Pax Dei

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Discover Pax Dei—a vast, social sandbox MMO inspired by the legends of the medieval era, with community and emergent gameplay at its heart. Pax Dei is the game we’ve been dreaming of making for longer than we care to remember. We can’t wait to see how players will engage with our world, and watch as their stories come to life.

Announcement video with interviews
Asmongold Pax Dei Alpha testing


Kuuhyppy (Moon jump) short film

A short film we created with our daughters when they were 3 & 8. Both of them also drew the characters they acted. This was a lovely little weekend project!

Animation:Jussi Kemppainen
ScreenplayMyy Kemppainen, Ruu Kemppainen, Kiia Kemppainen
Illustrations:Myy Kemppainen, Ruu Kemppainen, Kiia Kemppainen, Jussi Kemppainen
VoicesMyy Kemppainen, Ruu Kemppainen, Kiia Kemppainen, Jussi Kemppainen

Iron Danger – Shard of Time

A release trailer I created for my game Iron Danger

Iron Danger is my debut PC/PS5/XBOX game as a game director.

It is a game all about maximising your actions in combat with the help of infinite redos and intuitive trial and error. It is basically a gamified combat sequence animation tool (so cool)!

Play Experience

Gamescom 2019 Best experience: Winner

Finnish game awards 2021

Best creative achievement of the year 2020: Winner

Big screen game of the year 2020: Nominee

Finnish game of the year 2020: Nominee


Best of E3 2019: Nominee

Rock Paper Shotgun: The best game you missed in march: Iron Danger

A lot of games market themselves as being built around a “unique” mechanic. And while 90% of the time these mechanics are not in fact unique, every so often you get one that’s the real deal, and this tactical RPG with functional time travel is certainly one of ’em.

Iron Danger for consoles

Iron Danger was released for PS5 and Xbox S/X in 2023. Gamepad controls were finally added to the game and I think this is the best way to experience the game.


Iron Danger main theme cover by Game Music Collective


Info about the game


Iron Danger is a tactical combat game with a unique time manipulation mechanic. A never before seen combination that blends the tactical depth of turn-based games with the exciting action of real-time games.

Tackle challenging encounters with your party of two characters, using a variety of skills and highly interactive environments.

Maybe you will set an enemy on fire and kick them into a grain field for a proper barbeque, or set up a trap and fell a tree on top of them. The options are endless and it is you who will be deciding your own approach!

You have control over time

You have control over time

The core of Iron Danger is its unique time control mechanic. You can rewind time for up to 5 seconds whenever you want, trying different strategies and combinations of moves until you find the right one for the task at hand.

The time manipulation allows us to combine real-time combat gameplay with controls from more traditional, tactical turn-based combat games. This gives tactical combat a puzzle-like element, as you can continuously keep trying new approaches to turn impossible odds to your advantage and synchronize the actions of your characters for the perfect outcome.

You will die, but you will not fail!

World and Story

Iron Danger is set in a world of lofty fells, primeval forest, and placid lakes… as well as living gods and monsters of steel. The city of Kalevala, home of the humans who rebelled against the gods and forsook their protection, shines in the middle of this world, surrounded by towns, sea lanes and and woodlands under its protection.

But from the frozen north, a witch queen is leading her army on a quest for vengeance against the lords of Kalevala. Ancient ruins from the days when gods dwelled on the earth are opening to unleash forgotten powers, tempting humans and striving to overtake the world.

You’ll take on the role of Kipuna, a sharp-witted village girl, who becomes imbued with an ancient power that grants dominion over time and death. You must use your wits to control it as you’re drawn into the midst of a war between the city of Kalevala and the armies of the Northlanders driven by their witch queen Lowhee.

Your task is to master the power, in order to use it for mankind’s protection, while your enemies will seek to harness it in the service of total destruction.


Use unique time-rewind mechanics and experience a new take on tactical combat combining best aspects of real-time and turn-based combat.

Use highly interactive environment for your advantage to succeed against impossible odds.

Adventure in a world of steampunk fantasy and meet its unique inhabitants inspired by Finnish folklore.

Fight epic boss monsters on the path to fulfill your destiny.

No grinding; character progression pace is controlled by the story and every fight matters.

15+ hours of gameplay


PC Invasion – 90
“Iron Danger is a fun game that takes us to fantasy Finland and lets us play with time. This is a surprisingly good combination before you take interactive environments and the vibrant art style into account. If you want to play a fantasy RPG that’s lighter on the RP and heavier on G(ameplay), try this one out.”

DarkStation – 90
“From its inception to the execution, Iron Danger showcases a rare, coherent vision where everything comes together to form a unified experience, not least because of truly novel gameplay that holds it all together. I’m afraid that Iron Danger has spoiled other games in its genre for me. I can no longer imagine playing formulaic fantasy tropes with rigid combat and eternally repeated, tired systems.”

