The Calm Before

Computing & Wireless : Application Software

Available for licensing


  • Andrew Augustin
  • Zach Bohn
  • Jacob Burdecki
  • Tyler Coleman
  • Richard Cook
  • Nick Esparza
  • Neil Jones
  • Elora Krzanich
  • Zachary Lubell
  • Meredith Gammon
  • Matthew Nowacki
  • Richelle Rueda
  • Graciela Ruiz
  • Robert Stephens
  • Ross Marabella
  • Daniel Homan
  • Dane Bullen
  • Hannah Walker
  • Robert Beecher
  • Megan Johns

Background/unmet need

The Calm Before was developed as part of the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy (DSGA), an intensive, nine-month development program focusing on leadership and management for the video games industry. The DSGA is directed by Warren Spector (Deus Ex, Thief, Epic Mickey), a 30-year game industry veteran, and supported by Paul Sams (Ready at Dawn CEO) and Wofford Denius (Cain Foundation) and with the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. The Calm Before is a Windows PC video game built by the participants of the DSGA during the 2014-2015 academic year. The Calm Before was designed, developed, and managed by the participants themselves, with oversight from the DSGA faculty.

Invention Description

The Calm Before is a first person perspective adventure game, where players travel across strange lands, interacting with the world around them, in an effort to complete the final ritual. In The Calm Before, a sinister Storm looms over the land you once called home. Now you are called forth to defend it from certain destruction. Drawing upon the remaining vestiges of the power of the gods, and armed with their tools, you must breathe new life into timeless rituals to turn back the Storm before it consumes your homeland. You will come across a variety of challenges, but it is up to you to choose how to overcome them. Use your divine tools to drive back enemies spawned by the Storm, or seek out hidden paths to avoid them altogether. Use your light powers to slow-fall past obstacles, or solve ancient puzzles to open up lost temples of the gods. Whatever path you choose, every second counts. Donating light to the obelisks of the gods will grant you more time but sap your godly powers. If you can`t make it to the final ritual before the Storm, your island will be destroyed. Are you strong enough? Fast enough? Smart enough to stop the Storm once and for all?


    The Calm Before is a single-player game for Windows PCs.


    The Calm Before is a first-person adventure game, featuring an exotic environment to explore, puzzles to solve, creatures to interact with, and mysteries to be explored.

Market potential/applications

Gaming market

Development Stage

Commercial product

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