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Steve Stamatiadis's Avatar + Posted by Steve Stamatiadis on Feb 19, 2010 // Creative Director, Krome Studios

Hi I’m Steve Stamatiadis; you may know me as Creative Director and the guy behind some of our biggest titles like TY the Tasmanian Tiger series and the PS2 and PSP versions of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. I’m also the creator and director of Krome Studios’ new game, Blade Kitten, a brand new hi-def, high-action PS3 game coming to the PlayStation Network in the Spring.

Blade Kitten Screen 1

I’m sure all of you often get asked “WTF is a Blade Kitten?” I know I do all the time.

No?

Then I guess I should tell you the tale of a catgirl, her sword and a blobby alien critter thing.

A sordid past.

Sometime in the latter part of the 20th Century I was working on a bunch of ideas for comics and games. I’d start reusing elements that I thought were really cool, like alien species, characters, mecha, weapons, until eventually realizing I was creating a universe that they all shared. Then around 2001 – not long after we had started work on TY the Tasmanian Tiger — I found I had three different ideas that each had elements I liked but none had ALL the elements I wanted. One was too cartoony (a super powered anime schoolgirl), the other was too serious (Space Gladiators with guns) and the third was an aborted game project (a 60s stealth thief). What to do? Take all the best bits out and mix them all together into a series that I could have fun working on. Problem solved.

So project “Kit-10” was born. It was a story about a female bounty hunter that had 10 different robot sidekicks to help her. One of the robots was a blade, the rest were just a bunch of dumb gimmicks that quickly fell by the wayside. But the cute girl with the big sword stuck and the title “Blade Kitten” came soon after. I was after something that was descriptive and rolled off the tongue like “Gun Ballet” but minus the gun… and the dancing. For me it harkens back to the era of comics, movies and games from when I was a kid; “Star Wars”, “Spider Man”, “Speed Racer”, “Space Invaders” – you have a fair idea what you’re in for. The “sounds-dumb-the-first-time-you-hear-them” kind of names that get stuck in your head. It was almost called “Blade Kitty” instead but that just sounded way too cutesy.

Why is she a Kitty?

Kit Ballard – I really wanted to make sure the stories screamed fantasy science fiction the first time you see them. The main character had to be some sort of alien, but not the bumpy forehead kind or the too weird to relate to kind. That’s why I decided on a cat girl (or Felion, as they’re known in the comic’s universe) because they’re still relatively normal looking, but you get odd ears on their head, right where everyone notices and you also get a cool tail bonus! Her hair is bright pink so that it stands out and echoes her vivacious attitude. We don’t get enough of that in games – things are usually “too beige” and grim. Most importantly, she’s a woman because its way, way cooler to see a girl beating up giant robots than it is to see a bald space marine beating up on robots. And so Kit Ballard, the Blade Kitten was born.



As to her “pet” Skiffy – I wanted to give Kit some kind of cute mascot sidekick so that there’s always someone for her to interact with. Space is a big place and if you’ve ever done any travelling, you know it’s always more fun to have someone with you to talk about your shared experiences. Again to emphasize the science fiction aspect, the mascot had to be some kind of alien, also something that looked cute and cuddly when you glance at it, but when you get up close, it’s actually kind of icky. So Skiffy is a bunch of nice comforting shapes with odd proportions, like a giant head with far-apart eyes.

The Blade – As they say on the internets: “Big sword is big.” It also free floats and has enough AI to be about as smart and aggressive as a pit bull. It’s there to be the tough edge to Kit’s character, the bite to her bark – wait, that’s a dog metaphor. Oops! Why does it float? Why not? We’ve had over 30 years of “laser swords,” so we felt it was time to bring on the free floating smart blades!

The game that was a comic that was going to be a game.

I always knew that I wanted to make a game out of the Blade Kitten stories when I started, but as we’d just found out, it’s really hard to launch a new game series. My cunning plan was to have something to back it up. I figured that comics would be a good way to build up the universe and show off the key features to potential game publishers later on. A webcomic turned out to be the path of least resistance to getting the story in front of people. And so I started the weekly job of writing and drawing a webcomic to sell a game. You can view it here.

Blade Kitten Screen 2

The comic was well received and ended up giving me a hundred-plus pages of comics, which meant hundreds of designs for world building when it came time to start the game. Ironically, I ended up telling a brand new part of the story for the game – one that adds to the mythos and fills in extra details in the comic storyline. That way you get some big surprises.