Player2 – 83
“Iron Danger feels like a breath of fresh air for CRPGs. While not a perfect game, its unique, time-based combat system is a pure joy to play with and worth the price of admission alone.”

Iron Danger Dev blog

    Videos of Iron Danger from around the web

    Video about Iron Danger by Force Gaming
    My interview by Geek-Pool
    The full Finnish Game Awards ceremony 2021

    Behind The Scenes

    The first prototype of the game rewind mechanic from 2015

    Related works

    Iron Danger – Teaser Trailer

    A teaser trailer I created for my debut PC game as a game director.

    Iron Danger Proof of Concept

    A proof of concept trailer for Sami Timonen’s Iron Danger movie.

    Iron Danger – Teaser Trailer

    A cinematic teaser trailer I created for my game. Music by Ilmari Hakkola.

    I created this trailer from a level I made for Iron Danger. The VFX, models and animations I used we from the game, but naturally I had to create custom animators and special versions of the particle systems to create a frozen in time effect. An effect the game leans heavily on, as time stands still while you plan your next moves.

    My debut PC/PS5/XBOX game as a game director. A game all about maximising your actions in combat with the help of infinite redos and intuitive trial and error. Winner of Best Creative Achievement of the year 2020 at Finnish Game Awards.

    Iron Danger – Shard of Time

    Remedy logo animations

    Collection of the different types of text animations I created for Quantum Break

    For Quantum Break I also got to create a set of various motion graphics. Mainly logo animations and in-game branding for Monarch corporation.

    Quantum Break logo animation

    The Quantum Break branded logo animations were created in After Effects with Video Copilot Element 3D & Trapcode Particular, carefully mimicking the look of the in-game stutter effect created by Janne Pulkkinen.

    The CFR branding video example

    I also created a bunch of in-game used branding content for screens in various levels.

    Ainola Alive

    A live visual VJ set for Meidän Festivaali celebrating Jean Sibelius and especially his wife, Aino. Together with my brother we produced visuals for 4 concerts in total.

    We did not know of the performances in advance, so I built a live visual set capable of adapting to any type of music. All effects were reactive to the music being played and we could control things by hand as well during the live performance. 2 persons were required to control the visuals and keep them going at all times. It felt like playing an instrument as a member of the band. We could play off of the performers and they of us as they were encompassed by the screen.

    I also designed the stage which was a first for me.

    A promotional clip created for the concerts
    A promotional clip created for the concerts
    Timelapse of the concert stage being built. I have the bald spot and the red shirt.
    The first performance at the stage we did.
    Direction:Jussi Kemppainen
    Illustrations:Antti Kemppainen
    Director of Photography:Toni Pasanen

    Stage previz renders

    One of the motion graphics sequences previsualisations sent for the client

    Behind the scenes

    On se hienoo

    A music video for GG Caravan. Directed by Jukka Salo.

    The character animation for this piece is created from a fly illustration my brother Antti drew and sent to me. I then animated the fly in after effects and printed out the frames. These frames I then cut out and photographed on a green screen. The crumbling up effect was created by stop motion animating the animated fly papers to crumple up.

    Angry Birds Wreck the Halls

    AB Holiday greetings video

    A fun little Christmas themed Angry birds holiday greetings video.

    Another Angry Birds short I worked on. For this my role again was the technical director. I was in charge of the character rigs and the development of the full studio animation pipeline from layouts to final image.

    Angry Birds Seasons Ham’o’ween

    AB Seasons Ham’o’ween short film

    A short movie to accompany a halloween themed update for Angry Birds Seasons.

    This was my first project at the new internal Rovio animation studio. I did the technical direction, character rigs and a bunch of compositing for this piece.


    Halton presentation video

    A corporate video created for Halton indoor climate solutions. I did the direction on this one.

    We made a number of different company presentation videos at Kombo, many of them very nice in their respective ways like this one, but they are almost all lost to time.

    W3 Awards 2011


    Vuoden Huiput 2011



    The full short film.

    Dieport is a fun short film by my friend Lauri Konttori. I was on the camera and did the color grade, among other things.

    The crew

    Cosmic Avenger

    A short animated film about 2 mail-robots that encounter an abandoned package. I was contacted by the director duo Mariko & Ismo after they had seen my music video Pieni ja Ihmeellinen. They loved its style and wanted to create an animated movie using the same visual style.

    This time we went even bolder with matching various animation styles and we introduced traditional stop motion puppet animation and servo controlled robots. We also expanded our use of costumed live action elements as parts of puppets.

    Behind the scenes image gallery

    Heaven Or Hell

    I got this gig just when I was returning from a holiday. I spent the whole trip home playing the song on a loop and feeling the visuals that it would give me. The idea I got was to visualise the DAW software: to replace each and every bar of music with a copy of the band member playing the correct part of the song.

    When I presented this idea to Osmo, he had just one catch: he played most of the instruments himself. The last video we did together featured multiple copies of him! I was still so exited about the DAW idea that I did this video with my original idea anyway.

    Maybe this is a trilogy? With the last video still to be made?

