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Developer Diary for Godsrule: War of Mortals – Story and Myth

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Every game has a story — it doesn’t matter if it’s an involved plot within the game, or just the ideas and forces that shape it. The narrative of games is both the background “story” and the everyday experience of playing the games. Seeing a game — in this case, Godsrule: War of Mortals — go from concept to creation is one of the great things about actually working in the video game industry. This is its own type of story, and to share that with you, we bring you this Developer Diary.

This blog arrives courtesy of Egill Arnarsson, the Director of Game Design at Gogogic. Here, Egill tells us a bit about the origins and story behind a game like Godsrule. Read on to find out more!

Dev Diary: Egill Arnarsson on Godsrule Story and Influences

Did you know that the 1980 top-down shooter Centipede had a backstory? The spaceship players are using to blast those rhythmic pixel aliens is actually an elf armed with a magic wand. He’s even supposed to have a cape on!

Although many might think – especially for a simple 8-bit game like Centipede – a backstory would be irrelevant, unnecessary, and simply overdoing it. No… not necessarily. A backstory is necessary for developers and players alike to experience a game on a deeper level, to make all the elements come together and form a world worth exploring – a world worth spending your time in. During the conception of a game, whether it starts off with just a rough concept for a game’s core mechanic or merely as an awesome title, a designer’s mind quickly begins thinking about the backstory. That’s where the magic comes from. That’s where everything comes from. That’s what explains why a feral grizzly bear is devouring a life-sucking demon. It’s the “excuse”.

Being an Icelandic game developer, Vikings and Norse mythology came naturally to Gogogic. It is in our blood (literally). The company’s first MMO, Vikings of Thule, bore evidence of that. So naturally, that also became the starting point for Godsrule: War of Mortals.

Originally dubbed Legends of the Old North, the story’s first version revolved heavily around Norse Mythology, Yggdrasill, Ragnarok, and even Loki. It was supposed to be set in a post-apocalyptic world, devastated by the events of Ragnarok. The setting for Vikings of Thule – which did a fine job of blurring the lines between realism and mythological fantasy – felt right at the time. During the early production stages of Godsrule however, it became apparent that people didn’t have much understanding of or feelings towards Norse mythology – not like we did.

After a few iterations, it became clear. The direct references to the mythic tales we love started to fade. We started fabricating our own world, weaving together strings of fantasy, the mechanics we had established so far, the artwork, and still, just a few from Norse mythology. We felt like we’d gotten Vikings and Norse mythology out of our system. In a sense, we were free again.

While referencing any mythology helps place a story and scope it up, the original rewrite was supposed to be a spin-off from the first war between the Asir and Vanir. But we wanted even more freedom, more fantasy, a lighter overall mood and fewer constraints. It wasn’t until right before the game’s closed beta that the backstory – with a magic touch from SEGA – finally clicked. It became the heart of the game, pumping out curious creatures and spells, oxygenating all the game’s different mechanics, and made the whole world come to life.


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Godsrule: From the Land of Ice and Snow

Thorir Walked To Work

As we have mentioned, we have a game in Open Beta that we are quite proud of — Godsrule: War of Mortals. As we have also mentioned, this game is being developed by the fine folks at Gogogic — based in Iceland, this small development team has been working hard to craft a game where you battle over the fate of the Midrealms — a world torn asunder by New and Old gods.

Also did we mention Gogogic were based in Iceland? We  did, right? This becomes important because as it turns out the country was not named haphazardly. We received this message this morning from the Gogogic team:

“So we have a small snowstorm going on today, some people have not made it to the office, the police are asking everyone to remain indoors, every rescue crew has been called out to aid people stuck in traffic and such, we had a 20 car pile up and multiple other crashes, buses have stopped running, children that made it to school have to stay there as parents have been asked not to pick them up, so a lot of fun here in the land of ice and snow…”

I can’t personally relate to this ordeal — SEGA of America is based here in San Francisco, where the weather varies between a mildly balmy 68º F. and a slightly less balmy 59º F. However, many of us have seen snow on TV, where it is impressive, and I know several people personally who have touched it, and assure me it is quite cold. The photographic evidence we were sent (linked from this local news site) seems to suggest the toughness of Iceland’s Viking ancestry is not exaggerated in the slightest.