Over the years, we’ve tried to start a Blade Kitten game project at Krome a few times, but as fate would have it, we were victims of our own success when bigger projects kept popping up. First in 2002, when TY the Tasmanian Tiger did well enough to spawn a sequel, then another. The second time we stopped because we had the opportunity to work on a cool Star Wars project. With that successfully completed, we decided to return to original game creation and to develop and publish Blade Kitten ourselves. Something big and bright like the comic and also really fun and accessible – so we took the path of a classic action side-scroller with the addition of all the cool HD bells and whistles we could add. It’s been a really amazing ride working with a cool team to bring at all together and finally see years of imagination and effort finally become a real game.

It has also been an amazing amount of hard work on the part of the whole team. But that’s a whole different story, one I’ll share with you guys in my next post. In the meantime, please enjoy these screens we’ve captured just for the awesome community here on the PlayStation.Blog, and take a look at our trailer. Blade Kitten will be hitting PSN in the spring, which is just right around the corner!

Blade Kitten Screen 3

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+ spideyal on February 19th, 2010 at 8:59 pm said:

This game is a first day buy for me.
I really like the art direction and have been itching for a good sidescroller!
Can’t wait :D


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+ J-DANG on February 19th, 2010 at 9:01 pm said:

love it…instant buy :) any idea on how much it’ll cost?


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+ starBlinky01 on February 19th, 2010 at 9:02 pm said:

Watched the trailer on GT, graphics are really well done. I hope this turns out well! It looks pretty sweet so far.


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+ BZKlint on February 19th, 2010 at 9:17 pm said:

Please let there be a seduce button. :D


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+ BEASTXJASON on February 19th, 2010 at 9:17 pm said:

agreed 1st day buy. Bring it on


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+ Appo on February 19th, 2010 at 9:23 pm said:

You said I rdo all the time. (Pointingout the typo).

Game looks good though.


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+ will_orz on February 19th, 2010 at 9:32 pm said:

Oh my god, a catgirl with a giant sword fighting space marines. HOUR 1 PURCHASE FOR ME.


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+ Einhander138 on February 19th, 2010 at 9:34 pm said:

Hey great, another game not on disc I won’t buy.

Come on Sony, you can do better than this.


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+ bluecfc75 on February 19th, 2010 at 9:35 pm said:

looks good


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+ Blkant on February 19th, 2010 at 9:41 pm said:

It’s very intriguing, but the fact that it’s in 2D bothers me… Though I do understand why it is. I would say I’m very interested, but not sold, I would need more info or a demo to decide… But you have certainly caught my attention.


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+ Marcellino on February 19th, 2010 at 9:48 pm said:

I can hear the furry fanboys purring already.

I must say, from the trailer, this does look pretty cool.

I may have overlooked the answer to this, but is this a PSN exclusive, or will it be hitting XBLA as well?


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+ tsukasa1288 on February 19th, 2010 at 9:51 pm said:

(゚⊿゚)


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+ Dragun619 on February 19th, 2010 at 9:57 pm said:

ლ(╹◡╹ლ)

Bring on the 2D/ 2.5D Platformers!

Can’t wait for Blade Kitten,MegaMan 10 and Sonic 4.

Also we need more games like this.


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+ Blkant on February 19th, 2010 at 10:06 pm said:

Also it does seem to me that it’s a tad bit lazy for her to so rarely hold the blade, almost like no one wanted to do the animations for it…

Also again, I saw a picture recently of this on a blog, it showed the cat thing gnawing on flesh, so what is the estimated rating of the game? Teen range? M range?
Seems it might be more fitting for a M rating, the stile I mean, seems to fit it more :P


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+ TheWarOrphan on February 19th, 2010 at 10:15 pm said:

DAY ONE MAINLY FOR MY WIFE! WHO KNOWS I MIGHT LIKE IT TOO!!


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+ Maguss on February 19th, 2010 at 10:15 pm said:

I’m not at all ashamed to admit I really really really want this game and it’s totally a day 1 purchase.


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+ Darklurkr23 on February 19th, 2010 at 10:18 pm said:

I heard it’s gonna be 1/2 off on April Fool’s Day omg


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+ Jeigh on February 19th, 2010 at 10:27 pm said:

AN ACTION-SIDE-SCROLLER!? That’s the friggin’ thing that’s been frigging missing from my frigging XMB! You have no idea how often I’ve gone in there, looking for a dose of action, only to find puzzles, shooters and numerous other non-action things. Clearly, you’ve been struck by this same gap- you have my thanks for filling it! =)


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+ RavageHeitaro on February 19th, 2010 at 10:40 pm said:

in an age of never-ending shooters, this game is really a sight for sore eyes. GOW3 + CatGirl, March hols will be AWESOME :)


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+ Dignant22 on February 19th, 2010 at 10:44 pm said:

This looks pretty interesting…

Can’t wait to hear and see more from this game!!