    Direction:Jussi Kemppainen
    Director of Photography:Toni Pasanen
    Grip:Lauri Konttori, Jyri Sääksjärvi

    MTV3 MAX – WW2

    A ad for donations to help the finnish war veterans. Created from actual war-time photographs.

    Fun facts:
    Made from concept to final video in 3 days in a very high fever with a laptop at home.
    1 day / setup.
    Uses basic camera projection techniques, but I wanted to move the camera "too much" to make it more interesting.

    Distorted Love

    Director:Jussi Kemppainen 
    Director of Photography:Toni Pasanen 
    Gaffer:Ville Vainio 
    Grip:Sami Kustila 
    Animators:Jussi Kemppainen, Ilmari Hakkola, Lauri Konttori, Tuomas Gustaffson

    Muuvi 2009


    A supplementary video filmed during the video shoot.

    Flora Christmas

    A miniature based advert for a vegetable spread.

    This ad is almost completely made with miniatures. We built a small globe and filmed it spinning. The actors were shot on a crane. 3D elements; like the cars, ships, road and water; were overlaid on the globe to add life to the scene.

    The globe asset and me as a young, bald eagle.

    All By Myself

    A live performance of a song by Osmo Ikonen. All video material is of the actual takes.

    The story behind this video is pretty freaky. I had discovered this cool Myspace artist, Osmo Ikonen, that was on heavy rotation at our animation studio office. We had listened to his stuff for maybe a week and I suddenly got a phone call from an unknown number. To my amazement, the caller was Osmo Ikonen, asking if I would like to direct a music video for him.

    Of course I did – free of charge!

    I can no longer remember where I got the idea for the duplicated people from, but needless to say I am into Michel Gondry big time!

    Direction:Jussi Kemppainen
    Performers:Osmo Ikonen, Petteri Sariola
    Director of Photography:Toni Pasanen
    Sound engineer:Niklas Nylund


    A film to celebrate an update to the Finnish financial magazine

    The animation and post production for this film celebrating an update of a Finnish financial magazine was created by me and Ilmari Hakkola in one week. We combined 3D, after effects and some filmed elements.

    Biisi Liisi & Kurittomat nuotit

    A teaser video for a new kind of note reading teaching method. Created at Kombo in the year 2008.

    DirectorJussi Kemppainen
    ScreenplayLauri Konttori
    IllustrationsLauri Konttori
    Director or PhotographyToni Pasanen
    ProducerKatja Kostiainen
    CompositingJussi Kemppainen, Ilmari Hakkola
    3D ModelingJussi Kemppainen
    2D AnimationLauri Konttori
    3D AnimationJussi Kemppainen
    Costume DesignerAnna Vilppula
    VoiceoverJarmo koski
    EditingJussi Kemppainen
    Color GradingJussi Kemppainen

    Pieni ja Ihmeellinen

    An AI HD remaster

    A music video for Retropop.

    For the longest time I had this idea of a music video with very very small planets. I tried to shop it around for quite a while without finding a great song to make it for. Then Universal luckily had a song about small planets as well and the rest is history!

    Original video on YouTube
    Direction:Jussi Kemppainen
    Screenplay:Lauri Konttori
    Puppets and Miniatures:Lauri Konttori, Jussi Kemppainen, Antti Kemppainen
    Wardrobe:Mirkka Kallio
    Gaffer:Toni Pasanen, Lauri Konttori
    Grip:Antti Kemppainen, Jyrki Kemppainen
    Drawings:Lauri Konttori, Tommi Ojala
    Thanks:Jyri Sääksjärvi, Tero Ahonen, Riitta Kemppainen
    Roosa Saarinen, Alex Keskitalo, Vanessa Riki, Markus Kallio
    Topi Kemppainen, Anna Kemppainen, Mikko Haapala, Arttu Kotisara

    Muuvi 2007

    Audience Choice Winner

    Behind the Scenes

    These photos are from my archives from all the way back in 2007



    Principal photography

    Non Stop Living

    Video content for Nokia Non Stop Living website. Shot and directed by me. This was my first commercial advertisement job. And this case actually prompted us to found the animation studio Kombo.

    Direction:Jussi Kemppainen
    Audio:Ilmari Hakkola
    Art Direction:Marko Vuorensola
    Production:Cao Quintas

    Cannes Lions 2008


    Vuoden Huiput 2007

    Honorary Mention

    The FWA

    Site of the day 8.10.2007


    An AI remastered HD video on YouTube

    In memory of Markus.

    A music video for Zarkus Poussa. A story about a couple who can not stop fighting but can not break up either.

    The first music video I have ever directed. This made me quit my then on-going game development career and go into video production for almost 10 years.

    Direction:Jussi Kemppainen
    Screenplay:Jussi Kemppainen, Zarkus Poussa
    Actress:Minna Puolanto
    ThanksJyrki Sukula, VIA ravintola

    OMVF 2006

    Honorary Mention

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