Iceland via Satellite:

Iceland Via Satellite

Some slight traffic issues:

Godsrule (Weather in Iceland is Fine!)

A minor reduction in visibility:

iceland visibility

And oh yes — most everyone at Gogogic still made it to work, frosted beards and all. Just another day driving their ships to new lands, to fight the horde, and sing and cry.

(ps. Yes, we know we used the same image twice — once on the blog front, once in the article. We don’t care. That icebeard is terrific).







Godsrule: War of Mortals – Open Beta Saga

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Part I: Saga of the Open Beta

We’ve introduced you to SEGA and Gogogic’s browser-based (and coming soon: tablet) free-to-play game, Godsrule: War of Mortals. We’ve posted a strategy guide and some general info to introduce you to the game, but let’s get into it: seeing this world come alive with players busy strategizing and building their armies and waging war – it makes a game into a living place, and it’s fun to see.

We Go To Gain a Little Patch of Ground

In Godsrule: War of Mortals, you build your village up, raise an army, and wage war over a chain of islands – all of which produce & provide additional resources to help your goal.

Your village exists in its own instance, where you build up different resource buildings and train your armies. This area is protected & you are free to develop it at your own pace – where the action happens is the battle map. Here, lands can be contested or dominated by either of the two factions – control of the land shifts to whoever has the most victories following a round, and currently, rounds last for 30 minutes each.

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Fight like a Viking

While Godsrule has its own distinct mythology and backstory, it also has clear influences – developer Gogogic, after all, is from the land of the epic saga – and the game’s combat is woven through with traditions of Viking and Norse mythology, along with a wide variety of other fantasy genres.

Yes, this means you will be training great wolves, and mighty warriors, and cunning archers; the core of the game even involves the World Tree (which you are reclaiming shards of for your chosen faction of gods).

It also means you get to approach the game like a Viking. That doesn’t mean all fury and swirling battle axes, although yes, there is that too (although charging right into battle will get you killed, and swiftly). What it means is getting into the rhythm of the game — building your village, allocating resources for new projects, training an army, and venturing forth.

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Your village is your home, and your sanctuary — think of what your’e doing in terms of lightning raids, taking your boat full of hardy warriors out into the unknown to join battles and make quick strikes against lands. Bring them under the sway of your faction, even for just a bit — either the Souls of Ascension or the Keepers of the Ancient — and collect the rewards. I’ve found the game to be a study in contrasts this way: the well-ordered planning of an efficient village rewards you with the right resources and armies at the right times, while on the battle map, the lightning-like guerrilla warfare, or the methodical brutality of a clan-run campaign, bring about lasting tactical advantages.

Over the next few weeks as the Open Beta progresses we’ll bring you core game concepts to help introduce the lore and strategy of Godsrule. Stay tuned for info on the game as well as the inside line on in-game events and updates!


Godsrule: War of Mortals — Now in Open Beta!

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We are happy to announce that Godsrule: War of Mortals has now moved into Open Beta testing!

SEGA’s joint project with Gogogic, Godsrule is a tactical real-time strategy/combat game where you will build up your village and raise an army, join a faction, and wage war against other players. Free to play and browser-based on the PC – as well as being in Closed Beta on tablets — Godsrule: War of Mortals has opened its gates to all for Open Beta on the PC – you can sign up right now at:

If you want to quickly get acquainted with some broad strategies – as well as more advanced tactics – you can also head over and check out the strategy guide:

This is your chance to take part in the active community and discussion which will help shape the game. You can follow our updates and help provide feedback in-game, on the official SEGA forums, or on our Facebook page:

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Godsrule: War of Mortals – Play with SEGA and Gogogic During Closed Beta Event

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Care to meet us on the field of battle?

