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This unique ‘Stealthvania’, blending artistic and detailed environments with innovative parkour traversal, will arrive on PC in 2023

MUNICH, GERMANY –July 28th, 2022 –Koch Media and Cardboard Sword are excited to join forces to publish the developer’s debut title, The Siege and the Sandfox. The unique 2D 16-bit styled stealth metroidvania (Stealthvania) promising fluid platforming gameplay is coming to PC in 2023.
Watch the brand-new Announcement Trailer here:
The Siege and the Sandfox is a 2D stealth metroidvania with parkour platforming. Explore the majestic palace and ancient prisons of a kingdom under siege. Don the mantle of the legendary Sandfox as you venture into the ruins below, and discover the true threat from a sand-borne evil.
Use stealth to sneak through the environments, incapacitating enemies or ghosting past as if you were never there. Run, jump, slide, shimmy, pole swing and more as you navigate the intricate game world, finding new items and equipment, and unlocking previously inaccessible locations.

  • Expansive, non-linear exploration of a continuous world
  • Innovative stealth skills to sneak past enemies with dynamic gameplay and intuitive controls worthy of an epic assassin’s adventure
  • Merging modern effects and the spirit of the classics using Unreal Engine 4 results in a unique mixture of swift hand-drawn animations, backgrounds and a 16-bit art style
  • Dynamic gameplay-driven music system that builds tension and highlights danger
  • An eclectic range of characters to discover and aid along the way, and tools to help access new areas previously unexplored

“We’re extremely excited to launch our debut game, The Siege and the Sandfox, with the help of Koch Media. This project is a passionate combination of stealth and sixteen bit era games, brought into the modern world with beautiful visual effects and techniques. We wanted to make something new yet nostalgic, and Koch have helped us realize that.” – Olly Bennett, CEO of Cardboard Sword
The Siege and the Sandfox will be available for Wishlist on PC via Steam, Epic Store, GOG, and Humble as of today!
For more information about The Siege and the Sandfox, head to the official website:
Title: The Siege and the Sandfox
Platform: PC (Steam, Epic Store, GOG, Humble)
Genre: Metroidvania, Stealth, Platformer
Developer: Cardboard Sword
Players: Single player
Co-Publisher: Koch Media
Release Date: 2023

Cardboard Sword
Cardboard Sword is a UK-based indie development studio formed by experienced AAA developers. Between them, they’ve worked on titles including LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, Forza Horizon 1, 2 & 3, Elite: Dangerous, and more.
About Koch Media
The Koch Media Group is a global developer, publisher and distributor of video games, VR games, gaming hardware and merchandise.  
The group’s publishing, marketing and distribution activities extend throughout Europe, America, Australia and Asia. Koch Media has more than 25 years of experience in the digital media business and has risen to become a leading global publishing partner.
The Koch Media Group runs a multi-label strategy, with fully owned publishing units, such as Deep Silver, Prime Matter, Milestone, Vertigo Games and Ravenscourt; publishing games for consoles, PC and VR platforms across all physical and digital channels. 
Additionally - as a global publishing partner - Koch Media has formed long-term multinational publishing collaborations with numerous game publishers including; Activision Blizzard, Bethesda, Capcom, Focus Multimedia, Giants Software, Koei Tecmo, Paradox, Sega, SNK, Square Enix, Techland, THQ Nordic, Tripwire, Warner Bros and many others.
With its parent company in Höfen / Austria - and the HQ in Munich / Germany - Koch Media owns local publishing companies in Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Australia, the United States as well as Japan and Hong Kong.
The Koch Media Group owns 10 game development studios: Deep Silver Volition (Champaign, IL / USA), Deep Silver Dambuster Studios (Nottingham / UK), Deep Silver Fishlabs (Hamburg / Germany), Warhorse Studios (Prague / Czech Republic), Milestone (Milan / Italy), Voxler (Paris / France) , Digixart (Montpellier / France), Flying Wild Hog (Warsaw, Kraków, Rzeszów  / Poland), Free Radical Design (Nottingham / UK) and Vertigo Games (Rotterdam / the Netherlands). Additionally, the Koch Media Group collaborates with numerous independent development studios around the world.
Part of the Koch Media Group is also Koch Films; a leading European independent film distributor with business primarily in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy as a cinema, TV, online and Home Entertainment distributor. The Koch Media Group also owns leading video game merchandise companies Gaya Entertainment (Munich / Germany) and DPI Merchandising (Denver, Roseburg / USA) and a Quality Assurance Facility in Olomouc / Czech Republic.
Koch Media is an Embracer Group company.