PvP Melee Action Game Versus: Battle of the Gladiator on Early Access Next Week

Coming from Korean developers Netker, Versus: Battle of the Gladiator pits you in brutal PvP melee combat against medieval opponents.

There’s a surprising lack of games that involve smashing people’s heads in in a gladiatorial setting. No, Russell Crowe, we certainly are not entertained. Versus: Battle of the Gladiator seeks to turn that around by putting you in the shoes of a captured slave as he or she fights in brutal arena brawls against other gladiators. You get to choose from 7 combat styles – one-handed, dual wield, shield, hwando, battleaxe, greatsword and warhammer. Hwando is a type of Korean sword, I’ve learned.

The gameplay features a non-targetting melee combat system that uses an advanced server system and physics simulation to deliver the rather fluid combat seen in the game’s trailer. I imagine low latency would be crucial to the combat, which seems to be based on animation and physicality. Have a look at it in the trailer below.

When Versus: Battle of the Gladiator hits Steam Early Access on June 20th, the game will feature 3 arenas: the Catacomb, the Colosseum and the Excalibur, of which the former two are Team Deathmatch maps while the latter is a Deathmatch map. There’s also going to be 3 PvE horde maps and 7 tutorial maps, which is certainly a lot. It seems learning the ropes of becoming a gladiator is no mean task.

As with any Early Access game (hopefully), the game will see constant content updates, fixes, improvements and more. The developers have particularly ambitious plans for the game’s full release, including Daily Missions, Community support, in-game economies and a store for cosmetics. You can buy it here on Steam for $19.99, and it will work with Windows. If you’re really interest, I’d suggest buying it now, as the devs believe the price will likely rise when the game hits full release. For more information, check out the official website here.

This Article was written by: Rahul Shirke

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