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+ TheGuardianFID on February 19th, 2010 at 10:46 pm said:

I saw your preview of the game on G4 on Thursday and thought it looked fun, I thought it was only for that other console that shall not be named lol, glad to see it on the PS3, consider it SOLD!!! 8)


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+ Heratiki on February 19th, 2010 at 10:48 pm said:

Man does this look like a great sidescroller or what… Can’t wait for this to come out… Little hint kitties that come in demo form will sell faster…


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+ swiftshot93 on February 19th, 2010 at 10:53 pm said:

Not sure how I feel about the game yet but damn it has style. I


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+ Enigma777 on February 19th, 2010 at 10:54 pm said:

I always welcome another sidescroller. Just make sure to price it right (as in $10 instead of $15) and you may have something!


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+ DNAgent on February 19th, 2010 at 10:55 pm said:

Will there be a demo?


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+ zombie_56 on February 19th, 2010 at 11:00 pm said:

seen it on gttv looks pretty good!


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+ Seeing_Red_Again on February 19th, 2010 at 11:02 pm said:

Looks pretty awesome


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+ Darkpen on February 19th, 2010 at 11:06 pm said:

So how huge is the file size for this game anyways? Voiced cutscenes et all?


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+ Toxicitizen on February 19th, 2010 at 11:06 pm said:

The first few paragraphs of the post and the title made me groan and dismiss it pretty much instantly, but then I decided to watch the trailer anyway.

Sure glad I did. Game looks like it could be awesome. Definitely going to keep up to date with this one.


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+ BlackIceJoe on February 19th, 2010 at 11:11 pm said:

Congratulations on the trailer for Blade Kitten. Blade Kitten looks really nice.

Is there any chance of a return to TY the Tasmanian Tiger. I would love to see what could be done with the series on the PSP or as a downloadable game.


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+ LHD6 on February 19th, 2010 at 11:14 pm said:

Blade Kitten looks interesting… Can you please tell me how much this game is going to be? With all these games that are coming out, I am running low on money.


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+ EddyC__ on February 19th, 2010 at 11:28 pm said:

I Want !!!!

Looks Frking Sweet


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+ GATXShinGundam on February 19th, 2010 at 11:28 pm said:

Good XD day one


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+ CrimsonFox13 on February 19th, 2010 at 11:42 pm said:

Strange… But interesting!


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+ Kchow23 on February 19th, 2010 at 11:47 pm said:

looks like a great PSN game will be keeping an eye on it


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+ odd69 on February 20th, 2010 at 12:07 am said:

OMG day one buy. you guys will get a sale from me no doubt about it. Thank you for giving us a Platformer too , these games need to stay alive.


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+ shadysaiyanz on February 20th, 2010 at 12:15 am said:

Wow, this game looks rather exciting and the visuals are outstanding. from the looks of all that action in the trailer, im assuming this is gonna be a full game with a Platinum (ala Trine) correct?


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+ SpiritThief on February 20th, 2010 at 12:38 am said:

It looks good but I bet you will ruin it with a 15 dollar price tag and it being super short.


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+ TheGuardianFID on February 20th, 2010 at 12:42 am said:

I just read the comics on your site, good stuff, can’t wait to see where it goes!!! 8)


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+ LBartley on February 20th, 2010 at 12:42 am said:

Price is going to be everything here. The game looks like it has a lot of potential, but this recent trend of $15 games pushes them outside the realm of impulse buys. Please have sense enough not to do that to yourself.


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+ plaidfluff on February 20th, 2010 at 12:59 am said:

All-Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku-Nuku Gaiden.


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+ maddymad on February 20th, 2010 at 1:09 am said:

Love the artstyle. I’m buying this.


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+ Darkpen on February 20th, 2010 at 1:13 am said:

Please tell me that you guys are going to rethink that music because that’s a really terrible song. The way that the acoustic strings are treated are just really unpleasant, especially if its something that you have to hear on loop for an entire level or something.


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+ Zieghardt on February 20th, 2010 at 1:35 am said:

Catgirl Vs Giant Robots, what man could say no to that?


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+ ghamdikh1 on February 20th, 2010 at 1:56 am said:

@Steve Stamatiadis

is Blade Kitten a PSN exclusive or is it

coming to other consoles????????


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+ VitalogyPJ on February 20th, 2010 at 2:43 am said:

This is a PSN game? Wow it looks awesome :D


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+ Rude_Sparthan on February 20th, 2010 at 2:56 am said:

..it looks fantastic! ;)


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+ SPOOKULA209 on February 20th, 2010 at 3:25 am said:

looks kind of interesting


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+ Denuq on February 20th, 2010 at 4:10 am said:

canot wait to buy this, looks really cool, character designs remind me of Lin outta Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter


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+ Moonglare on February 20th, 2010 at 4:23 am said:

Uuuuhh, this looks quite awesome!! Must have =))


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