This Saturday, February 16th, SEGA & Gogogic invite you to take up arms and join us in battle: we will be gathering as many people as possible to help test our servers and online play, get general feedback, and of course to enjoy the game with fellow players!

Godsrule: War of Mortals is a new game, currently in closed beta, developed by Gogogic and produced by SEGA. A browser game also in development for mobile, Godsrule combines city and army building with real-time PvP combat, set against a mythic backdrop of fantasy-inspired lore.

Here’s the info on the weekend event:

Godsrule: War of Mortals with SEGA & Gogogic

*Saturday, February 16th*
*12:00 – 2:00PM (PST)*

Here’s our User Names and which faction we will be fighting for:

Souls of Ascension

Roguelike (SEGA)
Puzzle Bus (SEGA)
Grima (Gogogic)
Gummudu (Gogogic)
Skrekkur (Gogogic)
Zurgur (Gogogic)

Keepers of the Ancient

Joi (Gogogic)
Ulfljotur (Gogogic)
Zaphod (Gogogic)
Smarty Pants (SEGA)

You may notice the Keepers of the Ancient are outnumbered — don’t let that fool you! They are wily and not to be trusted, and must be crushed. You can find me, Edward@SEGA, as the above-mentioned “Roguelike”, doing my best to bring glory to the valiant Souls of Ascension. Those of you with old-school Phantasy Star Universe PC/PS2 roots may remember Puzzle Bus (also listed above) as Max@SEGA.


You can still sign up to participate in the Closed Beta at:


For honor! For glory! For helping SEGA and Gogogic shape an in-development game and test server load for PvP combat!

To prepare, you can brush up on your combat skills by reading through this handy guide.

Rally your forces and we look forward to engaging you in fierce and unequal combat!

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Godsrule: War of Mortals: Closed Beta and Combat Guide

Godsrule: War of Mortals

If you haven’t heard, we have a new game in development with the fine creative minds of Icelandic developer Gogogic — Godsrule: War of Mortals. The game is currently in Closed Beta and you can sign up over at the site.

For those of you who are part of the game, you’ll see that Gogogic have worked hard to give depth and strategy to the game, both in building your village and crafting your army for waging war in real-time combat. It’s easy enough to pick up the basics, but there’s a lot going on … so, behold! Gogogic have put together a guide covering the basics of how to wage war, detailed the flow of combat, and provided some insight into advanced strategies you can use to swing the struggle in your favor.

Check it out here on the official game site:



Announcing Godsrule: War of Mortals and Closed Beta Event

Godsrule: War of Mortals

SEGA is proud to announce a new game, in partnership with Icelandic developer Gogogic — Godsrule: War of Mortals. 

Godsrule will be available for web browser and tablet — the game is an MMOG (massively multiplayer online game) that combines real-time player-versus-player combat with RTS (real-time strategy) elements, in a unique fantasy setting with an epic backstory.

Starting today you can sign up for the closed beta for the game: head to to create an account and participate in this ongoing closed beta opportunity.

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Game Features

Choose Your Destiny

Select a faction, build and shape a dynamic & persistent world, and train armies and craft spells to ensure victory!

Conquer Foes in Real Time

Team-based PvP combat takes place in real time, while you upgrade and customize your army, while community features allow for clan battles and resource trading.

Play Anytime, Anywhere

True cross-platform gameplay allows you to play on your PC browser or on-the-go on your tablet. PC and tablet players can play together, making it easier to get right into the game.

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Closed Beta Access

Want to help us test this game and provide valuable feedback? To be among the first to try Godsrule: War of Mortals, head over to to sign up now. Being part of the closed beta process will allow you to take control of your own army, as well as join an active community providing input and feedback for a developing game that will receive ongoing support.

We will be processing closed beta invites starting today and extending into the New Year — stay tuned for more news on the SEGA blogs and the Godsrule: War of Mortals site. Here’s a quick roundup of where to get info on this game:

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