ready to put into your hands.

The Chapter Release Schedule
The main game is more or less done end to end across all six chapters. The main reason for us to release in chapters intermittently was to test our a model for storytelling that we wanted to try and to ensure that we were carrying out the first launch of a game in the studio with humility.

It was unlikely that as a first-time game developer we were going to nail the right definition of all the concepts and mechanics in the game on the first try based only on in house talent and thoughts.

We needed a mechanism of ensuring value to consumers by allowing time to adapt to feedback and allow for changes to be incorporated for those that were buying the game. The chapter by chapter schedule ensures that we can catch problems and fix them, and make those fixes available to people that have purchased the game already - thus ensuring good value for money.

If we had tried to perfect the game to a conclusion in house, based on our own ideas only, released it and found them to be flawed - there would have been no way for us to rectify that post-purchase for a gamer. Thus, we would have given poor value to those supporting us - you.

This model has worked very well and done exactly what was intended and the game has gotten much better as we evolved the introductory two chapters we launched since March together with the community.

The Right Way to Report Bugs and Feedback
I noticed that one or two community members are using the review system to highlight issues they find in the game. I am always happy for people to voice their honest opinions on the game in any manner they have publicly available - including reviews. It does, however, help me action the bugs more intelligently if you report them in the community forums here instead - because then we can actually try to narrow down if it is a bug and how to sort it out permanently.

Looking forward to bringing Chapter 3 to you next week and as always the team is grateful for the stellar welcome we have received on Steam for our first title.

best regards

Kosala
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May 16

Welcome to the Alienware Community Members

For those of you joining us from the campaign we are doing with Alienware Arena - welcome to the WRKS games community for Blood Bond - Into the Shroud!

We are super happy to see you and welcome you to the world of Jordenheim.

You are just in time for a big content update over the next few days when we launch Chapter 3 - which is the start of big story points in the game after the tutorial and intro portions. Good times indeed - enjoy and swing by the forums to tell us if you find bugs, issues and feedback!

Best regards

Kosala
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About This Game

Genre: RPG, Adventure, Puzzle, Single Player
Value for Money: 20-30 hours across all chapters of the game
Think: Witcher meets Horizon Dawn with Indie flair
Release Style: Episodic, fixed price

Discover Jordenheim

A Viking inspired world with lush environments, a flourishing ecology, and deep characters as you immerse yourself in a third person RPG adventure that challenges you with exploration, puzzles and strategic combat as you work your way through our engaging story.

Astrid our heroine, is a young village Witch, toeing the line between old-school Viking magic and the encroachment of modernization on her culture and civilization. Old magic has fled the main parts of Sverige and the Jordenheim regions are under threat from foreign economic interests and belief structures alike. In her village of Guilon, on the outskirts of the Shrouded Realm, Astrid and her mother live a life of outcasts from the main Village.

An unforeseen and terrible turn of events causes her to need to reach out to her estranged Father, Birger the Bastard, an old-school Viking hero of yore - with whom she has no relationship at all. Thus begins our adventure of danger, exploration, and self-discovery as Astrid and Birger set out to unearth the source of these events, while at the same time finding common ground between themselves and forging a lasting father-daughter relationship.

How We Want You To Experience The Game

Blood Bond is being released in an episodic chapter style, where you experience chapters of content over time until the story is completed. Each chapter updates the main game and is not a DLC and will not cost extra. Every chapter is free after the first purchase. See our community pages on Steam for a FAQ.

Development Roadmap

Please see our Trello Board for our chapter and patch release schedule: https://trello.com/b/jHITy0q3/blood-bond-release-schedule

Thank you for supporting our indie game development efforts!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 and upwards
    • Processor: Core i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960 or AMD Radeon™ R9 280
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: Minimum requirements are the ones required to enjoy the game at 40fps on LOW settings at 1080p
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 and upwards
    • Processor: Core i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon™ RX 570X
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: Recommended requirements are the ones required to enjoy the game at 40-60fps on HIGH settings at 1080p

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