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Gorgeously rendered in stylish pixel art, The Blade in the Bark places you in the shoes of a heroine bound to serve the God Tree in the fight against the Nightmare. Unlike most action adventure games, you can’t simply hack your way to victory – your mystical blade will only manifest in circles of moonlight, a rare sight in the shrouded, frozen North. As your quest progresses, magical runes will reveal more details about the rich fantasy world you’ve stumbled upon.

Inspired by Hyper Light Drifter and Titan Souls, The Blade in the Bark’s aesthetic is defined by its polished pixel art. You wouldn’t know from looking at it, but the artists on Team Isogon learned pixel art from scratch for the project, with art lead Miki Bishop helping to fill in the gaps and teach techniques to the team’s other artists.

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Awards and Recognition

  • 2016 DigiPen Game Awards

    Best Sophomore Game

  • 2016 DigiPen Game Awards

    Best 2D Visual Design

  • 2016 DigiPen Game Awards

    Most Poetic Experience

Game Screenshots

  • The game's heroine approaches a blade stuck in the base of a twisted, glowing tree, surrounded by darkness.
  • The game's heroine sits atop a wolf, gazing out at a snowy, forested landscape.
  • The game's heroine wielding a glowing blade in a dark, snowy forest.

The Team

  • Michael Bishop

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Lead & Character Artist

  • Jason Bray

    BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation

    Role: Core Engine Programmer

  • Nicholas Cameron

    BA in Game Design

    Role: Producer & Designer

  • Fernanda Coelho

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Prop Artist

  • Kyler Elmer

    BS in Computer Science in Digital Audio

    Role: Sound & Physics Programmer

  • Kailey Hara

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Creature Artist

  • Ian Robb

    BA in Game Design

    Role: Designer

  • Carsten Ronshaugen

    BA in Music and Sound Design

    Role: Sound Designer

  • Roxanne Sparks

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Environment Artist


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