Extending the thrill of the 'bot battle way beyond the studio arena, Robot Wars - Arenas of Destruction [title tbc] on PlayStation 2 and PC CD-ROM promises to engage gamers with eight awe-inspiring arenas situated in diverse regions across the earth. The title is in development by Climax and scheduled for release in November by BBC Multimedia.
From the familiar grittiness of the TV studio arena to the blistering heat of the arena at a New York steel works factory...from the isolation of a North Sea oil rig to the chaos of the arena in a Brazilian car scrapyard...gamers get to battle it out not only with wildly different landscapes but also with the variety of challenges each individual setting brings.
Users can start by building their prize robot from a selection of shells, fuse a chosen exterior to the body and then create the most formidable machine ever to stalk the face of the planet. Are you ready to take on Sir Killalot, Dead Metal, Sergeant Bash, Shunt and Matilda - the house robots that have made grown men weep with sheer frustration at seeing their prized creations rendered useless and crushed beyond recognition?
Next, users choose their arena...heading straight for the familiarity of the TV studio or venturing forth into the unknown with one of the other seven battlegrounds. They can experience nature's fury at the volcano base arena, set deep inside the heart of Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, where a large rocket stands tall and proud in the centre in true James Bond style. Or navigate their radio-controlled gladiators around the hazards offered by the thick fog that lingers around the German dockyard arena, ever cautious of the huge metal containers that are constantly hoisted up then dumped with little warning. If that's not enough, they can try their luck with the dizzying heights of the roof-tops of the Japanese skyscrapers in Tokyo, perilous in the extreme! Or brave the freezing conditions of the disused Russian military base in Siberia...with hidden mines that lie in wait just under the snow and ice.
The key elements of the game include:
1. A wide array of pre-defined robots modelled on those featured in the TV series, including Chaos 2, Big Cheese and Panic Attack.
2. The famous, ludicrously over-armed house robots - Shunt, Dead Metal, Matilda, Sergeant Bash and Sir Killalot.
3. The ability to build your own robots: you can specify the basic design, size and weight and the type of weapon carried - flippers, spikes, flame throwers, hammers, crushers, saws, axes and many more!
4. Multiple gaming modes including Sumo, Slalom, Gauntlet plus the ultimate knockout competition - can you become Robot Wars champion?
"After the huge success of Robot Wars - Metal Mayhem on Game Boy Color," says Director of BBC Multimedia, Dave Lee, "we're extremely excited to be consolidating our position as a publisher of quality action games with this release on PlayStation 2 and CD-ROM. With an average of over four million people tuning in to watch the show on BBC TWO, we believe the game will fully satisfy the huge fan base that the show has built up by capturing the spirit and excitement of the on-screen battles. Robot Wars - Arenas of Destruction will also extend the TV experience to encompass a truly global flavour."
"Robot Wars is a huge license", commented Climax President Karl Jeffrey. "There's something addictive about the TV series, with its exciting and dramatic robotic clashes. But success demands a combination of strength, speed and technical ingenuity and the ability to design a robot that can hold its own in any situation. It's this combination of raw action and careful planning that makes Robot Wars - Arenas of Destruction an enticing game."
BBC Multimedia publishes Robot Wars interactive games under licence from Robot Wars Ltd and the producers of the television series, Mentorn.